The difference between 3Action Sports Drink, Energy Mix, and Carbo Loader
Due to the wide range of sports drinks and all their names, it is not always clear to athletes what is most suitable for sports efforts. However, there are important differences in the composition that should be taken into account. In this blog, we will teach you about the main differences between 3Action Sports Drink, Energy Mix, and the Carbo Loader. This way you are always well-prepared when exercising.
The main difference between these sports drinks is the osmolality of each drink. This is the number of particles dissolved per kg of blood plasma. Dissolved particles are carbohydrates, electrolytes, and minerals. Osmolality is important because it determines the speed and absorption of sports drinks in the body and thus influences the energy intake needed for sports.
You've probably heard of it, but when a sports drink such as 3Action Sports Drink is isotonic, the concentration of the sports drink is equal to the concentration of blood plasma in our body. The sports drink has as many particles, such as carbohydrates and electrolytes, as the blood. This means that carbohydrates, the fuel for the effort, can be absorbed very easily by the body, and the risk of stomach and intestinal complaints remains minimal. Due to its isotonic character, the Sports Drink also provides fluid for the body in addition to carbohydrates. You can easily recognize an isotonic sports drink by the average amount of carbohydrates, 4-8g of carbohydrates per 100 ml.
When a drink such as 3Action Energy mix and Carbo Loader is hypertonic, the concentration of the sports drink is higher than the concentration of blood plasma in our body. They contain more than 8g of carbohydrates per 100ml. Due to the higher concentration, these drinks are more difficult to absorb by the body, and the risk of stomach and intestinal complaints increases. These sports drinks mainly provide carbohydrates and little fluid for the body. They are often used during prolonged, very intensive efforts or in cold weather (<10°C) where energy replenishment takes precedence over fluids. If used incorrectly, this can sometimes lead to dehydration during exercise.
You are probably wondering what the difference is between the 3Action Energy mix and the Carbo Loader. Well, mainly the composition of the ingredients and the purpose for which it is used. Both drinks are hypertonic and contain similar ingredients. However, the composition or proportions of the ingredients differ, as does the use. 3Action Energy mix is a carbohydrate-rich sports drink for a quick supply of extra energy during or after exercise. 3Action Carbo Loader, also known as a carbohydrate stacker, is a neutral sports drink that replenishes carbohydrate stores in the muscles before strenuous or long exercise. The Carbo Loader has been specifically developed for this purpose and due to its neutral taste, it can easily be added to drinks or dishes (e.g. yogurt, pasta sauce, soup, etc.).
Depending on your sports effort, your energy needs, and the circumstances in which you exercise, it is essential to choose the right sports drink. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts or questions about your next order.
- Michaline Lon, Sports Dietitian -
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