This energy drink from Multipower is called Multicarbo firstly because it contains lots of carbohydrate (every 100g contains about 89g of the stuff) and also because it contains two types of carbohydrate: glucose and fructose.
Why two types? Because, while many energy drinks are based on glucose alone, some nutritional studies show that a glucose-fructose mix is a more effective source of energy. Here's why:
Generally speaking, if the source of the carb is glucose alone, most athletes can absorb no more than about 50g of carbohydrate per hour. You could take more than 50g into your stomach, but it wouldn't do you any good because the body simply couldn't absorb it. However, fructose and glucose enter your bloodstream by different methods. You absorb your 50g max of glucose, and then take on *more* carbohydrate via the fructose. This extra carbohydrate can then be converted into energy to make you go faster or more easily - depending on what you aim for in a ride.
Is this claim true? Many studies say it is, as do the manufacturers of glucose-fructose energy drinks (quel surprise), but personal experience bears it out, too. I've used several bottles of this Multipower Multicarbo drink mix on some long training rides through the winter, and it certainly seems to provide a good sustained supply of energy. Of course, the only way to be absolutely sure it works for you is to test it yourself, but I would recommend it as well worth a try.
A tub of Multicarbo drink contains 660g of drink mix. The label on the tub says this provides 12 servings (of 55g) to be mixed with 500ml of water. Each serving then provides 50g of carbohydrate and 209kcal of energy.
The obvious pay-off of being able to absorb this source of carbo more quickly is that 500ml is potentially not going to last so long, so take this into account if you rely on drinking only during a long ride.
The drink's main ingredients are given as simply maltodextrin and fructose. (The former is a source of glucose, usually derived from wheat or maize; the latter is usually derived from sugar cane or sugar beet, but sometimes also from maize - Multipower doesn't say which). And that's about it. This is a carb-only drink, so there's only the smallest traces of protein and fat. The ingredients list also mentions sodium, magnesium and potassium - all essential minerals to replace those lost by sweat - to help you retain fluid and avoid cramp.
The only flavour available is Red Orange. The taste is refreshing and not sweet like some other energy drinks - a definite plus if you're drinking a lot on a long ride.
A tub of Multicarbo drink costs a penny under £11 on the Multipower website, but you can find it cheaper on other on-line stores - sometimes down to almost half the RRP, making it very good value.
Refreshing and effective carbohydrate energy drink.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Multipower Multicarbo Drink
Size tested: Red Orange
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
This is a pure carbohydrate energy drink, aimed at endurance athletes. Here's what the Multipower website says are the benefits:
" *Delivers a fast-acting energy boost with magnesium
*Great pre-training drink for sustained energy
*Contains magnesium to prevent cramping
*Easily digested "
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The website gives the nutritional value as follows:
Protein < 0.1g
of which sugars 26.4g
Fat < 0.1g
of which saturated fatty acids < 0.1g
Fibre < 0.1g
(all per 55g serving)
I've used Multipower Multicarbo drink mix on several long training rides, and it certainly seems to provide a good sustained supply of energy.
Value is fair at the RRP, compared to similar products. At some on-line stores you can sometimes find down to almost half the RRP, making it very good value.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Taste. Performance. No ill-effects.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 50 Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm Weight: 11 stone / 70kg
I usually ride: an old Marin Alp My best bike is: an old Giant Cadex
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,