The SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chews cross between a gel and a bar. If you are looking for something more solid than a gel but don’t want something as solid as a bar, they are a good option. I generally prefer something of this nature for hikes. Hiking with gels doesn’t really do it for me.
The SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chews provide easy-to-eat energy and be combined with other SIS products. The downside is they are expensive.
About the Brand SIS:
For starters, what is SIS? SIS stands for Science in Sport.
Science in Sport is actually the world’s leading performance nutrition brand. They combine world-class knowledge and scientific formulations to provide optimal performance solutions for athletes. As they say on their website, “if you don’t obsess, you don’t progress.” Something I don’t necessarily agree with, but anyway.
About the SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chews:
What makes the SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chews Different?
The Beta Energy Fuel Chew delivers 46 grams of carbohydrates in a unique chew. As endurance athletes exercising over 2 hours, most of us need 80-120 grams of fuel per hour to maintain performance. The Beta Energy Fuel Chew are designed with a new ratio that helps increase carbohydrate efficiency without gastrointestinal discomfort. YAY for less stomach issues.
I should expect with a product called “Science in Sport” the amount of Science you discover and read about on their website. Of any product I’ve reviewed, I’ve found the SIS to be one of the most informative.
What is the new ratio in the SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chew?
The 1:0.8 ratio of maltodextrin to fructose increases the percentage of ingested carbohydrate oxidized (known as efficiency) from 62% to 74% when compared with a ratio of 2:1. The 1:0.8 ratio of maltodextrin to fructose reduces the feeling of stomach fullness when compared with a ratio of 2:1. They worked closely with elite athletes in researching this new ratio.
My Experience with SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chews:
I always appreciate when brands talk about the history of their product and how they moved forward. One thing I’m cautioned of is the overemphasis on elite athletes. While yes, it’s great to hear I’m not an elite athlete. Will this product actually work for me, the hobbyist?
I first used the Beta Energy Fuel Chew on a longer hike. I was out for about 3 hours. I decided to take a few chews every hour and see how I felt. I probably should have tried at least one at home to make sure I liked it. Anyway, I did feel good throughout the hike. I had more energy and wasn’t “hoping I was done” by the end. I think the Beta Energy Fuel Chew does exactly what they claim, and I didn’t feel “too full” or have stomach issues along the way. The risk (of trying something new during a long hike) was worth the reward.
SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chew Taste:
Since they are a chew, it’s advisable to have them with water. I did just that. Unlike a few other chews, they aren’t sticky and don’t make a mess.
Lemon: I am a big lemon fan, so I was excited to see how they tasted. Unlike gels or powders, I wasn’t too worried it would be “too sour.” The lemon tasted good and was easy to consume, like a lemon gummy bear.
Orange: The orange Beta Energy Fuel was just as easy to consume. It was sweet without being overpowering and, unlike many other chews, wasn’t “too sticky.”
Cost: 6 pack for $12.60
the SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chew aren’t cheap. If you break it down, it’s basically like having two gels for a package, so 12 servings altogether.
SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chew Conclusion:
I like the Beta Energy Fuel Chew, and I think they make for great and easy hiking or long endurance sport snack. I would be likely to use them while trail running as well. Personally, I prefer something I don’t have to chew when road running. My only complaint is they are more expensive than many other fueling products. Other than that, they do exactly what they say.
Questions for you:
Have you tried SIS Beta Energy Fuel Chew?
What is your favorite fuel?