I recently have taken an interest in carb-enhanced sport goo. I'm seeking out anybody who is into nutrition science, or has verifiable information on the advantage/disadvantages of using eating gooey sport gel in the middle of a tournament round. Is it a hoax?
Never tried it. I am not a nutritionist but I do research it quite a bit. What you want before the round is a well-rounded meal with about equal amounts of carbs, protein, & fat. Carbs, by themselves, will be "inhaled' very quickly by your system causing a quick spike in blood sugar which quick yo-yos the other way. Always eat carbs with fat &/or protein because fat & protein digest slowly and this slows down the entry of carbs into the bloodstream giving you a slower sustained energy boost. So if I needed mid-round sustenance, I would go with an apple and some mixed nuts or beef jerky. You could also eat one of those awful tasting meal replacement bars.
I know they work great when I am bicycling. They are compact, lightweight, easy to carry and consume while riding.
I can easily carry high carb or high protein snacks and beverages in my bag when disc golfing, so there is no need to pay money for pricey gels. Also, not burning near as many calories discing as when riding.
Power Bar has a couple that taste ok. Have not tried or tasted the others.
My girlfriend uses these things all the time for her endurance training on the bike and running. During her Ironman race people were popping these things on the bike like they were candy. You should have seen the trash some of these people left.....I think litterbugs should have time added onto their total time (and strokes added onto disc golfer litter bugs).
My girlfriend is also a personal trainer/nutritionist, so I'll try to ask her what she in regards to gels being applicable to disc golf. My initial thoughts coincide with JD's comments. I think their are better solutions for disc golfers in general......unless you plan on biking or running a considerable distance to and/or from the course.
I vote for a disc golf triathlon. Bike to the course with a few select discs, run between throws, swim after your disc, then bike home. This could attract a new breed of disc golfer and some new sponsors!
Unfortunately gels are not always the right answer. For a short round they are fine, but if you are playing a prolonged tourney they should be avoided. The best thing for a tourney is heavy carbo-loading the night before. This will keep you going through out the day. I use the MAX ACM from Max Muscle for carbo-loads. The other issue with gels and such is that they can contribute to pre-mature fatigue. Stay away from stimulants until the very end if you really need them! Protein and fats are complex and it takes energy to break them down...this means you are using energy that could be used to play the round. Stay light with the protein and fats!!!