28 Dec '17, 10am

Can candy be a lifesaver on long runs?

Can candy be a lifesaver on long runs?

There are elite athletes who use candy to fuel and live to talk about it. Ultrarunner Clare Gallagher bought a 1.9-pound tub of Sour Patch Kids before her victorious assault on the Leadville 100 last year. She went the candy route in part because it was cheaper than buying sports-specific chews, but also because she wanted something her crew could enjoy too. For candies made mostly from sugar (like Jolly Ranchers or Mike and Ikes), Wilson advises a one-for-one calorie swap with your traditional sports nutrition. Bars like Snickers or Three Musketeers get more complicated. Since a fair portion of the calories come from fat (9 calories per gram), not carbs (4 calories per gram), you’ll need to figure out the exact number of carbohydrate calories the bar packs and use that number to figure out how much to eat. “You’d have to consume more calories of that candy to get the same...

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