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.
|What are CLIF SHOT BLOKS®?|
CLIF SHOT BLOKS Energy Chews are semi-solid, easy-to-chew sources of carbohydrates—your body's preferred source of fuel during activity – and electrolytes.
|What’s the Fastpak®?|
Fastpak® is the package unique to CLIF SHOT BLOKS. It’s provides an overall smaller package, so it fits better in jersey pockets, running shorts, and backpacks. It also opens easily and then allows the athlete to access and squeeze up each CLIF SHOT BLOKS one by one. Finally, the packaging reduction vs. the original package yielded a 33% reduction of packaging material.
|Who needs CLIF SHOT BLOKS?|
CLIF SHOT BLOKS are primarily used by performance athletes – cyclists, runners, mountain bikers, triathletes, and adventure racers. However, any performance-oriented athlete needing a quick burst of energy can benefit from CLIF SHOT BLOKS.
|How do you eat CLIF SHOT BLOKS?|
Generally, performance athletes need to consume 200-400 calories per hour from all sources, such as gels, chews, bars and drinks. Half a packet of CLIF SHOT BLOKS can be eaten 15 minutes prior to activity to increase blood sugar levels, followed by 1-2 packets per hour during activity. For flavors with added caffeine, we recommend half a packet 15 minutes before activity, and one packet during activity. Consumption of CLIF SHOT BLOKS should always be followed with a mouthful of water. Caffeinated flavors are not recommended for pregnant women, children, or people sensitive to caffeine.
|How should I eat BLOKS, compared to CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel?|
CLIF SHOT Energy Gel and CLIF SHOT BLOKS are easily interchangeable since they both provide carbohydrate to working muscles. Since 3 pieces of CLIF SHOT BLOKS equal the same calories as one CLIF SHOT Energy Gel packet you can go back and forth between each, while easily keeping track of your calorie intake.
|Do CLIF SHOT BLOKS contain electrolytes?|
Yes, CLIF SHOT BLOKS contain at least 70 mg of sodium and 20mg of potassium per serving (3 pieces). These electrolytes allow electrical impulses to travel properly throughout your body, enabling proper muscle function. When you sweat you start to deplete yourself of these electrolytes. Similar to dehydration, loss of electrolytes first leads to declined performance and can potentially result in serious health issues. .
|Why do some CLIF SHOT BLOKS have caffeine?|
CLIF SHOT BLOKS provide a convenient source of carbohydrates and electrolytes, and in some flavors added caffeine, for sustained energy during sports and other activities. Some flavors of our CLIF SHOT BLOKS endurance-focused products have varying levels of added caffeine in the form of green tea extract – a natural source of caffeine. CLIF SHOT BLOKS offers two caffeine levels (25 and 50 mg per packet) so that athletes can tailor their caffeine intake to match their endurance needs.
All CLIF SHOT BLOKS flavors with added caffeine clearly state caffeine on the front and back of the package, and have a visual comparison to coffee to help guide a consumer. Caffeinated flavors are not recommended for pregnant women, children, or people sensitive to caffeine.
|How are CLIF SHOT BLOKS different than its competitors?|
CLIF SHOT BLOKS offer a variety of great-tasting flavors, some with caffeine, and one with 3X sodium, so you can customize your nutrient intake. 3 CLIF SHOT BLOKS also provide 100 calories, so it’s simple to keep track of calorie intake during long outings. In addition, CLIF SHOT BLOKS are made with organic brown rice syrup, a minimally refined source of carbohydrate with naturally occurring sodium, potassium and magnesium. We do not use high fructose corn syrup. Finally, CLIF SHOT BLOKS are the only chewable to feature Fastpak® packaging, making it the easiest chew to carry, open, and eat.
|Are CLIF SHOT BLOKS kosher?|
No, CLIF SHOT BLOKS are not certified kosher at this time.
|Are CLIF SHOT BLOKS vegan-friendly?|
CLIF SHOT BLOKS contain no animal-based ingredients so they are vegan-friendly.
|Do CLIF SHOT BLOKS 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 BLOKS gluten-free?|
No, CLIF SHOT BLOKS are not a gluten-free food item.