A new sugar free, caffeinated chewing gum that claims to take affect up to six times quicker than a cup of coffee.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 5

Superfast Energy Gum

Pros:

  • A different source of caffeine

Cons:

  • Acquired taste

Product:

Superfast Energy Gum

It’s official: caffeine boosts your cycling performance. We recently reported on a number of studies that have demonstrated the performance gains through caffeine consumption. Most people are familiar with sources of caffeine such as coffee, caffeinated gels and pro-plus, but now there is a new product: Superfast Energy Gum.

The makers claim that this caffeinated gum will enable you to study smarter, compete harder, focus better, stay alert longer and party forever. On top of this ambitious statement Superfast say that absorption is up to six times faster than swallowing a tablet or drinking coffee.

The suggested dose is two pieces, which equates to 100mg of caffeine. To put this in context, The Department of Health reckons an ordinary mug of filter coffee has approximately 140mg of caffeine and gels typically contain 70-120mgs. We definitely noticed the hit and would say the effects were comparable to a caffeine gel.

However, we were very conscious of having a large piece of gum in our mouths whilst cycling along, a surprise bump in the road could create a choking hazard. The taste was acquired, some people may enjoy the taste of blue-tac, others, less so… To further advertise the benefits of this gum the makers have produced a handy promotional video.

Verdict

The product can provide a strong caffeine hit, but it does have an acquired taste and will not appeal to many. Cyclists might be concerned about potentially swallowing the gum by accident, if they were to hit a bump in road or pot hole. The amusing promotional video is worth a watch though.

  • Steve James

    Picking up on your comments regarding Superfast Energy Gum, I would like to alleviate your concerns of having gum in your mouth while cycling. As has been clinically proven, the caffeine in chewing gum is released almost immediately and is all absorbed into your bloodstream in about 5 minutes. With drinks, gels and tablets, it takes between 30-45 minutes. So, you can chew Superfast Energy Gum for 5-10 mins before you start cycling, take it out of your mouth and dispose of responsibly. You will then reap the benefits of the caffeine for the next couple of hours with no gum in your mouth to worry about! Hope that helps.