Originally Posted by bikebottles
I am tired of gels and sports drinks for sustained energy while cycling moderate to steep hills and have switched to dried fruit (most with added sugar).
I have read that the fructose in fruit isn't immediately useful to the muscles. Am I shorting myself on some energy doing this?
It could be a good experiment. But . . . two things:
1) "Dried fruit" = your body needs to rehydrate the fruit. This is not normally work you want to give your body when climbing, and it will contribute to dehydration. (So perhaps better to hydrate the fruit before the ride to address this.)
2) Digestion = solid foods (and especially uncooked foods) take longer and more energy to digest. So you are also taking energy away from your legs and other muscles to digest dried fruit.
Fresh fruit in a smoothie drink would seem to be the best to me.
(Suggestion: Try chia seeds. Hydrate them first. They carry approximately 9 times their weight in water when hydrated, so this can also be a source of keeping you hydrated during a long climb/ride.)