Racing Fuel: Appraising the Bar
Energy food now comes in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream. With help from Beavercreek, Ohio, nutritional consultant Pamela Nisevich Bede, we fueled up with an old favorite and some new standbys to see what really works.
The Good: The cheapest option for calories, and it's available everywhere; yumminess lessens taste fatigue during long hauls.
The Bad: All that fat takes too long to digest duriung short spurts; lots of empty calories.
Cost/100 Cal: $0.37
Carbs: 34.5 grams
Protein: 4.3 grams
Fat: 13.6 grams
The Good: Great mix of fructose and glucose for lasting energy; easily digestible and has electrolytes, too.
The Bad: The most expensive option per calorie; some dislike the texture.
Cost/100 Cal: $1.14
Carbs: 27 grams
Protein: 0 grams
Fat: 0 grams
The Good: Dairy-free and organic for clean-burning energy; health food that tastes like candy.
The Bad: Slim on calories for an energy bar; 2 grams of fiber make it tougher to digest while going hard.
Cost/100 Cal: $1.06
Carbs: 24 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Hammer Sustained Energy
The Good: Ample complex-carb bang for the buck; easily absorbed liquid loaded with electrolytes.
The Bad: The consistency, similar to milk, turns some stomachs.
Cost/100 Cal: $0.91
Carbs: 68 grams
Protein: 10 grams
Fat: 0.4 grams
Honey Stinger Waffles
The Good: Organic, slow-burning, and packed with micronutrients; tastes like dessert.
The Bad: Not very calorically dense; a bit fatty.
Cost/100 Cal: $0.88
Carbs: 21 grams
Protein: 0 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Clif Shot Roks
The Good: Contains whey protein for muscle maintenance; malt balls have never tasted so good.
The Bad: Chewy texture might be tough to swallow when parched; spendy candy.
Cost/100 Cal: $1.11
Carbs: 37 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Fat: 4.5 grams