Carbohydrates Without Stomach Pain
Maurten started researching a better way to create sports nutrition products for endurance athletes back in 2015. “He was experiencing severe stomach problems during Ironman races since he was consuming a lot of sugar while moving,” says Herman Reuterswärd of Maurten. “After researching all the available sports drinks and energy products on the market, Maurten felt like there must be some way to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal issues during a race.”
So, he got to work in the lab. What if carbohydrates could be transported through the body by way of hydrogel? Fryknäs experimented with it and, as he expected, it worked.
Alginate (a fiber extracted from seaweed) and pectin (found in fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots) create a capsule that contains salt, glucose and fructose. Thanks to that encapsulation, the body can absorb more carbohydrate with relative ease through the digestive tract (peer-reviewed studies pending). And so far, the feedback from professional athletes has been unanimous: it works, and it eliminates GI issues … period.