Carbohydrates - of which sugars?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Lien Sdrawde, 28 Jan 2018.

  1. I'm rubbish with nutritional stuff - with carbohydrates ' of which sugars' is a higher a mount better for cyclists or the lower amount?

    I ask cos I've just compared Bassets Jelly Babies to Haribo and the Shot Blocks and found cost per unit 100g is worth exploring for me. :-)
  2. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

    North Yorkshire
    You need to get out more, mate.
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  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    If you need an instant hit, you want a higher amount of sugar. For longer term release you want less sugars as a percentage of the carbs.
    My advice? Eat real food and buy cheap and cheerful Dextrosol tabs for instant boosts...
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  4. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    The shot blocks are a much slower release. I used to use them in my marathon days.
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  5. mgs315

    mgs315 Senior Member

    I tend to go for low sugar. Even for an energy hit my gels are 36g carb per 100g but only 1 gram of sugar. Slow release stuff like Porridge is the same too. Then again I’m a boring farker who eats chicken salad most days.

    Having said that higher sugar things like bananas or the odd Haribo on a long ride make me feel better.
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  6. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

    Orange jelly babies are better for you, they contain vitamin C in extra high doses ..
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  7. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Had never heard of them. They sound interesting.
    Are they good for dropping in water bottles?
    Do you have a preferred/handy source/supplier?

    My current source of quick sugar is lidl wine gums but these may be more compact and handier for my longer rides.
  8. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    They are called ‘Dextrosol’, you can find them in supermarkets and chemists. Break in half to put in a water bottle as they dissolve quicker. They tend not to go sticky either.
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  9. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Just reading “faster” by Michael Hutchinson (great read by the way). I’m on the chapter about diet. Interesting stuff and I’m learning a little.

    Answer seems to be it depends. Certainly if your doing riding around threshold (racing I suppose) then your carb intake is key whilst riding. Longer distance appears to be more of a fat reliance.

    But it’s complicated. Sorry.
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  10. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Ooh, that'll be why I'm so good at distance :laugh:
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  11. keithmac

    keithmac Über Member

    Is that not when people hit "the wall", all carb energy stores depleted and body has to start metabolising fat?.

    Could be wrong mind..
  12. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Yes, if you are burning muscle glycogen faster than your body can regenerate it, you will bonk. Well trained athletes can go for around two hours of 'moderate' intensity exercise, because fat is also being metabolised to supplement muscle glycogen. It's a bit like living off your salary (fat), whilst also dipping into savings (glycogen) to cover your monthly expenses, eventually you'll run out of savings, and you'll have to live on your salary (fat) alone. You won't be able to utilize refined sugars fast enough, its dangerous to leave it floating around in your blood, so it will get converted to fat, even whilst riding, but if you concentrate on eating 'real' food you'll likely release glycogen into the blood more slowly and you'll boost your 'savings' meaning you can work harder for longer, or to continue the analogy, spend more for longer.
    Last edited: 19 Feb 2018
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    If you’ve depleted your glycogen store, any glucose sugar in your blood will be used directly by your brain first and formost (it can’t run directly on fat), the rest will be prioritised for glycogen replenishment not fat.
    Muscles can’t use sugar from the blood unless converted to glycogen first.
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  14. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Thanks for the clarification, I could do with brushing up on the topic!
  15. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

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