Gels vs. Chews

Remember how I said that I was going to do a gels vs. chews comparison post? Well this is it. I’ve thought about this for a while, especially when I was looking into what nutrition I would need during a long run. What I’ll do is list the pros and cons for each and then commonalities at the end.


Week 7 1

-Easy to take while on a run, (you can just kind of slurp it back and go)

-The consistency of some can be a little thick, so it might make things a little tricky

-Like eating different kinds of jam

-More calories in one gel relative to one chew


Clif Bloks Energy Chews

-The size of some of them can be massive…read my post on the Clif Bloks as a good example

-The packaging can be a bit of a challenge while on the run

-Kind of like chewing on a gummy candy

-Don’t fit in those little loops on a fuel belt

Common Ground

-No difference in flavour (generally)

-Both can be taken just as often as the other, so it’s not like you cut out some time by taking a gel vs. a chew (for example)

-Both can have caffeine

-Price wise there generally isn’t a huge difference between one singular gel and one singular pack of chews

What are your favourite gels/chews? Any other perks to either that you can think of?


-Running Fast, Lifting Heavy



7 thoughts on “Gels vs. Chews

  1. I really like Honeystinger chews. They’re like candy and I find them kind of addicting. Haha For longer runs, I use their gels. I also like the Hammer gels too. Never tried the Clif ones though. How do they compare to other gels you’ve tried?

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    • I like Honey Stinger as well! They’re super yummy. I find Clif Gels and Honey Stinger gels to have very similar consistencies, they’re also both organic. So I’d say they’re pretty at par with each other. Though I think Honey Stinger has “jazzier” flavours.

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