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    Why does B-LINE contain multiple sweeteners?

    Why does B-LINE contain multiple sweeteners?

    I was recently asked a most superb question.  It's always more official in writing, plus I get to write a blog post. It's been a while. My bad. So here's the query:

    "Why does B-LINE have multiple sweeteners?"

    This could easily be a drawn out (and likely boring) novel on the advantages of combining honey, maple and molasses.  However, I will reserve a redux of "The Brothers Karamazov" for a rainy day and skip to the part where I break down B-LINE to each of its respective usage occasions; the anytime, during and after workout.

    For starters, B-LINE provides the most simplistic delivery of fast absorbing carbohydrates, in terms of ingredients used, to the body for immediate absorption.  The goal is fast acting energy.  The ratios and types of sweeteners we use interplay with the serving size by ounce, which is important to note. Here’s the breakdown.

    “Anytime”:  originally dubbed Blue and Red, our first two products, were created when we were competitively mountain biking.  It’s intentionally calorie high, carbohydrate and sugar rich.  At 2.5 oz it was designed to sustain our duration and intensity of biking.  It became “anytime”, with a focus on the resealable aspect, as common consumer feedback was that one would split the pouch for a portion at breakfast (say on waffles) and then the rest closer to exercise.   As a side note, the molasses, albeit sweet is nestled in there the large amount of potassium. 

    “Racing-FUEL”: we partnered and co-branded this one (as well as re-FUEL) with our triathlete amigo, Jamey Yon.  He had a bit of influence into how we ended up with all 3 of these recipes.  In this case we used a single sweetener, maple, as it’s close relationship with sugar ratios and how it specifically interacts with sodium uptake.  Since sodium levels are 170-180mg per 1.2 oz, the key here is a smaller serving size as less is needed to efficiently shuttle sodium into the body.  Plus, the sodium one needs at given time during activity is unique to that person. 

    “Re-FUEL”: the goal here was to get Jamey a product with a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein and like the “anytime”, the product is more efficacious using honey and maple, then just maple alone.  It too is a 2.5 oz pouch, but in this case it’s a true single serve to be eaten at once.  Here we maximized the pouch serving size to have 10 g of whey plus the additional nutrient content. 

    I think that covers the gist of it, but you've really got to taste trial B-LINE and get the whole tummy tale. So, B-LINE it and boogie to check out with the code FAMILYPACK for 30% on...yea you guessed it, the Family Pack. 

    B-LINE Natural Energy — Chris Hawks and Roddy Burgess Inspiration: The need for natural and healthy sports foods

    B-LINE Natural Energy — Chris Hawks and Roddy Burgess Inspiration: The need for natural and healthy sports foods

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    Blackstrap Molasses: Nutrition for Athletes

    Raspberry Molasses.  That is the what identifies the Blue B-LINE natural energy.  Raspberries have many health benefits that can be found on our ‘what’s inside’ page but blackstrap molasses is where it is AT my friends!  This best kept nutritional secret is the bomb-digity!

    The B-LINE team was recently at an event handing out taste samples our food that increases endurance to a variety of athletes.  A woman loved the Red, Pomegranate Banana flavor but would not try the Blue flavor because her grandmother, back in the day, made her eat a spoonful of blackstrap molasses every day.  Why do I share this story?  I share because the evidence of the nutritional benefits of this strong flavored gem has spanned the generations.

    Athletes consume energy gel for, well, energy.  So why do some athletes seek an energy gel has ingredients that are unknown, unheard of and are ‘new’ when the goodness that grandma dispensed is right at their fingertips?  The Blackstrap molasses that is used in B-LINE all-natural energy gel with carbohydrates has spanned generations are here are 5 reasons why:

    1. Good for your bones

    Calcium makes for strong bones and magnesium helps grow your bones.  This amazing nutrition for endurance athletes contains both magnesium and calcium.  About 5 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses contains 50% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, 95% of iron and 38% of magnesium. (Healthline)

    1. Diabetic friendly

    Although derived from sugar blackstrap molasses adds carbohydrate for the sports athletes but digests more slowly which may stabilize blood sugar for our sugar sensitive friends.

    1. Blood booster

    That 95% of your daily allowance of iron mentioned above helps your red blood cells strong.  A lack of red blood cells can make anyone tired and even feel weak.  Fighting this anemic feeling may be overcome with a dose of Blue raspberry molasses B-LINE!

    1. Potassium powerhouse

    We all know that bananas are a great source of potassium, but a blackstrap molasses has 10% of your daily allowance needed in just 2 teaspoons. Potassium-rich foods help lower systolic blood pressure, lower cholesterol and support a healthy cardiovascular system, in addition to helping cleanse your liver. (Dr. Axe Food is Medicine)

    1. Anti-inflammatory properties

    Because of the anti-inflammatory properties in blackstrap molasses, it relieves swelling and joint pain that can assist in post workout recovery for any runner, cyclist, swimmer or biker.

