hypoallergenic feeding products?

ketosketos Member
edited November 2012 in General Discussion
And it needs to be the Canadian definition, which unfortunately includes corn. Or does anyone have a good recipe? I'll have to figure out some way to bag it and stuff it in my suit as well.


  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Could you provide a bit more explanation of what you are requesting?
  • Alternatives to gatorade gels and the like that are hypoallergenic of course.

    Gatorade gels contain maltodextrin which comes from corn and therefore is no good for me.

    So what else is out there? I'd prefer stuff I can cary in my suit for races.

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin
    Sorry for being dense, but since malto is just a pure sugar, surely the origin is irrelevant after processing? You need a high energy density non-malto product instead? I can't think of anything equivalent if so (there are too many problems using fructose or glucose as alternatives for long duration). but others might have a better idea.

    Have you considered trying a keto diet, (though I have reservations about that for long distance or anywhere cold, I don't think anyone has proven it's utility in this arena and I'm not going to try it, I'll keep my bioprene, thanks ). Or trying a solids-based feed, like dilute oat porridge?
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited November 2012

    Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey

    Maltodextrin can be enzymatically derived from any starch. In the US, this starch is usually corn; in Europe, it is commonly wheat. While wheat-derived maltodextrin may cause concern for individuals suffering from gluten intolerance, maltodextrin is such a highly processed ingredient from which the majority of the protein is removed, rendering it effectively gluten-free. If wheat is used to make maltodextrin, it will appear on the label. Even so, the maltodextrin itself will be gluten-free. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltodextrin

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  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member
    I don't know anything about the scientific aspects behind maltodextrin and gluten free, but I do have a few recipes for all natural energy bars with rice as a base. I hate gels and those sort of things (too sweet when I'm exercising). I've never tried rice cakes as a sole energy source during a swim, and you can't stick them in your suit, but they are tasty and work well to replace an energy bar. Here's an example:

    1. Combine 2 cups uncooked calrose rice and three cups water in a rice cooker. Cook.
    2. While rice is cooking, chop up 8 ounces of bacon before frying. Fry and drain grease.
    3. Beat 4 eggs and then scramble on high heat.
    4. In a large bowl, combine rice, bacon and eggs. Add 2 tablespoons liquid amino acids or low sodium soy sauce. Add brown sugar to taste.
    5. After mixing, press into a 8 or 9 inch baking pan to about 1.5 inch thickness.
    6. Top with more brown sugar, salt, and/or Parmesan if desired.
    7. Cut into 10 squares, wrap individually.

    Per serving: 225 calories, 8g fat, 321 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein
    Source: The Feed Zone Cookbook by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim
  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Scottsdale, AZCharter Member
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    WaterGirl said:


    Some old-school boat captains are superstitious of them. Seriously.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    evmo said:

    WaterGirl said:


    Some old-school boat captains are superstitious of them. Seriously.
    Why? Slippery deck?

  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Scottsdale, AZCharter Member
    At Swim the Suck, a guy had a banana tucked into his goggle strap. It looked like the blade on a Roman helmet.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    I do remember seeing him and thinking, Why not just give that to your yaker?
  • FrancoFranco Charter Member
    One of the sponsors at Swim the Suck was giving out sample packs of these gels. I haven't tried them yet or looked closely at ingredients but they may work for you. No malto.
  • ketosketos Member
    edited November 2012
    Franco said:
    Looks like we have a winner :) As far as I can tell it's nutrients sourced from figs with a few added vitamins and other fruit flavorings. Thanks so much
  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Scottsdale, AZCharter Member
    Cliff Shot Blocks are 95% organic, and they don't have any corn or gluten. All natural flavorings and coloring. Plus they taste good and don't make me thirsty.
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