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Honey is ideal as opposed to other sugars to quickly fuel the brain during depletion to hinder release stress hormones which lead to protein wasting (muscle tissue). This lead to impairments such as glucose and insulin resistance.
Honey improves blood sugar control during endurance events as compared to other sweeteners. Tolerance to honey is better than to sugar and glucose alone. Antioxidants found in honey reduce oxidative stress as well.
Look for raw and upocessed hony and might want to look into molasses too.
Glad to hear that, as raw unprocessed honey sweetens the three glasses of green tea I drink each morning.
Haven't yet consumed it before a run, though. Might have to give that a try.
Why would you take honey over a gel? Seems like you're still going to bonk with honey sooner/worse than with a complex carb. I just finished a half ironman and gels have been working well for me. I've learned a ton this summer from a guide by Steve Born: http://www.hammernutrition.com/downloads/fuelinghandbook.pdf?utm_source=fuelingbook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=fuelingbook
Gu is nothing more than a combination of chemicals made by a by-profit, unregulated corporation, which does not necessarily and honestly have your best interests in mind. Raw, unprocessed honey comes from nature and gets my vote over Gu any day of the week. I used to ingest Gu but would never consider it unless I was in a real pinch these days.
They sell this at REI. It's a honey-based energy gel. I tried a couple and didn't much care for the taste so haven't pursued them any further.