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In 2015 Maurten discovered how to make sports fuels easier to tolerate by encapsulating high concentrations of carbohydrates in hydrogels. The sports fuels, based on only natural ingredients, became popular and one year later some of the world's best runners started using our products.
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Drink Mix 160 is built on Hydrogel technology. When you mix it with water, you'll get a liquid sports drink containing a high concentration of maltodextrin and fructose. The sports drink instantly converts to hydrogel in the acidity of the stomach. The hydrogel enables a smooth transportation of the drink through the stomach to the intestine where the water, salt and carbohydrates are absorbed.
Studies have shown that our bodies can make use of up to 90 grams of carbohydrates per hour.
One Drink Mix 160 sachet, mixed with 500 ml of water – contains 40 grams of carbohydrates.
One Drink Mix 320 sachet, mixed with 500 ml of water – contains 80 grams of carbohydrates.
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This is the Gel. It’s a bold statement. But nonetheless true. From a technical perspective, traditional gels are water and carbohydrates simply mixed into syrups, often containing added flavors and preservatives. The Gel100 is completely different. It’s a biopolymer matrix, filled with a unique blend of fructose and glucose (ratio of 0.8:1) which enables uptakes of up to 100 grams of carbohydrates per hour.
The Gel 100 is built by harnessing natural hydrogel technology and built with six natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain any colorants or preservatives and comes in 40g servings. Each serving contains 60% carbohydrates – a high weight to energy ratio.
25g of carbohydrates per serving.
Solid is not a replacement to training and racing on Hydrogel — it’s a complement to it.
Solid is used by marathon runners, ultra runners, cyclists and triathletes.
Before: Solids can be used before training to load carbohydrates and keep fiber low. It’s a great pre-race breakfast or snack in the days leading up to a big goal.
During: Solid is an ideal fuel to consume during low-to-medium intensity endurance sessions over 2 hours. It helps add variety into your fueling without compromising the absorption rate of the carbohydrates.
After: Hard training sessions or races should be rewarded. Solid is a great tool for replenishing carbohydrates quickly.
Each Solid contains 225 calories and 44g of carbs.
Meet the hydrogel
Hydrogels are widely used in the food industry, often as thickeners and structurants. A hydrogel is a biopolymer- and water-based structure with very small pores. As a three-dimensional network with the ability to hold water, it looks and behaves a bit like a kitchen sponge.
At Maurten, they have found a way to build hydrogels with natural food ingredients. And they have filled the structure with the most efficient source of energy around – carbohydrates.
The hydrogels in our sports drinks are built from the combination of two natural ingredients:
Alginate – extracted from the cell walls of brown algae.
Pectin – found in apples, lemons, carrots and tomatoes, to name a few.
These two dietary fibers have been used for decades within the food industry. Combined under precisely the right circumstances, alginate and pectin form a pH-sensitive hydrogel.