I have always enjoyed trying the latest trends in the fitness industry. I can remember buying the 2nd generation Fitbit flex for my Dad when it first came out.
I had MyFitnessPal before UnderArmour bought it, and even gave the Jaybird fitness tracker a try for its heart rate variability capabilities (no longer being made because it didn't work).
So when Revolution came out with BCAA gummies I had to try them. They combine BCAA's (branched chain amino acids) and gummies so it seemed like a pretty sweet deal to me.
Since I first came across them I have tried every flavour that the local bulk barn offers - red berries, gummy bears, and a fuzzy peach dupe.
If anyone has ever tried a fitness version of a candy or chocolate then you will know it never tastes the same. The texture might be close, but even then it is still a bit foreign. This is VERY true of the BCAA gummies.
I don't think they taste that bad, but there is definitely a sugar-alcohol after taste. These gummies use maltitol as sweetener and if you didn't know already, maltitol has laxative effects if consumed in large enough quantities. Even from 1 small bag, I would get a slight stomach ache. Nothing serious or urgent, but definitely noticeable.
There is also a lingering chalky-ness in your mouth after eating them.
The real kicker for me is the carbohydrate content. BCAA's, when consumed as a powder in water can be found with very low carbohydrate quantities, especially if you get flavourless BCAA's.
These little gummies have 22g of carbohydrates per bag. So if you were on a keto diet this would take up your entire allowance for carbs, leaving no room for the important carbs from vegetables.
I think for $5 a bag, you'd be better off buying the powder version of BCAA's if you truly want the supplement. You can also make your own BCAA and preworkout gummies with gelatin and then you control the sugar content.
Sometimes the fitness industry nails it with supplement creations, but I have to say that these are a miss for me. I have a great BCAA supplement powder that is effective and provides me with the benefits of taking BCAA's without the added maltitol to give me an upset stomach, or chalky mouth feeling. You can find it at MyProtein.ca. My personal favourite flavour is blue raspberry but they have a ton of other options! If you follow that link you will also get 30% off of a $35 order!
As a final note I have to reiterate that supplements are not necessary to achieve your health and wellness goals. I only ever really recommend them when I feel like someone needs an added edge, or a little boost in their workouts. Besides that you should be just fine with a balanced diet and regular physical activity!
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Riri's Discoveries blog documents Riri's most recent research, her travel adventures, and her personal fitness journey.