Energy Gel Performance
(Key Note: there is no significant performance shift across flavors of the same product)
1) Their main claim to fame is their patented 4:1 carbs/protein formula. Of course, the general benefit of a 4:1 ratio has been known about for awhile and is used in some major products. From what I can find, it’s also mainly touted as a recovery formula, not a during-exercise performance boost. As always, do your own running energy gel research.
2) This is minor, but to me it seems deceptive. On the Accel Gel site there are 6 studies purporting to show the efficacy of their product. Of them, only one makes the relevant comparison: carbohydrate gel vs carb+protein gel (FYI the comparison was favorable for Accel Gel). My problem is that the rest of the studies do things like compare how people perform when they use Accel Gel vs only using water. If you’re trying to increase credibility, don’t link to studies demonstrating things we know to be obviously true.
Energy Gel Experience
- Taste: my first impression was that it was peanut butter. I’m not joking. I had to take three times more sample tastes of this one than any other gel, just to figure out how they labeled it “strawberry kiwi.” Eventually, I sort of got an aftertaste of something that mostly tasted like pineapple flavor.
- Consistency (see video): super runny.
- Sweetness: mild to medium.
- Texture: smooth.
- Aftertaste: not-so-nice aftertaste that lingers for a bit.
- Ease of use (see video): easy package to open with its large, round top and double-sided tear option. Mouth is way too wide for how runny the product is; be careful or you’ll make a mess.
Energy Gel Health
*Massive Caveat: what is on the package/online at their site vs what is online at REI are two different things. I couldn’t find a press release for a new formula, so I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m hoping they did change it, because the old formula had Yellow 5 and other such junk. This review will be based on the package I tried.
- Quality of Ingredients/ Artificial ingredients: their website has “all-natural” listed above the nutrition facts, but I need to go back to my college chemistry class to understand what most of their ingredients are.
- Flavorings: “natural” flavors.
- Preservatives: none.
- Allergens: milk & soy.
Energy Gel Value
$1.75. Higher-than-average price.
Energy Gel Bottom Line
If you don’t care that this gel tastes nothing like it’s supposed to, you can eat milk & soy, and/or you want protein in your energy gel, check out Amazon for more Accel Gel – Strawberry Kiwi reviews and prices.