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TORQ Gel

Product Summary

TORQ Gel is a naturally flavoured high-potency hypertonic energy gel, containing no artificial sweeteners or colours, with a silky smooth melt-in-the-mouth texture. This product has been carefully formulated to deliver TORQ's unique blend of multiple-transportable carbohydrates and electrolytes to the working muscles extremely quickly and efficiently using research-proven 2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose technology and all 5 key electrolytes. It also goes without saying that our flavour profiles are innovative to say the least and our reputation precedes us in this respect. TORQ Gel forms part of the TORQ Fuelling System, so can be used alongside TORQ’s energy drinks, bars and chews to fuel optimal performances. Please take the time to read about the TORQ Fuelling System by clicking HERE and ensure that you get the most out of this product.

Each TORQ gel provides 30 grams of multiple-transportable carbohydrates (1 TORQ Unit), which is a significantly greater concentration than many brands on the market today featured in larger heavier packages. The TORQ Fuelling System suggests consuming 2-3 TORQ Units per hour by taking on board our energy drink (TORQ Energy) along with the other more concentrated TORQ Units displayed in the table below, of which the TORQ Gel is one. The higher your perspiration rates, the more TORQ Energy you will need to consume relative to our concentrated fuelling units and when perspiration rates are lower, more concentrated TORQ Units should be consumed and less energy drink. The choice of which concentrated TORQ Units to consume is entirely yours. TORQ Gel, TORQ Bar and TORQ Chew are all optimised with multiple-transportable carbohydrates, so the only difference between them is the texture; Smooth, Soft or Chewy. Again, this interaction between TORQ's fuelling products is explained fully HERE and we also discuss this in more detail later on this page.

Product Use

The TORQ Fuelling System area of this website clearly explains how TORQ Gel works alongside TORQ’s other fuelling products (TORQ Energy, TORQ Bar and TORQ Chew). TORQ Gel represents the fastest possible method of conuming 30 grams of carbohydrate (1 TORQ Unit), so is suitable for use at all exercise intensities and is especially favoured during high intensity racing or training when heavy breathing makes consuming a TORQ Bar or TORQ Chew more difficult. For these reasons, we advise combining TORQ Energy Drink with TORQ Energy Gels during higher intensity racing and factor in TORQ Bars and TORQ Chews over the longer distances/lower intensities for variety. Of course, the beauty of the TORQ Fuelling System is that the choice is yours and we accept that everyone has different preferences. As the table above indicates, we describe the texture of the TORQ Gel as SMOOTH.

Product Detail

Multiple-Transportable Carbohydrates: TORQ Gel utilises a 2:1 blend of glucose-derivatives and fructose founded on a now substantial body of peer-reviewed published research (see bottom of this page for details). The carbohydrate sources for TORQ Gel come from an extremely low osmolality maize-derived maltodextrin (a long chain glucose derivative) and fructose. This dual-delivery carbohydrate formulation has been proven beyond doubt to supply energy faster than any other combination of carbohydrates or single carbohydrate source formulations. Take a look at the two very short movie clips below, which demonstrate how 2:1 Glucose-Derivatives:Fructose deliver over 40% more carbohydrate to the blood per hour than single glucose sources (the next best option).

