The reason a 2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose formulation works so well is actually rather simple, but it has been overlooked by research scientists until recently. This is because Fructose (fruit sugar) has always been deemed slow and ineffective because of its low glycaemic index. Glucose on the other hand was the preferred sugar for use in sports drinks until Maltodextrin (a polymer containing many glucose molecules) was discovered. Maltodextrin is the best carbohydrate to use in isolation, but what happens if you mix Maltodextrin with Fructose? Unlike Maltodextrin and Glucose, which compete with each other for absorption, Maltodextrin and Fructose are absorbed in parallel, so you get the ultra-fast energy supply from Maltodextrin, plus the slower energy release from Fructose. In total, there’s a 40% greater delivery of carbohydrate to the working muscle.
So that’s the science, what about the taste? The flavours of these gels are sensational. Without the need to resort to using dairy and using natural extracts, Torq have created two yoghurt flavours (Strawberry and Black Cherry). We accept that some people don’t like the taste of yoghurt though, so have produced three non-yoghurt flavours too (Orange & Banana, Forest Fruits and Banoffee). The texture of the TORQ gel is light and syrupy. It doesn’t stick to your mouth and you don’t need water to wash it down. We have deliberately designed this gel to be easy to consume when you are on the move. NATURAL Guarana: Three of our gels do not contain any caffeine, but the Forest Fruits and Banoffee ones do. There’s 89mg of caffeine in each ‘Guarana’ gel. Most other gels on the market only contain 50mg per serving. They also tend to use chemically manufactured caffeine, where as we use a Natural Guarana Extract – it turns the gel a rich gold colour. The Guarana gels give a huge kick. The caffeine stimulates your nervous system, improving muscle function, fat burning, mental focus and reaction time, so is an ideal product to use in the latter stages of a race or for ultra-distance competitions.