Sport Beans® FAQ

Sport Beans® Energizing Jelly Beans®

  • General Questions

    • What are Sport Beans jelly beans?

      Sport Beans jelly beans are a first-of-its-kind carbohydrate replenishment for sports performance from the makers of Jelly Belly®. They have been specially formulated to fuel and replenish the body during exercise. As glycogen stores in the muscles become depleted during prolonged exercise, a carbohydrate source helps maintain blood sugar levels to keep you going.

      The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines recommends consuming 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour during exercise lasting 60 minutes or more. These guidelines also recommend drinking ½ to ¾ cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes and to include the electrolyte sodium at a set level. Sport Beans also provide a good source of B1, B2, B3 and C vitamins for good health.

    • What are the benefits of eating Sport Beans?

      A single pack of Sport Beans (1 oz.) contains 25 grams of carbohydrates to fuel your body during intense exercise, and a balanced supply of electrolytes (sodium and potassium) vital for maintaining fluid balance. In addition, Sport Beans contain Thiamin (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and Niacin (Vitamin B3) to help burn carbohydrates and fat, as well as Vitamin C to protect muscles and cells against oxidative damage. One pack is a single serving of 100 calories.

    • What makes Sport Beans different from regular jelly beans?

      Sport Beans are specially formulated with sports performance in mind. Sport Beans provide a source of easily digestible carbohydrate for fuel, the electrolytes sodium and potassium for proper fluid balance, and B1, B2, B3, and C vitamins for energy metabolism and good health.

    • Where can I purchase Sport Beans?

      Sport Beans are available in sporting goods stores, drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and mass market retailers. Click here to locate a store near you, or purchase Sport Beans online!

    • Are Sport Beans Kosher Certified?

      YES! Both regular Sport Beans and Extreme Sport Beans® have received the respected certification of the Orthodox Union. Look for the OU Kosher symbol on our Sport Beans bags.

  • Ingredients and Flavors

    • What carbohydrate source is used in Sport Beans and is this beneficial?

      The primary carbohydrate sources in this product are cane sugar (sucrose) and tapioca syrup (a mix of the sugars glucose and fructose). This carbohydrate blend is similar to what is used in sport drinks and other products designed for fueling during workouts and competition. In fact, a mixture of carbohydrate sources as found in Sport Beans gets into your system more efficiently compared to a single carbohydrate source, such as glucose alone.

      Research studies that investigate how carbohydrate enters into your system have shown that a mix of carbohydrate sources, such as those from tapioca syrup and cane sugar, are better used by the body when compared to a single carbohydrate source like glucose alone in a sports product.

    • What flavors of Sport Beans are available?

      Sport Beans come in four great flavors: Lemon Lime, Orange, Berry and Fruit Punch, each in its own single flavor package. Extreme Sport Beans come in three flavors: Pomegranate, Cherry and Watermelon.

      For those who like to mix it up with more than one flavor, we also have an Assorted bag that features the four Sport Beans flavors, and an Extreme Sport Beans Assorted bag.

    • What is the source of the colors and flavors for Sport Beans?

      Sport Beans are flavored with seven real fruit juices and other natural flavors. Naturally sweetened by cane sugar and tapioca syrup. The added colors are derived from natural sources including vegetable colors.

    • Why do Sport Beans contain sodium and potassium?

      Sport Beans offer a balanced supply of electrolytes vital for maintaining fluid balance. The 80 mg sodium /40 mg potassium split is optimal in aiding fluid balance by enhancing water absorption and water retention in cells.

    • Since Sport Beans contain sodium, how do they fit into the diet of a person with hypertension?

      All Sport Beans, both regular and Extreme are a low sodium food containing less than 100 milligrams of sodium per packet. People with hypertension should consult their physician regarding recommended sodium intake and other methods of controlling high blood pressure.

    • Do Sport Beans contain caffeine?

      Regular Sport Beans jelly beans are caffeine free.

      At the request of professional athletes we developed Extreme Sport Beans jelly beans that contain caffeine. See the Extreme Sport Beans® section below for details.

    • Are Sport Beans Gluten Free?

      Sport Beans are gluten free. They are also OU Kosher certified.

    • Do Sport Beans contain High Fructose Corn Syrup?

      No, Sport Beans do not contain high fructose corn syrup. Instead we use tapioca syrup.

  • Science and Research

    • Have Sport Beans been scientifically tested as performance boosters?

      Yes! In a study conducted by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine Sports Program, Sport Beans were proven just as effective as popular sports drinks and gels in maintaining blood sugar levels and improving exercise performance in competitive endurance athletes. Click here for complete details of the study.

    • How were the levels of carbohydrate, electrolytes and other nutrients established for Sport Beans?

