I would have never thought that consuming a gel would be an enjoyable experience. I’ve always thought of it as a necessarily evil–you need energy, so you down some gel and go. Then came Hüma.

When I tried Hüma’s Apples & Cinnamon flavored Chia Energy Gel, I had to remind myself that I was slurping up gel and not some sort of dessert. The texture wasn’t unbearably gooey, the taste didn’t seem processed in the least, and there was no terrible aftertaste. Every preconceived notion about energy gel I’d had was thrown out the window and I was left happily consuming my Hüma gel as I marveled at the taste.

Then I looked into the ingredients and mission of Hüma and it all made sense. For starters, the only ingredients in Hüma’s Apples & Cinamon Energy Gel are Apple Puree, Evaporated Cane Juice, Filtered Water, Brown Rice Syrup, Ground Chia Seeds, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, and Cinnamon. No preservatives, no added flavors, just natural ingredients. And it’s clear that a lot of thought went into what ingredients would yield the best benefits. The Cane Juice and Brown Rice Syrup are used because Hüma believes that a 2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose will increase the carbohydrate absorption of the body. Together, the two ingredients provide this ratio. Ground Chia Seeds are used because of their high antioxidant and protein content, as well as the fact that they have 25% soluble fiber, meaning that they modulate carbohydrate absorption, preventing sugar spikes and releasing energy steadily.

My only qualm was with the 16 grams of sugar per 100 calorie serving, but Hüma has both a short and long answer for this. In short, they say that their gel only technically has more sugar than other energy gels. Essentially, they say that the nutritious, real food alternatives of cane juice and brown rice syrup must be labeled as “sugar”, while other gels use maltodextrin which doesn’t count as a “sugar” but is still a simple carbohydrate.

All in all, Hüma is a win-win in my opinion. You get great taste and great benefits, without the drawbacks of unnatural or processed ingredients. Perhaps slurping down some Huma energy gel before your next race can turn your next traithlon into a win, too.