Like many cyclists, I generally carry a few packets of GU Energy Gel in case I bonk. Bonking is when a cyclist drains blood glucose levels resulting in fatigue and light-headedness. These 100-calorie packet contain carbohydrates to fuel muscles, sodium to replace electrolytes lost in sweat, and caffeine to improve alertness and reduce a feeling of tiredness.
However, sometimes I forget to throw a GU packet in my jersey pocket or run out on long rides. Unfortunately, corner stores rarely carry energy gels. Luckily, I’ve found a secret substitute that can be readily found everywhere and that works just as well for me. My secret? Coca-Cola!
Compare for yourself.
|Amount Per Serving||GU ESPRESSO LOVE||Coca-Cola Soft Drink|
An additional benefit of caffeinated sugary soft drinks like Coca-Cola is that they also contain water to help with hydration. However, this can also become a disadvantage and cause a bloated feeling if drank to quickly.
I’ve found that in a pinch Coca-Cola does live up to its 1905 slogan Coca-Cola revives and sustains as well as an energy gel.