Sport Beans

Jelly Belly
Product Description: 

Come in Fruit Bunch, Berry Blue, Orange and Lemon Lime flavours.

Ingredients:

Sugar, corn syrup, contains 2% or less of the following: natural flavour, thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacinamide (Vitamin B3), absorbic acid (Vitamin C), citric acid, citrus pectin, potassium citrate, sodium citrate, sodium lactate, red 40, blue 1, beeswax, carnauba wax, confectioner's glaze, salt.

Suitable For:

Snack: Not recommended.  this is a lower calorie (100cals) product, which lacks the fibre and other nutrients that may be found in better real food snack options.
Pre-exercise: The jelly beans have adequate carbohydrate and neither fat nor fibre making them an acceptable pre-exercise food alternative one hour before exercise.
During exercise: Recommended for endurance exercise lasting longer than 90 mins.  Each package contains 25g carbohydrates, so athletes may need to consume 1.5 to 2 packages to meet the carbohydrate recommendations of 30-60g/hour.  Consume with fluids.
After-exercise: Contains 25g of carbohydrates which can help restore muscle glycogen.  Best if consumed with other high carbohydrate foods, protein for muscle repair, and fluids.  Likely not enough sodium to replenish all lost in cases of high sweat rates. 

Taste Ratings:

"I love the taste of regular jelly beans and also enjoy the taste of Sport Beans! The added electrolytes didn't give them a salty taste which other electrolyte products sometimes have."-Recreational swimmer

"I enjoy the taste and texture of the beans but I fumble with the package. I am a little worried about the risk of choking with my athletes. It's hard to concentrate on running and chewing at the same time during a high intensity race." -National Distance Running coach

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From the makers of Jelly Belly, sport beans are a sport carbohydrate product in the form of large jelly beans (as opposed to the more commonly used gel).

They have the same carbohydrate content as regular jelly beans, but with the addition of electrolytes and Vitamins B and C.

Best utilized in endurance sports lasting longer than 60 minutes where carbohydrate replenishment is needed such as distance running, triathlon, cycling etc.

Disclaimer: Statements and opinions expressed in product reviews are personal views of individuals, and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of SportMedBC, nor does SportMedBC accept responsibility for the nature or accuracy of such statement and opinion. Consult a sport dietitian for more information on sport nutrition products for performance. No chemical analysis is conducted on products. SportMedBC cannot guarantee products are free from prohibited substances.

Overall rating: 4/5 The rating system is on a scale of 1-5. below are the classifications: 1=very poor choice 2=not recommended 3=suitable for some individuals/athletes in specific situations 4=overall a good product, meets majority of requirements and will suit most situations 5=great product, well formulated and will suit most individuals and situations. Final Comments: If you are an endurance athlete who is interested in tasting something new, consider trying Sport Beans during your longer exercise sessions.
Where to Buy: 
They are just becoming available in Canada, they are currently only found at a few sporting goods stores.

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