Amacx Turbo Drink Watermelon

In this article I will review Amacx Turbo Drink with the new Watermelon flavor. I will try to compare with Amacx Sports drink, Amacx Energy drink and others like Win2 or Born ISO Pro drink.

Amacx Sports Nutrition is partner of World Tour teams Visma Lease a Bike, EF Education-EasyPost and the Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team. Amacx was also sponsor of the 2024 Amstel Gold Race.

Specifications Amacx Turbo Drink Watermelon

On the Turbo Drink product page the following description can be found:

Amacx Turbo Drink Watermelon replenishes your energy supply during a long and demanding training session. This drink contains 40 grams of carbohydrates per bottle. Due to the correct ratio of glucose and fructose (1:0.8) in this drink, your body is capable of absorbing carbohydrates without causing digestive or stomach issues. You should take this drink during a long exertion of at least 2 hours. The drink is available in the Lemon & Watermelon flavor.

  • 1 bag is good for 20 servings of 40 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Can be dosed as 40 grams or 80 grams of carbohydrates per bottle.
  • Replenishes energy sources during a long sports performance.
  • 1:0.8 carbohydrate ratio with the addition of electrolytes.
  • Contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Refreshing watermelon flavor.

Just like the Amacx Isotonic Sports Drink you can dose the Amacx Turbo Drink in two ways: 40 grams or 80 grams per water bottle. Normally a high dose of carbohydrates or super sweet taste, like the Win2 Isotonic Electrolyte Sports Drink with Lemon Tea Flavour, is experienced when my stomach starts doing funny things. 🙂

Ever since I have been using Maxim Sports Nutrition, more specific the electrolytes powder back in the days, I know how important these are during endurance activities. So for me it is good to know these are in the Amacx Turbo Drink as well, together with additions like magnesium to keep your muscles working properly.

NUTRITIONAL VALUEPER 100 GRAMSPER 42 GRAMS / 1 SCOOP
Energy1588 kJ667 kJ
380 kcal160 kcal
Fat0 g.0 g.
of which saturated0 g.0 g.
Carbohydrates95 g.40 g.
of which sugars44 g.18 g.
Proteins0 g.0 g.
Salt0.95 g.0.39 g.
Minerals
Potassium350 mg. / 17.5%147 mg. / 7%
Calcium175 mg. / 22%73 mg. / 9%
Magnesium70 mg. / 19%29 mg. / 8%
Sodium380 mg.156 mg.

% = Nutrient reference value

scientific nutrition intermezzo

A little while ago I’ve reviewed the book “The Secret of Cycling – Maximum Performance Gains Through Effective Power Metering and Training Analysis” which goes deep in the performance of the human engine. And this engine must be properly fueled but in a mixed and balanced way (remember the Jumbo Foodcoach App).

Martijn Redegeld, Head of Nutrition at Team Visma | Lease a Bike and also working with NOC*NSF, Belgian Cycling and Amacx Sports Nutrition, has written some great content on the nutrition strategy for cyclists:

By using this combination of different carbohydrates, two absorption systems in the intestines are used, with which the intake can be significantly increased without causing stomach or intestinal complaints. […] In these studies, groups of cyclists and runners tolerated carbohydrate intakes of up to 120 grams per hour without any gastrointestinal complaints. Not much later it was also established that these high carbohydrate intakes also lead to higher oxidation, which means that this fuel is actually used in the body as extra energy

120 grams of carbohydrates per hour – Amacx.com

In addition Martijn Redegeld has a long section of Sports Nutrition Advice on the Amacx.com website! Highly advisable to read this valuable content.

In the article published on the TrainingPeaks website “How to Optimize Carbohydrate Absorption” Dr. Alex Harrison confirms the mixed intake with some interesting insights as well:

A 1:1 ratio of glucose to fructose appears to be well tolerated by most people during intense exercise, and increasing up to 144g total carbs per hour as efforts increase is likely good practice. […] The most rapid absorbing mixtures will be between 0.8:1 and 1:1 fructose:glucose ratios using the combinations of sugar molecules.

How to Optimize Carbohydrate Absorption | TrainingPeaks

Finally, and without digging to deep into the scientific side of sports physiology I like the concepst of “The hierarchy of fueling needs” and the “Visual guide to how much carbohydrate to take in per hour” in the article ” “How much carbo hydrate do athletes need per hour?” written by Andy Blow. A visual representation of the fueling strategy is helpful in planning your granfondo.

Concluding thoughts and wrap-up

The price-point of Amacx Turbo Drink Watermelon is around € 27,00 for 850 grams. This is not cheap compared to the Win2 Isotonic Electrolyte Sports Drink (18,00 per 800 grams) or the Amacx Isotonic Sports Drink € 31,50 for 2.0 kg of powder. The Amacx Turbo Drink Watermelon has the same price-point than the Born ISO Pro (14,00 per 400 grams) so both are in good company.

As Carbohydrate Absorption is important, the Amacx Turbo series of products is certainly something to consider. I would do so on the long endurance rides or a granfondo, where a lot of energy is required. For the regular training rides the Amacx Isotonic Sports Drink is sufficient for me.

In practice it is an easy to digest product, with an excellent not to sweet taste. It is a flavor I definitely like and prefer also during the warmer summer days. I’ve ordered through Duursport.nl as all other Amacx products reviewed on this website (see below list), with fast delivery and smooth ordering.

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