Hypertonicity: The concentrated high grade, low osmolality maltodextrin used by TORQ pitches TORQ Gel's tonicity firmly into the hypertonic zone, meaning that the product has been optimised to prioritise fuel delivery over fluid supply. This, in combination with the unique integration of multiple-transportable carbohydrates (as explained above) and its smooth, easy to swallow texture, makes TORQ Gel highly potent and the fastest delivering fuel source on the market today. The TORQ Fuelling System outlines how TORQ Gels should be used in combination with our other fuelling products, so please take the time to read this section of the website. Click HERE if you haven't done so already. TORQ Gel will not satisfy your hydration requirements (no gel on the market will for that matter), so it is vital that you use this product in conjunction with TORQ Energy or TORQ Hypotonic to ensure optimal physical performance. As the TORQ Fuelling System confirms, there may be high perspiration situations where the intake of TORQ Gel units should be limited in favour of TORQ Energy consumption to address the body's fluid and electrolyte requirements. On the other hand, in low perspiration environments, TORQ Gel and our other concentrated TORQ Units (TORQ Bar and TORQ Chew) should represent a more significant proportion of your fuel intake. As long as 2-3 TORQ Units per hour is maintained in every scenario, fuelling will be optimal, you just need to drink more of your fuelling units if perspiration rates are high and less when lower. TORQ do produce a hypotonic product, which prioritises fluid delivery over fuel supply and not surprisingly it's called TORQ Hypotonic. This product has ultimately been designed for situations where perspiration rates are exceptionally high and fuel delivery is less important (high perspiration rates during sessions lasting less than 1 hour), but it can be used as part of the TORQ Fuelling System for longer duration efforts, it just necessitates a higher consumption of TORQ Gel, Bar or Chew TORQ Units than would be necessary if using TORQ Energy as a hydration source. For further information on TORQ Hypotonic, click HERE.

Electrolytes: TORQ Gel contains Sodium, Chloride, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium to replace the 5 electrolytes lost through perspiration. These salts maintain homeostasis within the body, allow it to hold onto water and preserve muscle function. Some brands do not include all of these electrolytes in their formulations, or run them at lower levels than they should – some include none at all.

Guarana: We have 6 gels which are caffeine-free, but the Forest Fruits and Banoffee gels both contain 89mg of caffeine delivered via natural guarana. Caffeine is a psychological stimulant, so aids concentration when extra help is needed. Caffeine consumption during exercise can help to lubricate the central nervous system to increase muscular power and efficiency as well as mobilising fat as a fuel source, helping to spare glycogen (your carbohydrate reserves).

Natural Flavours and No Colours: Under exercise stress, digestion is affected as blood is diverted to the working muscles and any solutes added to a product will raise its osmolality unnecessarily making it harder to digest, so irrespective of the health debate surrounding the consumption of artificial ingredients, during exercise is certainly not the time to take them. Therefore, we only use natural flavours that the body can recognise and break down easily and we don't use colours (artificial or natural), because they simply don't need to be in the product.

No Artificial Sweeteners: For the same reasons as highlighted above, we don't believe in the use of artificial sweeteners like Aspatame, Acsulfame-K, Saccharine and Sucralose. These artificial sweeteners are 100's of times sweeter than sugar and Aspartame/Acsulfame-K are particularly controversial with regard to long-term health. They offer no performance benefit at all and our stance is the same with these as with colours and preservatives – if they don’t need to be included in our formulations for functional reasons, why include them?

Litter-Free Tip: The tips of gel packs are easy to lose whilst opening and they litter the countryside. Keeping the tip of the gel tube attached to the rest of the packaging ensures that it doesn't get dropped and makes it easy for you to transport home with the rest of the packaging. A litter-free countryside is very important to us at TORQ. Please take your litter home or dispose of it responsibly.

Flavour Profiles

Nutritional Information

Ingredients (Non-Caffeinated Flavours): Maltodextrin (Glucose Polymers 43%), Water, Fructose (21%), Citric Acid, Electrolytes (Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Lactate, Magnesium Carbonate), Natural Flavour (0.2%), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

  per 45g serving per 100g
Energy (kJ) 476 1065
Energy (Kcal) 114 255
Fat (g) 0 0
of which saturates (g) 0 0
Carbohydrates (g) 28.8 63.9
of which sugars (g) 9.6 21.3
Fibre (g) 0 0
Protein (g) 0 0
Sodium (mg) 50 111
Chloride (mg) 85.5 190
Potassium (mg) 11.5 25.7
Calcium (mg) 4.5 10.1
Magnesium (mg) 1 2.3

Allergy Information: No allergens. No gluten containing ingredients used.

