Food: Our Favorite Subject
It’s true: we love talking about our food. And we love to get questions from the people who eat it. Here are some of our favorites. If there’s something you want to know and it’s not covered here, just ask. We’ll do our best to get you an answer.
|Why should I drink CLIF SHOT® Electrolyte Replacement Drink during activity?|
Consuming carbohydrates during activity enhances performance by providing a continuous supply of energy to working muscles. Your body stores a limited amount of carbohydrates, and the harder you go, the faster you burn those carbohydrates. When you burn through the last of these stored carbohydrates, you bonk. By consuming carbohydrate during activity you will increase your time to exhaustion (running out of carbohydrate).
|When should I use CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink and how much should I consume?|
CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink is meant to be used DURING activity. The quantity consumed very much depends on the intensity and duration of activity as well as the external conditions such as wind and heat. For instance if you’re doing an easy 90 minute ride on flat roads in cool temperatures, one bottle may be plenty. But if you’re in the middle of a 5 hour ride in 85+ degree weather with lots of climbing, then we’d recommend drinking 16oz – 24oz every hour. Ultimately it’s best for the athlete to experiment and find out how his/her total consumption corresponds with performance.
|How is CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink different from other sports drinks on the market?|
• CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink meets all of the thresholds for current sports science, and does not contain any ingredients of dubious efficacy or insignificant quantities of effective ingredients simply to bolster label claims.
• CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink tastes great. Its taste profile was created with intentionally high levels of sodium and tartness, to both quench thirst and to subtly prime the body’s thirst mechanism - this keeps the body slightly thirsty and ensures that the athlete will continue to hydrate throughout activity.
• CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink is the only sports drink featuring organic ingredients. It contains 91 percent organic ingredients and is free of ingredients sourced from GMOs.
|Why is CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink formulated to be an 8% carbohydrate solution?|
CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink is formulated for optimal rates of hydration and absorption of carbohydrate and electrolytes. A 6-8% carbohydrate solution has been shown consistently to be the best concentration for supplying glucose to muscles and for replacing lost fluids with the best digestive tolerance for most people. The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Association recommend a 6-8% solution for continuous hydration and carbohydrate delivery during activity. Drinks less than 6% are not well absorbed by the gut and drinks greater than 8% can lead to digestive distress.
|Can I adjust the concentration of CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink away from the recommendation on the package?|
Think of our recommendation as a starting point. The mixing chart on our label will yield an 8% carbohydrate solution, which has been shown to be best for a statistically significant sample of athletes. However despite this, everyone is not the same. Some will prefer a stronger blend of product and will function quite well on it, while others will need a more dilute solution to keep their stomachs happy. As always, experiment with different concentrations to find out what works best for you.
|Why aren’t there any vitamins in CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink?|
The primary purpose of CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink is to deliver what an athlete needs and can actually use during his/her training and racing: carbohydrate, fluid, and electrolytes. While vitamins such as A, C, and E are critical to daily well being, studies continually show that there is no performance benefit to consuming these vitamins during activity. Your body cannot assimilate enough vitamin A, C, or E during an event to make up for chronic deficiencies in your daily nutrition plan. The best way to prevent nutrient deficiencies is to eat well-balanced meals on a daily basis.
|Why isn’t there any protein in CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink?|
Well-designed studies have not been able to prove that consuming protein during activity has any performance benefits beyond consuming adequate carbohydrate. Furthermore, consuming protein during activity may actually hurt performance by displacing carbohydrate, slowing carbohydrate digestion, and causing digestive distress. Finally, sports drinks containing protein tend to “spoil” as they warm up providing off tastes and smells, which obviously do not promote further consumption..
|Are there any artificial colors or flavors in CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink?|
Absolutely not. All of our foods are free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives and ingredients sourced from GMOs.
|Is CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink Kosher?|
Yes. CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink is certified kosher by KSA.
|Is CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink vegan-friendly?|
CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink contains no animal-based ingredients so it is vegan-friendly.
|Does CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink contain any common food allergens such as dairy, nuts, wheat, etc?|
To address all of your allergen-related questions, please view our complete Allergen Reference Table
|Is CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink gluten-free?|
No, CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Replacement Drink is not a gluten-free food item. All flavors may contain gluten.