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Extran Carbo? Any thoughts?(9 posts)

Extran Carbo? Any thoughts?bigdave
Apr 21, 2002 1:49 PM
Boy, the price per-serving seems high, but is the stuff worth it? Is it a good fuel? The only other thing I wonder about is if it's easy on the stomach... I can't seem to stomach Cytomax, so that was one other thing I wondered about Extran.


My broken recordKerry
Apr 21, 2002 3:12 PM
This stuff is a high priced alternative to food. The primary reason to use it (or any other liquid or solid "athletic food") is convenience, not performance. IOW, you can eat while riding or racing (like the pros do), or you can drink your calories. Nothing special in any of these products, despite the claims of the manufacturers. The studies they quote always compare athletic performance when using the product to "nothing" rather than comparing to performance when eating an equivalent amount of food. End of story. Whether Extran is better on your stomach than Cytomax is totally individual - ther're no way to predict your reaction.
True enoughbigdave
Apr 21, 2002 6:28 PM
Carbs are carbs, right? For the most part. And the convenience factor is definately important. But I also think the liquid stuff is supposed to get into your system faster than solid food.

I'm basically looking for something to sustain me in the wee hours of the morning on my commute so I'm not wasted when I get into work and actually have to think. And yep, the convenience is the biggest factor.

True enoughzeke
Apr 21, 2002 8:31 PM
carbs are carbs, BUT, some enter your system faster than others. to keep a good balance have some quick entry (less complex) carbs, such as chocolate, hard candy etc, available for instant energy, and maybe figs, prunes, bananas (more complex) etc for something to 'sustain you in the wee hours'.
Apr 22, 2002 4:43 AM
It'll sustain you in the wee hours of the morning and get you to work. I'm not talking about eating a Denny's Grand Slam, just something. If it has to be liquid, try a Slimfast or some other liquid type meal. You could always eat a little something before you leave (like a banana or pop tart), and something when you get to work. Powdered gatoraid is cheap.

Extran strikes me as massively over-priced.
re: Extran Carbo? Any thoughts?look271
Apr 21, 2002 5:02 PM
Never used it. I disagree with Kerry and agree on some points.Most important thing is to eat something that won't make you sick. I really doubt that there is any significant difference between say, Gatorade/Cytomax/Extran etc, as long as you are comparing similar products. Get what you like to drink and use it. I personally like one that you get from GNC. It's called Distance and is a recovery drink as well. It have some protein in it plus complex carbs. I use it 1/2 strength. Kerry may be right, but drinking is a whole lot easier on the bike than downing a turkey sandwich.=)
re: Extran Carbo? Any thoughts?zeke
Apr 21, 2002 8:33 PM
do those sports drinks offer enough calories to compensate for those used on a long ride? i dont have much experience with them, but according to my memory, they (sports drinks) are relatively low calorie.
re: Extran Carbo? Any thoughts?look271
Apr 22, 2002 11:55 AM
On a long ride (more than 2-21/2 hrs) I will eat as well. Fruit, Cliff bar, Zone bar, or something else. You're right-they don't have enough cals to sustain you on a long ride.
I like itterry b
Apr 22, 2002 6:56 AM
I've used both the lemon and the orange. They are very mild, sort of like watered-down Koolaid. In fact, I remember Men's Journal did a piece on all the brands a year or so ago and rated Extran and GuO2 at the mildest in terms of stomach distress. I've never had a problem, and I do not have a cast iron tank.

That being said, the only time I use it is on rides in the summer >50 miles. I agree with Kerry - carbs is carbs, but the one minor advantage to this stuff is that you get a free hydration with it. When it gets hot (I live in the desert) and I'm riding for 3 or more hours, I switch to a Camelbak. At that point, I'll carry one bottle of Extran and use it at the 1/2 to 2/3 point of whatever distance I am planning to ride. For anything else, I'd just eat an energy bar.