    Return to the teachings of generations past and blow your mind with the intense flavor of Raspberry Molasses B-LINE natural energy, the nutrition for athletes in the form of the best energy gel.

    How do you eat B-Line Natural Energy? A natural energy gel thats real food!

    We, at B-LINE natural energy, have been asked many times ‘how do YOU eat B-LINE?’ We will get to that information but first we answer that let us answer ‘how do we eat ANY energy gel?’

    There are a myriad of products on the market that provide energy on the go with energy gels, drinks, and alternative nutrition in a pouch but let us start with the most popular:

    The ‘two hander’: when an athlete is running the path or a cyclist is riding the road the last thing they want to do is stop, need two hands to open a sports drink pouch only to have it spray in their face due to the floppy packaging and the tear away top! How much do endurance athletes end up wearing and how much actually gets consumed?!? If the drink is not in the body the energy is not in your workout. No good!

    Next there is the single serve gel with the tear off top. The taste of this energy gel is interesting but SO much water is needed to ‘chase’ the product that it becomes a ‘two-hander’ as well! The product is one serving and, frankly, not enough and leaves us wanting more! The tear off top creates a mess on your hands as well as in your pocket. Not enough AND messy? Who needs that?

    Super excited about the third option because it real food! When tested, not even in a work out scenario, the ‘tear-off’ top does NOT tear. No use of teeth, nor pulling, or tugging could easily open the gateway to get to the real food alternative. Scissors were brought into play but who has scissors when working out?!? Our mamas taught us not to run with scissors and we do believe that swimming, biking, cycling, hiking, etc. would fall into that category as well! Once the package was opened the real food content was so thick it was difficult to eat BUT if you are patient and have the time and resources the taste is actually quite wonderful.

    Then we have B-LINE natural energy! What is this all about? It’s like this: 5 all-natural ingredients, everything that you can pronounce so it is everything that you can eat AND it’s flipping delicious. Two flavors: pomegranate, banana, honey, maple, coconut AND raspberry, molasses, honey, maple, chia seeds. Awesome re-sealable cap that you can twist and slurp while on the go! Easy to get out, doesn’t require water. Won’t explode in your face, won’t explode in your pocket but it will explode your taste buds!! Best part about it is that IT WORKS!

    Get ready work out with the greatness that is B-LINE natural energy! This is the energy gel alternative that is changing the game!

    From the mind of our fancy B-LINE scientific advisor, Zach Evans, Ph.D.

    Comprehensive dietary macronutrient recommendations for endurance athletics is highly variable, often subjective, and largely lacking any scientific basis. Emerging evidence overwhelmingly suggests that pre-workout or pre-race dietary strategies offer only minor changes in performance (high carbohydrate vs. high fat +/- protein) assuming adequate recovery times and caloric intake prior to exercise. Conversely, nutritional supplementation during aerobic/endurance performance can provide significant advantages and this is nearly singularly attributed to carbohydrate consumption.

    Our definition of “advantage” is that supplementation provides measurable performance benefits in scientifically controlled peer-reviewed published endurance sports related trials. Fat and/or protein consumption during performance show either no benefit, or possible detrimental effects due to gastrointestinal disturbance or inhibition of nutrient absorption. Therefore, our primary focus is on providing optimal carbohydrate balance and delivery as well as peripheral nutritional supplementation. The challenge is delivering this using natural ingredients compared to the majority of commercially available products which use synthetic sugars.

    While synthetic carbohydrates such as maltodextrin do have strong scientific support for effectiveness, we are getting overwhelming feedback that consumers would prefer to avoid these substances if possible. This is the niche that we believe our products fill.

    Research in the last few years is clearly showing that the advantages of maltodextrin (the primary supplement carbohydrate- synthetic) are equivalent and are therefore interchangeable with naturally occurring glucose and that the optimal ratio of sugars for optimal performance is somewhere right around 1:1 fructose : glucose. This ratio seems to optimize absorption, oxidation rate (metabolism), minimizes gastrointestinal upset, and most importantly optimizes performance. There are clear trends in each of these parameters as the fructose : glucose increases from 0.5:1 to 1:1 and the advantages plateau at 1:1 and may decline beyond. As future studies continue to advance our understanding of sports nutrition, the ideal strategies will undoubtedly evolve.

    However, our products use ingredients with naturally occurring fructose and glucose, and our ingredient mixtures are for the purpose of achieving the current ideal carbohydrate ratios. If you look more closely into our ingredient lists, the other represented sugar is sucrose, which is fructose bonded to glucose, and although it requires a single enzymatic glycosylation step, it seems to help maintain the 1:1 ratio. Although we are able to achieve this ratio, guidance to athletes concerning total carbohydrate consumption and rate is difficult as it is dependent on effort, time, individual metabolic rate, etc. We are currently working on coming up with recommendations.

    Looking at controlled or retrospective trials, we should be able to do this for running, cycling, and triathlon in men. In short, our goal is to design products in reverse, adapting the formulations to match the ideal nutritional ratios rather than creating a product and making unbiased or unfounded claims which unfortunately plague the performance supplement market.

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