TORQ offer a range of range of nutritional products (carbohydrate powders and energy bars, plus recovery and muscle building supplements) that not only taste great, but which are also good for you.
TORQ use a combination of two natural carbohydrates; maltodextrin and fructose, while some Aspartame sweetened drinks use only one, typically maltodextrin. (*Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener which if Googled, turns up frightening words like ‘toxicity’, ‘hazard’, ‘not safe’ and ‘poisoning’. If any of these claims are even part true then Aspartame is something I want to avoid, completely.) Research has shown that by taking a mix of the two together, there is a much greater conversion of carbohydrate to energy. In other words you get more bang for your buck! The energy powder comes in five flavours; natural (almost tasteless and available in organic variant too), orange, lemon, pink grapefruit and lime & lemon.
Prices start at £15 for 1500g tub of energy powder, each tub comes with it’s own measuring spoon for easy use. For comparisons sake, a litre of energy drink costs approx 87p per litre.
The TORQ bars come in interesting flavours that include tangy apricot, sundried banana, raspberry & apple and pineapple & ginger. That the fruit used to make these is fairly traded is not made much of by TORQ, but it might make you feel better about yourself as you indulge in your sport! Plus the Apricot and Banana varieties contain Ribose, natural sugar, which when taken in small quantities has been found to significantly enhance recovery from heavy exercise.
These bars are so good that I now have friends who choose them as snacks. They are moist, easy to chew and with great texture. Previously I had found myself fighting my way through something that I did not like the taste of and that was incredibly hard work to chew, so these bars are a win-win option too.
Bars are available from good bike shops and TORQ costs from £1.15 per bar.
- Price: £15 per tub, £1.15 per bar
- Performance: 9
- Value: 9
- Contact: TORQ
I have been using the TORQ products for a few weeks now, first in training and then, when I felt comfortable that they worked well for me and had no adverse effects on my body, I used them in competition as well. The race results have been awesome and I have not suffered any of the after effects I had been resigned to up until now.
The bottom line for me is that I would not have accepted any compromise in performance while using these products, but taste was secondary, so I was delighted to find that I actually like the energy powder more than the one I was currently using; the taste is fresher and much more natural.