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First look review: Science in Sport launches new Energy+Immune gel range

22 Aug 2017

Coming in three flavours, Science in Sport launches new Energy+Immune range aimed at supporting immune function

The concept of a gel that looks after your immune system is clever and a step forward
Odd flavour choices may obscure the benefits of the range

If you were put on the spot to name three flavours that you would like to see made into energy gels, cranberry, elderberry and ginger would probably not be top of the list. 

In fact, the more you consider these flavours, the more you become baffled. Cranberry maybe, but ginger? No thank you. Elderberry? I'm not even sure what that is. 

Yet, these are the three flavours that nutrition experts Science In Sport have decided to release in their new GO Energy+Immune gel range, a range designed to support immune function with a particular focus on training and racing in bad weather. 

Cyclists and runners tend to be lean, and the lack of body fat coupled with exertion means that sickness can often be more common. With this in mind, SiS has developed this new range 'at the request of athletes who wanted to minimise problems associated with impaired immune function'.

The harder you push your body the more exposed you become to bacteria and viruses. Then comes the sickness and fatigue that impedes your progress. We all know the drill. 

SiS is aiming to supply the body with the vitamins and minerals in a safe and effective way that will combat illness and keep you on the bike keeping you fit and performing at your best. If these gels do this, then its a thumbs up from us. 

Additionally, this goal of protecting the immune system hasn't skewed their approach to the gels main purpose, providing energy. The Science in Sport Energy+Immune gels will contain 22g of carbohydrate, the same as their standard energy gels. 

The proof is in the pudding

Whilst the promise of minerals and vitamins is all well and good, fundamentally, one thing remains key with energy gels and that is taste. 

Taste is obviously subjective. For example, I hate baked beans. The texture is not enjoyable and even the thought of tasting the tomato sauce makes my skin crawl. 

Yet, for millions baked beans are delicious, and enjoyed each day smothered over two slices of buttery toast with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. 

On leaving the Cyclist office yesterday evening, I tried the Elderberry flavour and unfortunately, I cannot claim to be a fan. It just wasn't hitting any of the notes I look for in gel flavours. 

I am a fan of SiS more generally; the viscosity is an aspect I like and I am partial to their cola and pineapple flavours in particular. Yet, on first look, SiS may have missed the mark for me in terms of flavour choices on their new immune gel range. 

Of course, this is all irrelevant, because you may enjoy the taste of elderberry or cranberry or ginger. Personally, despite the promises of improved immune system defence, I will not be rushing to stock my back pockets with these gels on my next ride. 

However, we will further test these gels and see if their immune-defending attributes live up to the billing this Winter. 

£11 - six pack with two of each flavour

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