No Preservatives // No Colours // No Artificial Sweeteners // Natural Flavouring // Wheat-Free // Dairy-Free // Suitable for Vegans

Tested under ISO 17025 for the presence of prohibited substances

Ingredients (Caffeinated Flavours): Maltodextrin (Glucose Polymers 41.5%), Water, Fructose (20.7%), Natural Guarana Extract (1.8%), Electrolytes (Sodium Chloride, Calcium Lactate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Carbonate), Natural Flavours (0.33%), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Citric Acid.

  per 45g serving per 100g
Energy (kJ) 478 1045
Energy (Kcal) 112 250
Fat (g) 0 0
of which saturates (g) 0 0
Carbohydrates (g) 28 62.2
of which sugars (g) 9.3 20.7
Fibre (g) 0 0
Protein (g) 0 0
Sodium (mg) 50 111
Chloride (mg) 85.5 190
Potassium (mg) 11.5 25.7
Calcium (mg) 4.5 10.1
Magnesium (mg) 1 2.3
Caffeine (mg) 89 198

Allergy Information: No allergens. No gluten containing ingredients used.

No Preservatives // No Colours // No Artificial Sweeteners // Natural Flavouring // Wheat-Free // Dairy-Free // Suitable for Vegans // Contains high levels of Caffeine

Tested under ISO 17025 for the presence of prohibited substances

TORQ Gel is available in single 45g tubes, Boxes of 15 (15 X 45g) and Boxes of 30 (30 X 45g). Each TORQ Gel contains 30g of carbohydrate:

 
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate in contacting us on enquiries@torqfitness.co.uk or on local-rate (from landlines) 0344 332 0852.
 

Research References

1. Stellingwerff, T & Cox, GR. (2014) Systematic review: Carbohydrate supplementation on exercise performance or capacity of varying durations. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2014 Sep;39(9):998-1011.

2. Wilson. PB., Ingraham, SJ. (2015) Glucose-fructose likely improves gastrointestinal comfort and endurance running performance relative to glucose-only. Scand J Med Sci Sports. [Epub ahead of print].

3. Currell, K & Jeukendrup, A.E. (2008) Superior endurance performance with ingestion of multiple transportable carbohydrates. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 40(2):275–81.

4. Triplett, D., Doyle, D., Rupp, J., Benardot, D. (2010) An isocaloric glucose-fructose beverage’s effect on simulated 100-km cycling performance compared with a glucose-only beverage. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 20(2):122–31

5. Tarpey, M.D., Roberts, J.D., Kass, L.S., Tarpey, R.J., Roberts, M.G. (2013) The ingestion of protein with a maltodextrin and fructose beverage on substrate utilisation and exercise performance. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 38(12):1245–53.

6. Rowlands, D.S., Swift, M., Ros, M., Green, J.G. (2012) Composite versus single transportable carbohydrate solution enhances race and laboratory cycling performance. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 37(3):425–36.

7. Baur, D.A., Schroer, A.B., Luden, N.D., Womack, C.J., Smyth, S.A., Saunders, M.J. (2014) Glucose-fructose enhances performance versus isocaloric, but not moderate, glucose. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 46(9):1778–86.

8. Rowlands, D.S., Thorburn, M.S., Thorp, R.M., Broadbent, S.M., Shi, X. (2008) Effect of graded fructose co-ingestion with maltodextrin on exogenous 14C-fructose and 13C-glucose oxidation efficiency and high-intensity cycling performance. J Appl Physiol. 104:1709–19.

9. O’Brien, W.J & Rowlands, D.S. (2011) Fructose-maltodextrin ratio in a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution differentially affects exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rate, gut comfort, and performance. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 300(1):G181–9.

10. O’Brien, W.J., Stannard, S.R., Clarke, J.A., Rowlands, D.S. (2013) Fructose–maltodextrin ratio governs exogenous and other CHO oxidation and performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 45(9):1814–24.

