Food fight: Banana flavour Energy Gel v. A real Banana

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Renee McGregor, registered dietician, sports nutritionist and author of Training Food, compares the nutritional content and energy boost offered by Stealth Real Fruit Energy Gels in comparison to real fruit.

Banana flavour energy gel

The artificial sweetener used here – Stevia – gave the gel an unpleasant flavour. There are also a lot of ingredients in this gel for something that is so-called ‘natural’, and, while it claims to have no added sugars, it does contain maltodextrin and fructose. Fructose is a carbohydrate and a ‘simple sugar’.

A real Banana

A medium banana provides 80kcal and 25g carbs. In comparison, the gel contains 87kcal and 22g carbs, so there is little difference between the two. Bananas clearly only contain natural sugars, such as sucrose, fructose and glucose, all fuels easily processed for energy.

Verdict

‘While I can understand that some individuals may enjoy the taste of the Stealth Real Fruit Banana Energy Gel,’ says Renee, ‘I can’t find any reason to choose this over real fruit, unless you’re looking for a more portable energy boost.’