Fueling myself for running is the bane of my existence. Or… at least one of the bigger challenges of my endurance running
career hobby. I had recently seen Electro-Bites by Fuel100 and was eager to try them. When the opportunity arose to get some and post a review, I was completely on board. (FTC Disclosure: that means I was sent one free package of each flavor to test/review.)
The bites are a 100 calories per bag and they contain pretty simple, yet unique and different, ingredients. I say unique and different because they’re not straight sugar. So…. What’s in Electro-Bites?
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Agave Syrup
- Potato Starch
- Sodium (190mg) , Magnesium (46mg), Potassium (55mg)
Why those ingredients in a product that is designed as nutrition for athletes? Why not a variety of sugars? The creators were pretty focused with their research and development. Some details in particular I found interesting:
- Coconut Oil: reduces inflammation, digestive aid, improves utilization of blood glucose (and more)
- Agave: faster acting sugar, rapidly absorbed, healthy bacteria that are good for digestion (and more)
- Potato Starch: It’s a good carbohydrate source
Electro-Bites come in 5 flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Salty Vanilla, Simply Salty and Salty Vinegar.
Wait, what? Vinegar?!
Yeah, I was a little apprehensive about that one. But you know what? It’s good… the vinegar flavor is hardly there at all… it’s not like you’re eating a pickle juice bite. But I think my favorite flavor of all was Salty Vanilla.
I used Electro-Bites to train for the half marathon I ran in May. In terms of fueling, they were great! I never felt like I had some kind of sugar overload and they tasted good. They dissolve pretty quickly in your mouth so they are easy to chew up and they didn’t bother my sensitive gut. I didn’t like the actual package they came in, because I didn’t eat the entire pack at once (that would have been too much to chew) and preferred to pull a few out and eat them, then grab a few more about 10 minutes later. So instead, I dumped them in a small snack-size zip-top bag. I carried them in the shoulder pocket on my Orange Mud pack, so they weren’t too squished but jamming them into a tightly packed waist band could potentially leave you with dust if you’re not careful.
Electro-Bites Final Notes
Electro-Bites were created by two women, both mothers and both super speedy… you can read their bios, see their times and learn more about how the product came about. Hint: It involved one of them losing a crown during a race due to a chewy fuel. They are based out of Mukilteo, WA… they should bring samples to runners at Ragnar Northwest Passage! (I say this because I’m going to be at that event! LOL!)
They retail for $13.20 for a 6 pack via the website. So that’s about $2.20 a pack, pretty much in line with some of the more premium fuel options I’ve seen.
I would buy these for future races, it was a different form of fuel but it works for me. I like that it’s a potato-based product, something I’ve considered due to popularity at ultra aid stations, but in a more convenient form!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Fuel100 Electro Bites for free from Fuel100 as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for gear review publication.