11. Rowlands, D.S., Swift, M., Ros, M., Green, J.G. (2012) Composite versus single transportable carbohydrate solution enhances race and laboratory cycling performance. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 37(3): 425-436.

12. Smith, J.W., Pascoe, D.D., Passe, D., Ruby, B.C., Stewart, L.K., Baker, L.B., et al. (2013) Curvilinear dose-response relationship of carbohydrate (0–120 g·h−1) and performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 45(2):336–41.

13. Roberts, J.D., Tarpey, M.D., Kass, L.S., Tarpey, R.J., Roberts, M.G. (2014) Assessing a commercially available sports drink on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation, fluid delivery and sustained exercise performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 11(1):1–14.

14. Jentjens, R.L., Underwood, K., Achten, J., Currell, K., Mann, C.H., Jeukendrup, A.E. (2006) Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation rates are elevated after combined ingestion of glucose and fructose during exercise in the heat. J Appl Physiol. 100(3):807–16.

15. Jeukendrup, A.E & Moseley, L. (2010) Multiple transportable carbohydrates enhance gastric emptying and fluid delivery. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 20(1):112–21.

16. Davis, J.M., Burgess, W.A., Slentz, C.A., Bartoli, W.P. (1990) Fluid availability of sports drinks differing in carbohydrate type and concentration. Am J Clin Nutr. 51(6):1054–7.

17. Jentjens, R.L., Venables, M.C., Jeukendrup, A.E. (2004) Oxidation of exogenous glucose, sucrose, and maltose during prolonged cycling exercise. J Appl Physiol. 96(4):1285–91.

18. Jentjens, R.L., Achten, J., Jeukendrup, A.E. (2004) High oxidation rates from combined carbohydrates ingested during exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 36(9):1551–8.

19. Wallis, G.A., Rowlands, D.S., Shaw, C., Jentjens, R.L., Jeukendrup, A.E. (2005) Oxidation of combined ingestion of maltodextrins and fructose during exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 37(3):426–32.

20. Jentjens, R.L., Moseley, L., Waring, R.H., Harding, L.K., Jeukendrup, A.E. (2004) Oxidation of combined ingestion of glucose and fructose during exercise. J Appl Physiol. 96(4):1277–84.

21. Jentjens, R.L & Jeukendrup, A.E. (2005) High rates of exogenous carbohydrate oxidation from a mixture of glucose and fructose ingested during prolonged cycling exercise. Brit J Nutr. 93:485–92.

22. Fuchs, C.J., Gonzalez, J.T., Beelen, M., Cermak, N.M., Smith, F.E., Thelwall, P.E., Taylor, R., Trenell, M.I., Stevenson, E.J., van Loon, L.J. (2016) Sucrose ingestion after exhaustive exercise accelerates liver, but not muscle glycogen repletion compared with glucose ingestion in trained athletes. J Appl Physi. [Epub ahead of print].

For reviews see…

Jeukendrup, A.E. (2010) Carbohydrate and exercise performance: the role of multiple transportable carbohydrates. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. Jul;13(4):452-7.

Rowlands, D.S., Houltham, S., Musa-Veloso, K., Brown, F., Paulionis, L., Bailey, D. (2015) Fructose-Glucose Composite Carbohydrates and Endurance Performance: Critical Review and Future Perspectives. Sports Med. Nov;45(11):1561-76. 

Product Highlights

Flavour Options:

  • Strawberry Yoghurt 
  • Black Cherry Yoghurt 
  • Orange & Banana
  • Rhubarb & Custard
  • Raspberry Ripple
  • Apple Crumble
  • Forest Fruits (with Guarana)
  • Banoffee (with Guarana)

Size Options: 

  • Individual 45g Gel
  • Sample Pack of 10 Gels
  • Box of 20 gels

Other Options:

  • Mixed Boxes Available
  • Multiple Box Deals Available

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