      The nutrient levels found in Sport Beans are based upon established recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM guidelines recommend consuming 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrate per hour during exercise lasting 60 minutes or more. These guidelines also recommend drinking 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes and to include the electrolyte sodium at a set level. Sport Beans also provide a good source of B1, B2, B3, and C vitamins for good health.

  • Usage

    • How should Sport Beans jelly beans be used?

      Sport Beans are easy to use and they taste great, too!

      • Before workout - Eat one packet about 30 minutes before exercise along with 1-2 cups of water.
      • During workout - Eat as needed, aiming for one packet every 45 minutes of activity.
      • After workout - Eat to help replenish muscle stores of carbohydrates. As always, consume with water to replace fluids lost through sweat.

    • How many Sport Beans should I eat per serving?

      Sport beans are packaged in single serving 1-ounce bags that contain 100 calories each with the necessary carbohydrates, electrolytes and vitamins needed for continual exercise of an hour or more. The bags are re-sealable bags allowing athletes to use a portion of one bag if desired.

    • Who are Sport Beans jelly beans for?

      Sport Beans are made for a broad range of active people including endurance athletes and active sports enthusiasts. In fact, Sport Beans are appropriate for anyone engaged in prolonged exercise of 60 minutes or more.

    • Can I eat Sport Beans with other sports products?

      Yes, you can eat Sport Beans along with drinking sports drinks and other sports products such as carbohydrate gels or bars by managing your intake, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout.

      The goal is to take in approximately 120 to 240 calories per hour of extended exercise or activity along with 1/2 cup of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes.

      You can meet the goal by consuming a combination of items or one alone - check the product label for calorie counts per serving and adjust accordingly. Sport Beans have 100 calories per packet.

  • Sport Beans and Children

    • Are Sport Beans appropriate for use by children?

      Sport Beans offer the same benefits to children as they do for adults. Children lose fluids and burn carbohydrates during sports and play. The amounts of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins in Sport Beans are safe and appropriate for children to use when participating in rigorous activities.

      The electrolytes in Sport Beans - sodium and potassium - are present in very low amounts and are designed to aid in fluid balance. Children, like adults, need these electrolytes for good health.

      The % Daily Value (%DV) of nutrients set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a recommended intake set for various nutrients such as protein and carbohydrate. The DV is based on an average consumer (four years and older) who intakes 2000 calories daily. The Daily Values are considered appropriate for anyone who matches this description, including children.

      However, Jelly Belly does NOT recommend Extreme Sport Beans for children, teens, or pregnant or nursing women. For them, we recommend our regular Sport Beans.

Sport Beans® Extreme Energizing Jelly Beans®

  • How do Extreme Sport Beans differ from the regular Sport Beans energizing jelly beans?

    The formula used for both regular and Extreme Sport Beans is identical except that Extreme Sport Beans jelly beans include 50 mg of caffeine.

  • What are the benefits of Extreme Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans with caffeine?

    Extreme Sport Beans jelly beans are packed with power to maximize sports performance. Each one ounce bag delivers 25 grams of carbohydrates to fuel your body during intense exercise and a balanced supply of electrolytes (sodium and potassium) vital for maintaining fluid balance. Both regular and Extreme Sport Beans also contain Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and Niacin (Vitamin B3) for carbohydrate and fat burning as well as Vitamin C to optimize energy release.

    Each bag of Extreme Sport Beans includes 50 mg of caffeine (approximately the same amount as in a half cup of brewed coffee) for those times when you need an extra edge in a workout or competition. Extensive clinical studies have studied how caffeine improves sports performance including:

    • Improved endurance
    • Reduced perceived exertion (RPE)
    • Enhanced agility
    • Faster sprint speeds
    • Increased power output
    • Click here to read a recap of various clinical studies on caffeine and sports performance.
  • Is there anyone who should NOT use Extreme Sport Beans jelly beans?

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified caffeine as Generally Recognized as Safe for adults and children in 1958. The American Medical Association (AMA) has a similar position on caffeine's safety, stating that "moderate tea or coffee drinkers probably need have no concern for their health relative to their caffeine consumption provided other lifestyle habits (diet, alcohol consumption, etc.) are moderate as well." The AMA defines moderate caffeine consumption as about 300 mg which is equal to about 3 to 4 cups of brewed coffee.

    We do not recommend Extreme Sport Beans for children, teens, or pregnant or nursing women. For them, we recommend our regular Sport Beans.

  • How does caffeine affect the body and sports performance?

    Caffeine is considered an "ergogenic" aid and acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. For athletes caffeine provides a range of documented benefits including improved endurance, reduced perceived exertion (RPE), enhanced agility, faster sprint speeds and increased power output. Click here to read a recap of various clinical studies on caffeine and sports performance.

