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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Product Review-Buddy Fruits vs. Honey Stinger

Energy supplements  are needed when doing any workout longer than an hour.  No athlete should think of doing a race that will take longer than an hour without some kind of nutritional support.

The question is always what to use?  I am always on the look out for new products that will work for me.  Going to the race expo can mean a great chance to try out some new products.

I’ve picked up buddy fruits a couple of times at races, first at the National Duathlon Championship in St. Paul and also at the Chicago Triathlon.

I also bought a Honey Stinger Fruit Smoothie Organic Energy gel.

I thought I would try each one out, one week in my indoor Comp trainer class. The class runs around 90 minutes, with some pretty intense intervals. It would be a great test to see if I got an energy kick from either product.

I’ve used GU energy gels for years. If fact I don’t think I could do a marathon without them. I even use on during a sprint triathlon.  I can feel the energy increase when I take them.  Some athletes have trouble digesting these, but I’ve used them without problems. But I always open to trying something new.

I used the blueberry & black current buddy fruit for my week one trial.  The packet is 4.2 ounces.  It is advertised on their web site as being gluten free, 100 % fruit and BPA free.  The company also makes two other products; Buddy Fruit & Veggies and Buddy Fruit Smoothies, a fruit and skim milk product. 

It is packaged in a plastic 4 ounce pouch with a screw top.  One of the things I like about GU is it has the consistency of pudding.  The buddy fruits tasted like fine apple sauce. It was ok, but nothing great.  I really did not see any energy benefit. In fact I bombed out during one of the intervals, so this product did nothing for performance.

This would be great as a snack or to put in a day pack for a hike. Reading the company web site, it looks like that is the intent of the product.  The product contains no added sugar. It is made from apples, bananas, blueberries, black currents and apple juice concentrate.  The company started as a way for two parents to make a healthy snack for their kids. Mission accomplished as a snack, not so much for an energy supplement for workouts and racing.

Next up was Honey Stinger gel.  The web site says it is a blend of organic tapioca syrup, organic honey, electrolytes and natural fruit flavors.  So how did it work as a workout supplement?

It was much better than the Buddy Fruits.  I got a nice energy boost that carried me through the 90 minute workout.  I tried the Fruit Smoothie flavor, but all I tasted was honey. So maybe I would get the same boost from honey.  Each 1 ounce pack has 100 calories and 24 grams of carbs. 

The honey stinger is a nice product and I would be open to using it again, if I wanted something honey flavor or if GU was not available.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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