Try one of these four chew-worthy gums (and gummies).
The idea behind this “performance gum,” developed by Olympian runner Nick Symmonds, is that you can provide your body with energy in the form of caffeine, taurine and B vitamins without having anything sitting in your gut during a workout. Each package comes with two pieces of sugar- and calorie-free gum for 100 milligrams of caffeine. It’s now available in a tasty cinnamon flavor (in addition to mint and fruit).
$18 for 12-pack, Getrungum.com
With the texture and delicious flavor of other gums but without all the junk, this natural chewing gum with a hard shell was a winner. It’s sweetened with Fair Trade cane sugar and brown rice syrup, made with natural chicle (as is Simply Gum) and comes in a recyclable box. Available in multiple flavors such as bubblegum, spearmint and tangerine (taste tester favorite), the only drawback of this non-GMO gum is that the flavor is somewhat short-lived.
$12 for12 boxes, Gleegum.com
More energy chew than gum (note this is the only one on the list that is meant to be swallowed), these sugar-coated gummies taste like candy. Made with only natural flavors and colors, they pack B vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes in addition to 21 grams of carbohydrates and 90 calories per package. They function well for fueling workouts—the coating keeps them from sticking to your teeth or the package.
$1.49, Snapsupercandy.com for stores
The appeal isn’t in the appearance of these gum “pellets”—it’s in the short, all-natural ingredient list (better for you and the environment). Available in six flavors, such as maple, ginger and coffee, Simply Gum comes in a perfect size and texture (bubble blowers will approve). The pleasantly sweet flavor doesn’t last exceptionally long, but you can pop another one guilt-free.