Taste, consistency, performance tests, and everything else you need to know to see if Huma Chia Energy Gel – Strawberries is the best energy gel for you. Everything is ranked according to my evaluation criteria.
- Huma gel apparently uses the same (or similar) research as Powerbar Gel, i.e. a glucose to fructose ratio of 2 to 1. If that’s the case, then the energy component of this gel is spot on. However, their sugar mix is slightly different. They use evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup instead of maltodextrin and fructose (or whatever). According to the website, the potential for a sugar flash’n’crash is mitigated by the chia seeds, which absorb a lot of the nutrients and then release them slowly. It’s a really interesting approach to carbohydrate absorption and seems to work.
- Chia seeds have been considered an “endurance fuel” for thousands of years in Mexico due to a multitude of factors. To name a few: the water absorption increases hydration, the omega 3’s reduce inflammation, the complete protein gives your body just enough amino acids when you need it, and there are more antioxidants than blueberries! If you haven’t heard of chia before, check it out.
- No added vitamins/minerals/amino acids/etc. This stuff is clean, for better or worse.
- Taste: Wow. WOW. This stuff literally tastes like strawberry jam. It tastes good relative to real food, not just “good for an energy gel”. Unbelievable. I thought having to acquire a taste was part of eating energy gels.
- Consistency (see video): a bit thinner than strawberry jam. Dissolves quickly and easily with water.
- Sweetness : mild.
- Texture: mostly smooth, occasionally you can feel a bit of chia seed but not in a bad way.
- Aftertaste: none. They claim it’s because there aren’t any “added flavorings,” so it’s just like eating strawberry jam.
- Ease of use (see video): Easy. Top comes right off. It is slightly bulkier than GU.
- Quality of Ingredients/ Artificial ingredients: very interesting part of the product. It’s 100% all natural, but it goes beyond that: there isn’t a single ingredient you need a science book to understand, and they keep the total number of ingredients down to about 7. Real food indeed!
- Flavorings: none. Fruit purees contribute all the taste.
- Preservatives: none.
- Allergens: none.
$2.25. You are paying for truly all-natural ingredients, which are always more expensive than cheap fillers.
Running Energy Gel Bottom Line
I think you’ll actually look forward to eating this gel. The taste alone is worth the extra cost, but if you’re also an ingredient-checker, this is your gel. They also claim the natural ingredients solve the upset stomach issue, but try it for yourself. If GU works for you, then stick with GU. For everyone else, check out Huma Gel and be pleasantly surprised.
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