Just wondered if I could use this space to get some expert opinions from the cycling world on the use of sports nutrition products.
I habitually use electrolyte drinks when I ride, and get carbs from more solid food, like bananas, bars, and so on. On really long rides I may add carbs to my drink too. I sweat a lot so drink a lot, so it is important that what I put in the drink is good stuff.
Am I alone in wondering whether the stuff that goes into some of these sports drinks and bars and gels uses possibly the cheapest ingredients and sometimes things that make me wonder (I have seen carnauba oil in stuff - isn't this a polish?) .
I know that Mule Bars are organic and Fair Trade, which I approve of entirely, but have any of the drinks makers gone the same route? I can't think of any so wonder if the readership might enlighten me.
I do find that the electrolyte drinks help me with cramp, but I wonder if they and the energy drinks are really using the best ingredients, both from a "green" point of view and a nutritional point of view. I have heard, for example, that if you take your daily zinc when you have bread or cereal at breakfast time, the zinc is "grabbed" by something in the wheat and never actually gets where it needs to in your body, just straight down the pan!
Is there a desire in the cycling public for a clean drink that really is good for you? Shall I make one? What would I call it?
Food (and drink) for thought?