Since the birth of Encaff some months ago, I have seen more and more caffeine powders that are made to be poured in your mouth - sans water or any other liquid. Diesel Energy Stix are the latest - a sour cherry Pixy Stix-like concoction supposedly energized to help you before a big workout, giving a boost of energy, plus muscular supplements to get you pumped.
KingofCaffeine.com generously sent me cool samples of Diesel, along with ThinkastMoveFaster.com.
Of course, by pumped, in this case it is to get you moving off your ass rushing to the sink or the nearest water receptacle to help chase this down. For a measly amount of energy ingredients, it is not worth trying to force your jaws to stay shut with a big mouthful of this powder waiting to dissolve.
Decent design, very easy to read for such a small pack. The only thing I might do it move the little rippable indent down a bit, so it is easier to pour out. Overall, I liked this well enough - easy to pack and carry, and even handled a little moisture without soaking the powder inside.
Of course it is not all bad. There is creatine, Caffeine and Ribonucleic Acid in here to aid in your workout. Not enough of any of it to make any difference, but at least there is an attempt. If you are already taking creatine and hitting the gym, a couple before your workout on a regular basis might be of some help, but don't expect a power rush.
There is 1.5mg of creatine in Diesel. But with no liquids to help aid it, it's not such a good thing. This is actually a decent amount IF you have already filled up your body with it (what is known in musclehead circles as loading), as that might be enough to maintain creatine levels. But serious creatine users take 2-4 grams a day, not a measly 1.5 grams. If you don't know what creatine is, chances are this won't be enough to affect you at all. Creatine is a great muscle builder in the gym if you use it regularly, adding definite gains in muscle mass and can help recovery. BUT - since creatine adds water to your muscle (its actually more complicated than this, but you get the idea) , you NEED to be taking this with water - or fruit juice, or your kidneys will be starved for it. The water needs to come from somewhere!
As for the caffeine level, there is a whole whopping 60mg - or about as much as a Diet Mountain Dew. Don't expect your energy levels to go up at all with this. I tried this both in and out of the gym - and felt absolutely nothing. Except a mouth so puckered it made my jaws hurt.
Which brings up the flavor. It is not noxious or anything, but it is not that good either. I thought it might just be a bad stick, but it was the same with all of them. They just left out all the sweetness, so it was nothing but bitter the whole way through. I mean NO sweetener. It was listed in the ingredients list, but this Sour Cherry was SSSSOOOURRR - like Warheads without the tasty reward. Whle I certainly have had a whole lot worse, this really could have used something to help the sour, bitter chalkiness. It is this chalkiness which stuck around too, and has you running for the water fountain. I did try to mix it with water, with very poor results.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Labels: energy tablets and powders