  • Do I need to worry about how many Extreme Sport Beans I consume in a competitive sporting event?

    Athletic and race organizations have varying regulations regarding caffeine in the blood stream and you will need to understand these if you are competing in an event. Before using Extreme Sport Beans in any athletic competition, consult sponsoring agency rules and your sports medicine physician, athletic trainer or sports dietician. We also recommend experimenting during training with use of regular and Extreme Sport Beans to find your optimal combination especially for longer competitions. Extreme Sport Beans do not need to be your only source of fuel during a competition.

  • Does caffeine contribute to dehydration?

    Caffeine does not contribute to dehydration. Because caffeine increases blood flow throughout the body, including the kidney, it can cause an increase in urine production. The body of scientific evidence on this issue confirms that caffeine in moderate doses (about 300 mg of caffeine) does not cause dehydration.

    *Reference. Caffeine, FluidElectrolyte Balance, Temperature Regulation, and ExerciseHeat Tolerance. Lawrence E. Armstrong; Douglas J. Casa; Carl M. Maresh; Matthew S. Ganio, Exercise Sport Science Review. 2007;35(3):135140 © 2007 American College of Sports Medicine

  • Have Extreme Sport Beans been scientifically proven to enhance sports performance?

    Our Extreme Sport Beans have not yet been tested, but the regular Sport Beans have been clinically tested. In a study conducted by the University of California Davis School of Medicine Sports Program, Sport Beans were proven just as effective as popular sport drinks and gels in maintaining blood sugar levels and improving exercise performance in competitive endurance athletes.

    Click here to read a summary of the clinical study conducted by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine Sports Program, reported as a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Nov. 2006.

    Additionally, numerous scientific studies have tested the impact of caffeine on sports performance.

  • Are new Extreme Sport Beans Kosher Certified?

    YES. Both our regular and Extreme Sport Beans have received the respected certification of the Orthodox Union. Look for the OU Kosher symbol on our Sport Beans bags.

  • What carbohydrate source is used in Extreme Sport Beans and is this beneficial?

    The primary carbohydrate sources in this product are cane sugar (sucrose) and tapioca syrup (a mix of the sugars glucose and fructose). This carbohydrate blend is similar to what is used in sport drinks and other products designed for fueling during workouts and competition. Fruit juice is also added, bringing another new carb source into Sport Beans. According to a variety of research studies, the mix of carbohydrate sources used in Sport Beans is well taken up by the body. In fact, a mixture of carbohydrate sources as found in Sport Beans gets into your system more efficiently compared to a single carbohydrate source, such as glucose alone.

    Research studies that investigate how carbohydrate enters into your system shows that a mix of carbohydrate sources, such as those from tapioca syrup and cane sugar, are better used by the body when compared to a single carbohydrate source like glucose alone in a sports product. Also, the real fruit juices used in Sport Beans add an extra carbohydrate source that your muscles can also use as fuel.

  • Can I eat Extreme Sport Beans with other sports products?

    Yes, you can eat Extreme Sport Beans along with drinking sport drinks and other sport products such as regular Sport Beans, carbohydrate gels or bars by managing your intake, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout.

    The goal is to take in approximately 120 to 240 calories (or 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates) per hour of extended exercise or activity along with ½ cup of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes. However, as you build your fuel plan, keep an eye on your total consumption of caffeine before and during your workout since many sport drinks, sport products and soda may also contain caffeine.

  • How were the levels of carbohydrates, electrolytes and other nutrients established for Extreme Sport Beans?

    The nutrient levels found in all Sport Beans are based upon established recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM guidelines recommend consuming 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour during exercise lasting 60 minutes or more. These guidelines also recommend drinking fluid to prevent dehydration approximately 1/4 to 3/4 cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes and to include the electrolyte sodium at a set level. Sport Beans jelly beans also provide a good source of B1, B2, B3 and C vitamins for good health.

  • How does the caffeine content of a 1ounce bag of Extreme Sport Beans compare to other foods and beverages with caffeine?

    Here are just a few examples:

    • Dark chocolate candy bar (1 oz) 20 mg**
    • Brewed coffee, 8 oz. 65 - 120 mg*
    • Iced tea, 12 oz. 70 mg*
    • Energy drinks, 12 oz. 70 - 80 mg
    • Pain relievers, per dose 64 - 130 mg**
    • Diet cola, 12 oz. 45 mg**
    • Cola, 12 oz. 34 - 38 mg**
    • Caffeine tablets 200 mg
    • Chocolate milk, 8 oz. 5 mg

    *The level of caffeine in coffee and tea may vary by brewing method, brand, etc. **The level of caffeine in pain relievers, soft drinks and dark chocolate candy bars also will vary by brand.

