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WHAT ARE SPORT BEANS®?

A relatively new sports nutrition product created by the makers of Jelly Belly jelly beans.
This delicious jelly bean is specially formulated for fuelling the body before, during and after exercise. Sport Beans jelly beans offer a unique delivery system to help manage optimal intake of carbohydrates and nutrients when needed most.

Are Sport Beans gluten free and suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, Sport Beans are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. They are also OU Kosher certified.

Who are Sport Beans for?

Sport Beans are made for a broad range of active people including endurance athletes, weekend warriors and sports enthusiasts. In fact, Sport Beans are appropriate for anyone engaged in prolonged exercise of 60 minutes or more.

What are the benefits of eating Sport Beans?

A single pack of Sport Beans (28g) contains 24 grams of carbohydrates to fuel your body during intense exercise, and a balanced supply of electrolytes (sodium and potassium) vital for maintaining fluid balance. In addition, Sport Beans contain Thiamin (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and Niacin (Vitamin B3) to help burn carbohydrates and fat, as well as Vitamin C to protect muscles and cells against oxidative damage.

What makes Sport Beans different to regular jelly beans?

Sport Beans are specially formulated with sports performance in mind. Sport Beans provide a source of easily digestible carbohydrate for fuel, the electrolytes sodium and potassium for proper fluid balance, and B1, B2, B3, and C vitamins for energy metabolism and good health.

What is the primary carb source used in Sport Beans and is it beneficial?

The primary carbohydrate sources in this product are evaporated cane juice (sucrose) and tapioca syrup (a mix of the sugars glucose and fructose.) This carbohydrate blend is similar to what is used in sport drinks and other products designed for fuelling during workouts and competition. Fruit juice is also added, bringing another new carb source into Sport Beans.. According to a variety of research studies, the mix of carbohydrate sources used in Sport Beans is well taken up by the body. In fact, a mixture of carbohydrate sources as found in Sport Beans gets into your system more efficiently compared to a single carbohydrate source, such as glucose alone, in a sports product.

Will Sport Beans have an impact on my performance?

Research studies that investigate how carbohydrate enters into your system shows that a mix of carbohydrate sources, such as those from tapioca syrup and evaporated cane juice, are better used by the body when compared to a single carbohydrate source like glucose alone in a sports product. Also, the real fruit juices used in Sport Beans add an extra carbohydrate source that your muscles can also use as fuel.

Have Sport Beans been scientifically tested as performance boosters?

Yes! In a study conducted by the University of California Davis School of Medicine Sports Program, Sport Beans were proven just as effective as popular sports drinks and gels in maintaining blood sugar levels and improving exercise performance in competitive endurance athletes. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/welcome/features/20070117_sportsbeans/index.html

How are the levels of carbohydrate, electrolytes and other nutirents established for sport Beans?

The nutrient levels found in Sport Beans are based upon established recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM guidelines recommend consuming 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrate per hour during exercise lasting 60 minutes or more.
These guidelines also recommend drinking 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes and to include the electrolyte sodium at a set level. Sport Beans also provide a good source of B1, B2, B3, and C vitamins for good health.
These guidelines also recommend drinking 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes and to include the electrolyte sodium at a set level. Sport Beans also provide a good source of B1, B2, B3, and C vitamins for good health.

How should Sport Beans be used?

Sport Beans are easy to use and they taste great, too!
Before workout - Eat one packet about 30 minutes before exercise with 1-2 cups of water.
During workout - Eat as needed, aiming for one packet every 45 minutes of activity.
After workout - Eat to help replenish muscle stores of carbohydrates. As always, consume with water to replace fluids lost through sweat.

How should Sport Beans be used?

Sport Beans jelly beans offer a balanced supply of electrolytes vital for maintaining fluid balance. The 80 mg sodium /40 mg potassium split is optimal in aiding fluid balance by enhancing water absorption and water retention in cells.

Since Sport Beans Contain Sodium, how do they fit into the diet of a person with hypertension?

All Sport Beans, both regular and Extreme are a low sodium food containing less than 100 milligrams of sodium per packet. People with hypertension should consult their physician regarding recommended sodium intake and other methods of controlling high blood pressure.

Can I eat Sport Beans with other sports products?

Yes, you can eat Sport Beans along with drinking sports drinks and other sports products such as carbohydrate gels or bars by managing your intake, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout.
The goal is to take in roughly 120 to 240 calories per hour of extended exercise or activity along with 1/2 cup of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes.
You can meet the goal by consuming a combination of items or one alone - check the product label for calorie counts per serving and adjust accordingly. Sport Beans have 100 calories per packet.

Do Sport Beans contain Caffeine?

No, regular Sport Beans jelly beans are caffeine free. But Extreme Sport Beans® jelly beans DO contain 50mg of caffeine per packet.

Are Sport Beans appropriate for children?

Sport Beans offer the same benefits to children as they do for adults. Children lose fluids and burn carbohydrates during sports and play. The amounts of carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins in Sport Beans are safe and appropriate for children to use when participating in rigorous activities.
The electrolytes in Sport Beans - sodium and potassium, are present in very low amounts and are designed to aid in fluid balance. Children, like adults, need these electrolytes for good health.
The % Daily Value (DV) of nutrients set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a recommended intake set for various nutrients such as protein and carbohydrate. The DV is based on an average consumer (four years and older) who intakes 2000 calories daily. The Daily Values are considered appropriate for anyone that matches this description, including children.
However, Jelly Belly does NOT recommend Extreme Sport Beans® for children, teens, or pregnant or nursing women. For them, we recommend our regular Sport Beans.

Where can I get more information on Sport Beans?

Sport Beans have their own website packed full of useful information. US website www.sportbeans.com

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