TORQbar ~ Slabs of Energy
I visited the lads in the
shop to stock up on my winter fuel for when I start putting in my big
rides. I need to be up to two five hour rides a week by Christmas,
so need some energy dense food to keep me going. Russell gave me a
TORQbar to try. So I did and this is what I found.
TORQbar's are different to
your normal energy bars because they're made with
fairly traded fruit and are suitable for vegetarians.
They've been formulated to produce a food that is ultra high in
carbohydrate, very low in fat and with ingredients wide-ranging in
glycemic index for immediate and sustained glucose release. Just
what you need for big events or big training rides.
I found them to be tasty,
easy to digest and more importantly easy to get down your throat.
Some energy bars are like sawdust and others drowned in fat to get the
calories up. TORQbars could well be your answer to the problems of
finding a food (fuel) for you that works.
I tried the Tangy Apricot TORQbar 1 which is is a moist
and chewy bar that contains just over 2% fat and is packed with usable
carbohydrate. TORQbar's also contain
ribose. Ribose is natural sugar, which when taken in small
quantities has been found to significantly enhance recovery from heavy
Ribose is present within
every living cell of the body and is used to manufacture
ATP (the energy currency of
the cell) from scratch. Whilst the body can manufacture its own ribose
from glucose, this requires energy and is a very slow process. Research
suggests that supplementation with ribose increases the manufacture of
ATP by 340-430%. Which is a good thing. I'll be doing a
separate article on Ribose soon.
Where can I get some?
Pedal Power £1.25 per bar and worth
Nutritional Information (per 100g):
Energy 1364KJ / 326KCal
(of which sugars) 33.2g
(of which saturates) 0.7g
Niacin 6.5mg (36%)*, Vitamin
E 4.0mg(50%), Pantothenic Acid 2.3mg (38%), Vitamin B6 1.0mg (50%),
Riboflavin 0.9mg (56%), Thiamine 0.7mg (50%), Vitamin A 400mg (50%),
Folacin 100mg (50%), Biotin 75mg (50%), Vitamin D 1.5mg (30%), Vitamin
B12 0.8mg (80%), Zinc 7.5mg (50%), Iron 7mg (50%).
*(%) = Percentage of Recommended Daily Allowance