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  • MattHurst

    Reminds me of a scene from the kids animated film cloudy with a chance of meatballs

    – “No, no gummy bears, you know how you get after eating those”

    World champion ;)

  • Paul Kantor

    of course James is the one to write an article on Haribo

    • James Huang

      Don’t rain on my parade, Paul. I’ve waited a long time for this.

  • Willbert

    Just make sure you don’t get the Sugar-Free version, unless you’re giving them to a competitor….

    https://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Sugar-Free-Gummy-Bears/product-reviews/B008JELLCA

    • James Huang

      I don’t even have to open that link. Always good for some laughs!

      • Willbert

        Great reading if you are having a bad day!

        • James Huang

          Or even if you’re not :)

    • santiagobenites

      OMG! The customer reviews section of that Haribo Amazon product is so funny! Pure tears of laughter!!

    • DaveRides

      Maybe that’s what Matt Renshaw ate last week?

  • Nate Sheetz

    “In contrast, American Haribo candies (and American Coca-Cola) use fructose, in the form of corn syrup, almost exclusively.”

    Please correct this, because it’s just wrong. HFCS is only 55% fructose, not “almost exclusively” fructose.

    • v8coach

      Yes – exact % may vary only slightly but 55% fructose 45% glucose would be typical of HFCS.
      Sucrose (Table sugar) breaks down into 50% Glucose, 50% fructose.

    • James Huang

      Sorry, yep, you are correct. I’ve just updated the article, and thanks for the note.

      • Nate Sheetz

        Glad to see. However, I still have a couple of questions:

        1. Is it actually true that the European gummy bears have a much lower concentration of fructose? I don’t know their exact ingredient list, but a naive guess might be that it’s about 50/50, which is to say, not much different from 55/45 in typical HFCS-based products.
        2. How does this affect the practical consequences? What ratio of fructose would be “optimal” from a recovery perspective? My vague recollection is that fructose absorption is slower than glucose absorption, but I don’t recall by how much.

        • James Huang

          I can’t comment on the specific ratio, nor am I qualified to say what ratio is optimal or exactly how the mix would affect calorie absorption. I’ll see if maybe Allen can chime in.

          I will say from a personal perspective, though, that American Haribo gummies make me much more jittery than European ones, and I also suffer more of a blood sugar crash afterward (which, coincidentally, is the same thing that happens to me when drinking American vs. Mexican Coca-Cola).

          Does it matter from a physiological perspective? No idea, but I know which ones I like better :)

        • James Huang

          Ok, here’s a reply from Allen Lim:

          “Having both glucose and fructose increases the net oxidation of carbohydrate and also improves absorption of carbohydrate and water absorption. In theory, this will also improve glycogen re-synthesis post exercise and potentially enhance recovery. That said, given enough time, it’s likely that any high calorie carbohydrate or mixed meal will do the same. In terms of what ratio of carbohydrate is optimal, this likely depends on one’s own individual physiology and the amount of carbohydrate someone is trying to ingest. Imagine the transport of carbohydrate across the intestine like doors into a supermarket. One door may be plenty to handle all the people or carbohydrate coming in, but if there is so much carbohydrate trying to get in that one door gets saturated, having another door can help. In the gut, once glucose transport is maximized, then having fructose can help since fructose is transported via a different “doorway.” But, this is all a moot point, if neither doorway is saturated. In summary, having both fructose and glucose is optimal and having a ratio with more glucose than fructose is likely the best though an actual specific optimum is likely dependent on continuously changing factors and hard to specifically predict.”

  • Said EL BANNI

    that first picture is just beautiful. well done

  • George Darroch

    This is why I come here… Great work.

  • Altimis Nuel

    lolz glad I am not only one eat this gummy bears!

  • RayG

    Where’re the bacon and egg rolls? Then you get you utilise the lard transporter, as well.

  • cthenn

    A cheaper version of Clif Bloks…

  • badhombrebigdo

    Sugar FTW….

  • Sean Doyle

    Good old ice coffee does me.

  • Stewie Griffin

    In short : yes you should, 100g of haribo’s contain 77 g of carbs (45g sugar) and 7g of protein. I’ve been doing this after races for the last 3 years, works great. Additionally I enjoy a brew too after munching on those bears

  • Nitro

    If you need a product tester to conduct (very non scientific) experiments as to what happens when you slam multiple packs of Gummy bears AND Coke – let me know – Happy to donate my body to science.

  • Chuck6421

    Maybe a sidebar topic, but how about a post-ride strategy for us normal humans who could use shedding a couple (tens) of pounds but can still manage 16mph for a a couple hour ride? Do we carry the fuel needed to recover afterwards, and not need a protein supplement? Or does that need to be catalyzed with some carbs (‘fat burns in the flame of a carb’)?

    • Durian Rider

      Bro if you are overweight then you DON’T have a protein deficiency you have to worry about xD
      If you are a fat american then eat like a lean Kenyan – rice, sugar, corn, soy milk. Worked for me and about 3 billion lean asians and africans. ;)

      • Chuck6421

        Great! A non-answer from a 14 year old.
        Oops, did I presume wrong?
        Sorry. You’d never do that, I’m sure.

  • Mike Williams

    I believe you should eat whatever tastes good to you. I personally am a Skittles guy during the ride because they are easy to eat at a wide range of temperatures (+40C to -30C for me). But I might add a packet of Gummy Bears to my post-ride regime because I do love them.

  • takethattakethat

    ““[For Sagan], I’d say that 60% of the fuel he used while out there was carbohydrate, maybe 30% was maybe fat stores, and then maybe — at most — 5% percent of his fuel was to liberate amino acids from muscle, especially because he’s such a fit athlete and so well adapted to cycling.””

    LOL, 30% fat stores? If he is going that deep in to fat stores he is BONKING….. CTFU

  • Durian Rider

    Ive been getting most of my cals from glucose and fructose for the last 16 years. Im not as fast as Sagan (he could put about a minute into me up a 1 min climb) but Im leaner and never have to worry about excess weight no more.

  • Viljar Saare

    That’s how the US is :) Steak in, under and behind a steak. There’s more fructose in fructose. You can’t get just a fructose, you’ll get 3 which are packed into 1 :P

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