Research has shown that strategically eating on the run can help stave off muscle cramps and gives runners a boost of energy, especially during the first half of a long run.
But not all snacks will help us – some of the so called energy bars are often fortified with chemicals and additives.
Now there’s a new sweet called Good Good Stuff which I was asked to sample. It contains only natural fruit and vegetable juices and concentrates.
According to recent findings, up to nine gummy sweets provide 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates required for optimum endurance during a one-hour run.
Seven pieces of Goody Good Stuff Sour Fruit Salad will give you 30 grams of carbohydrates, but zero fat and cholesterol.
It’s also been hailed as good refuel by some athletes including Diane Modahl, a former middle distance runner and the 1990 Commonwealth Games 800m gold medal winner.
I personally found them quite tasty but as I prefer to eat natural at least 90% of the time, I would only eat them once in a blue moon.
But not everyone follows my cavegirl ways, so if you’re looking for a sweet treat that is gluten, fat, meat, soya, nut and dairy free, then these are the sweets for you.
They come in eight varieties and are also suitable for those following halal, kosher or vegetarian diets.
Goody Good Stuff natural, gelatine-free sweets are now available on the high street at Holland & Barrett, Booths and Waitrose, and available online at Amazon.