|Easier on the stomach than bars or drinks, energy gels provide a super concentrated source of carbohydrates that get absorbed very rapidly into your body, providing a lighting quick source of energy to your working muscles. You can think of Gels and Chews as sports drinks without the water. Therefore they are concentrated packets of carbohydrates (some mixed with protein or caffeine). They are all to be taken with water and can be used in conjunction with sport drinks (during the activity), if needed. The average person has only 65-85 minutes worth of energy in the body that is stored as carbohydrate. Once this source is depleted, blood glucose levels drop, fatigue sets in and performance falls. Because we have such limited stores in the body, it is imperative that carbohydrate be ingested during exercise in order to perform at the highest levels possible.