  • What flavors of Extreme Sport Beans are available?

    Extreme Sport Beans come in three flavors: Pomegranate, Cherry, Watermelon.

Sport Beans® Recovery Protein CrispsTM

  • What are the benefits of Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps?

    Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps supply a dual protein source (pea and whey) along with carbs and key vitamins and minerals that help restore and rebuild your muscles following intense exercise.

    Unique Dual Protein:
    • Each 1.5 ounces bag delivers 10 grams of protein – 24% of the Daily Value, which is more than a serving of chocolate milk.
    • Pea protein ranks very high among food proteins for digestibility, which means this protein's essential amino acids travel quickly to recovering muscles to rebuild necessary proteins following exercise.
    • Whey protein supplies key essential branched chain amino acids that studies show specifically help restore muscles after exercise.

    Carbohydrates restore spent glycogen, the carbohydrate energy source that fuels muscles during exercise.

    Vitamin D helps support a healthy immune system function and muscle strength, which both may be taxed following intense exercise.

    Calcium supports muscle contraction in addition to providing the mineral structure to healthy bone and teeth.

    - Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin) all support the recovery process as muscles restock glycogen stores and rebuild proteins. These B vitamins must be readily available during the recovery period to ensure optimal rebuilding.

  • How do Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps differ from the regular Sport Beans energizing jelly beans?

    Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps are recommended for use after intense or prolonged exercise to help rebuild your muscles. The duel protein formula includes pea protein concentrate and whey protein isolate, as well as carbohydrates, calcium and vitamins B and D.

    Sport Beans Energizing jelly beans are designed as a carbohydrate replenishment product for use before and during intense exercise. Sport Beans energizing jelly beans are formulated with vitamins B and C as well as electrolytes for maintaining fluid balance.

  • Who would benefit from Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps?

    Specially formulated Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps meet the needs of a broad range of active people including endurance athletes and active sports enthusiasts. In fact, Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps supply much needed protein, carbohydrate and key vitamins and minerals for anyone engaged in intense exercise of 60 minutes or more.

  • How many Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps should I consume after an intense workout?

    Following intense or prolonged exercise lasting over 60 minutes, refueling with protein and carbohydrate soon after helps ensure a full recovery and preparation for the next workout. According to research studies, consuming carbohydrate and protein within about 30 to 60 minutes of finishing exercise helps start the recovery process. Aim for 10 to 30 grams of protein and 20 to 100 grams of carbohydrate for that first post-workout meal. Sports Beans Protein Recovery Crisps supply 10 grams of protein and 24 grams of carbohydrate per packet. And their convenient shape and package size give you the flexibility to refuel as needed. As a reminder, always hydrate well with fluids following a tough workout.

  • When should I consume Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps?

    Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps convenient shape and packaging make them a quick post-workout snack that can be eaten almost immediately following exercise. Research studies suggest that within about 30 to 60 minutes post-workout is the optimum window of fueling.

  • Are Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps appropriate for use by children?

    Sports Beans Recovery Crisps contain wholesome ingredients that active children can benefit from following a long session of exercise. As a quick post-exercise snack, one-half to one packet can be used along with water for rehydration.

  • Is there anyone who should NOT use Sport Beans Recovery Crisps?

    Sports Beans Recovery Crisps are gluten-free and peanut free but do contain milk by-products such as whey, thus should not be consumed by individuals with an allergy to milk.

  • Have Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps been scientifically proven to contribute to muscle recovery?

    Numerous research studies have demonstrated the recovery benefits of consuming protein and carbohydrate soon after exercise. Glycogen stores rebuild, muscle protein production is promoted and immune system strength may be boosted when both carbohydrate and protein are eaten soon after exercise. While Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps have not yet been tested directly, research studies using similar protein and carbohydrate sources show these recovery benefits.

  • Does pea protein offer anything special for recovery from exercise?

    Pea protein used in the crispy center of Sport Beans Recovery Crisps supplies an excellent source of easily digested protein that research shows helps supply the necessary amino acids promptly to recovering muscles. Combined with whey protein, which is high in a special amino acid called glutamine, this dual protein source in Sport Beans Recovery Crips provides recovering muscles what they need following a tough workout.

  • Are new Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps Kosher Certified?

    Yes, Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps are OU Kosher Dairy Certified.

  • Can I eat Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps with Sport Beans® Energizing Beans and other energy sports products?

    Yes, we recommend consuming Sport Beans® Energizing Jelly Beans before and during intense exercise and Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps immediately after.

  • What flavors of Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps are available?

    Sport Beans Protein Recovery Crisps come in three flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla and Berry Smoothie.