What You Should Know
Chia Surge is an energy gel created from the chia seed. The product is available from Vitalyte. There is a complete product profile, including a detailed ingredient list, available on the official website. If you are a dieter and you are exercising intensely as part of your weight loss program, you may need to replace electrolytes, but you don’t necessarily need an energy product like Chia Surge. This product is designed for the athlete who is already in shape. Extreme athletes burn thousands of calories during training and competition and they don’t have energy stores to maintain that burn rate so carbohydrates used along the way to keep energy levels high.
List of Ingredients
- Citric Acid
- Fruit Juice
- Vegetable Juice
- Natural Flavor
- Organic Cane Sugar
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid
- Linoleic Acid
The ingredient list for Chia Surge is quite impressive. While the same electrolytes are supplied, we also found amino acids and beta alanine. We are particularly interested in the addition of beta alanine as this seems to be the defining factor between generic energy gels and products truly created for the athlete. Beta alanine is thought to increase the time an athlete can train and compete before the muscle starts to burn. It also may help reduce muscle pain the following day. That means working out longer, harder and more often.
The calorie total in one serving of Chia Surge is a bit lower than we expected. The gel pack only supplies 75 calories, all of which are sourced from carbohydrates. We’ve reviewed energy gels and drinks in the same category with more than 300 calories per serving. We are unsure exactly what influences a company to aim for a specific calorie total – but we think this one is just too low.
Chia Surge is not designed for weight loss. Even though the gel contains just 75 calories, those calories are extra and straight sugar. The sugar could cause the dieter to feel hungry a short while after taking the supplement.
- Chia Surge is listed on the Vitalyte website.
- The product supplies amino acids and beta alanine.
- Provides a good source of carbohydrates (energy).
- Dieters will not lose more weight using this product.
- Contains fewer calories than comparable products.
Chia Surge uses the chia seed as the selling point for the energy gel. We know chia seeds are healthy and often used in smoothies and shakes, but they do not necessarily make for a better energy gel. The extreme athlete may have to use more Chia Surge than they would other products because of the low calorie content.