Published Research

Sport beans performed as well as gels and sport drinks in a simulated 10K cycle race following an endurance ride, and significantly better than water alone.

Summary of the study:

  • 16 healthy non-smoking, male and female cyclists and triathletes participated in the study and varied between the ages of 23 and 45.
  • The participants completed a series of four 10-kilometer time trials while ingesting one of three different kinds of carbohydrate supplements (including Sport Beans) or water alone.
  • The athletes achieved 32-38 second faster times in the trial with Sport Beans rather than water alone.
  • In addition, the athletes completed the time trials with the highest average "power output" with Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans.

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Reference: Campbell C., Prince D., Braun M., Applegate E., & Casazza G.A.
Carbohydrate-Supplement Form and Exercise Performance. International Journal Spot Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 18:179-190, 2008

Findings based on studies conducted by the UC Davis Sports Medicine Program.

Mythbusting Nutrition

Sport Beans provide the energy you need!

Myth: Complex carbohydrates are a better energy source than simple carbohydrates when exercising.

Fact: All carbohydrates are ultimately processed into the same simple sugar component (glucose) for energy. Gram for gram, complex carbs provide the same amount of energy as simple carbs.

  • Simple carbs are derived from glucose, fructose, or a combination of the two (examples: Sport Beans, sport drinks, fruits, sodas).
  • Complex carbs are derived from a complex structure of glucose called starch (examples: potatoes, breads, pastas, some sport gels).
  • Both types of carbs share the same basic sugar unit glucose.

Sport Beans’ High GI benefits your work out!

Myth: High GI foods negatively impact physical performance.

Fact: High GI foods like Sport Beans are optimal during exercise since muscles use glucose (sugar) as fuel and need it quickly.

  • Different types of carbohydrates cause glucose to appear in circulation at different rates.
  • How quickly circulating glucose levels rise is referred to as the Glycemic Index (GI).
  • A high GI food means glucose gets into the system faster than a low GI food.
  • The GI for a food cannot be predicted based upon whether it is a complex or simple carbohydrate.
  • Research studies support the use of high GI foods over low GI foods during and after exercise as a means to boost performance.

Sport Beans will not cause a "crash"!

Myth: High GI foods create a "spike" and "crash" in energy levels.

Fact: High GI foods like Sport Beans do create a rapid rise in blood sugar, providing quick energy. However, there is no actual “crash” that occurs – blood sugar levels simply return to normal.

  • Consumption of all carbohydrates results in a rise in circulating levels of sugar.
  • Complex carbs are derived from a complex structure of glucose called starch (examples: potatoes, breads, pastas, some sport gels).
  • The body handles this rise by releasing insulin, which ushers sugars into the body’s cells returning levels to normal.