I was recently asked to try out Energy Bits during one or more of my runs, and to share my opinion on how well or not they worked. Here’s some information about Energy Bits straight from Jonathan, the brand manager of Energy Bits, “Here’s a little about us: ENERGYbits is a new Boston based sports nutrition company. Our ³bits² are rapidly becoming the fuel of choice for athletes and people looking to lead active lifestyles. ENERGYbits have the highest concentration of protein in the world and deliver a steady stream of energy, all naturally and all without sugar, caffeine, chemicals or stomach distress. Even better, ENERGYbits are the only protein in the world that also contain natural antioxidants and Omega 3 which reduce muscle inflammation, iron which prevents fatigue, chlorophyll which builds the immune system and electrolytes which replenish mineral imbalances, all for just one calorie per tab. No other protein offers all this. ENERGYbits are all natural too, because they are a food, not a supplement. They have just one ingredient – 100% organically grown spirulina algae. Algae has been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but is still virtually unknown in the USA and Canada. We are the first company to bring algae to national attention as a high protein, high performance snack food for athletes and active consumers.”
With this information in mind, I still had two concerns:
1. Would these Energy Bits sit well with my super sensitive stomach?
2. How much sugar do these Energy Bits have and would it make my blood sugar levels crash?
Jonathan reassured me that a very tiny percentage of people were the only ones who had any stomach irritations from the Energy Bits, and that they would not affect my blood sugar levels because there is no sugar in them at all. I received my sample of Energy Bits in the mail pretty quickly after emailing back and forth with Jonathan about my concerns. His promptness in answers and sample delivery already made me have a good feeling about the company because of the great customer service! I made a plan to try out the Energy Bits on my 10 mile run last weekend (read about it here: https://dr1v3n.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/lazy-lobster-10-miler/), and ended up getting sick from a breakfast I don’t normally eat before I run. I wanted to be sure this was not from the Energy Bits, and opted to run another time with them to determine how I felt about using them. On a side note, during my ten mile run, I was a lot less thirsty and did not opt to use the sports beans I carried with me because I didn’t feel the need/desire to have more energy because the fatigue that usually sets in around mile 6 did not hit me. On the informational materials that were sent to me with my sample of Energy Bits, it was clearly stated that the Energy Bits would not only provide more energy and nutrients, but would make a person less dehydrated and not have a need for additional supplements throughout a run. This was clearly the case for the 10 miler, but again, I wanted to test it out a 2nd time.
Yesterday, I did my usual hill workout, but increased the number of hill repeats to 8 instead of the usual 6. I also had a longer warm-up than usual due to lack of parking, and per coach’s instructions. I ended up not needing my water, and while I was mentally tired from training for work all week, I wasn’t tired from running. I felt like my legs were a little on the slow moving side since it was the 4th day in a row of running for me, but not so tired that I had to stop.
Overall, I would say the Energy Bits did exactly what they said they did, and have earned my seal of approval! They gave me energy, kept me hydrated, kept my blood sugar from crashing, and definitely helped with controlling inflammation because I haven’t heard a peep out of my calf that’s been sore for a while now! AND my stomach seems to handle the spirulina algae just fine! Props to Energy Bits for having all these qualities! And thank you for letting me review your products! If you want to read more about Energy Bits, feel free to visit their webpage at http://www.energybits.com/. Jonathan from Energy Bits has offered to let one of my readers try out Energy Bits for themselves to see what they think. If you are interested, message me, and I will be happy to hook you up with Johnathon’s contact information!