***Disclaimer: I received a variety pack of Generation UCan SuperStarch bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!***
With a huge market of different energy gels, bars, shakes, and drinks, it can be hard to figure out which product will work best for you. Each company has their own unique ingredient and approach to how their energy product works. A while ago I had the opportunity to test Generation UCan’s SuperStarch powdered drink mix an had great success with the energy levels that I substained. The only issue was getting the chalky liquid down before a run. As someone who doesn’t consume much before running, this was a daunting task. When I found out that Generation UCan offered a SuperStarch bar, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try it out.
As with all of their products with SuperStarch, the bar is designed to give you substanined level of energy without a crash or jitters, burn fat (YAASSS!), help with recovery, and most importantly not upset your tummy. The bars come in five different flavors, peach, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter and are gluten free and low in sugar. I received the first four flavors in my pack.
Appearance: Initially upon opening, I thought “what the heck is this!?”, like all sorts of health bars, it’s not the prettiest hunk of food. It was literally a rectangle with all the things I needed in it, perhaps more of the featured flavor being visible in the bar would help. The coffee bean did contain specks of actual coffee bean, but I personally didn’t care for that.
Taste: When it comes to taste, it’s a bit of to each their own. Each pro had a flavor that the liked or didn’t like. Most did not like the peach, I loved the peach, I have a fellow friend who likes the peach. Peach made me happy, I would rank it as number one, followed by chocolate, cinnamon, and coffee bean.
Texture: Quite frankly, it’s exactly what you would expect from a protein style of bar. It’s not like you’re eating a brownie, but a very dense chocolate bar, like a 100 grand or something. There is some grit/chalkyness to the texture, but it didn’t crumble and was very neat for me to eat. However, some have reported that it will melt if carried in warmer temperatures. Also, if you’re not going to finish the bar, it immediately needs to go into a ziplock bag or else it will get as hard a rock. Speaking of Ziplocks, fellow pro Gina recommended pre-cutting the bar to make it easier to eat on the go.
Effectiveness: I primarily used mine for transitioning from work, to physical therapy to boot camp. Because all of these events were back to back, I needed something that would help me maintain my energy levels, while preventing me from getting hangry (hunger+anger). This did the job, I was able to go from an eight hour work day as a teacher, to an hour of PT, to another hour of boot camp without wanting to cut anyone. I would also use about a 1/3 of a bar on occasion before a short run to keep the hunger away and it seemed fine. Unfortunately I was injured during most of the month of Aug/Sept. This past weekend I did consume half a bar before running a half marathon because I was late and hungry and everything seemed to work out just fine for that race as well.
Cost & Availability: You can get a variety pack of 10 bars for $20, or a single flavor of 12 for $33. Of course you can use the code BIBRAVE for 15% off. Some local running stores may carry these bars, but prices and selection may vary.
Final Result: Does it work? Yes, for me and my current needs and got me through tasks I needed to tackle without feeling hungry or sluggish. Would I buy it again, not sure yet. I’m such a texture person when it comes to my food, and I need a bit more from this bar. Perhaps some dried fruit, nuts, or granola will help to improve that while adding in some extra protein and fiber. But I also cannot argue with the fact that it helped me. But don’t just take my word, check out the BibRave Pro reviews below and join us for #BibChat on Twitter this Tuesday, 10/11, at 8pm CST to learn more.