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18-06-2024 | Frank Jansen

Quick bites: the best sports nutrition you can find at the gas station

You're biking and run out of food, so you stop at a gas station. But how useful are those goodies on the shelf for your ride? We break it down for you.

Assorted snacks at a gas station

Dutch 'stroopwafel'

Carbs: 15 g
Fat: 8 g
Protein: 1.5 g

An old Dutch stroopwafel is delicious, but it's not the best sports food. One waffle contains only 15 grams of carbohydrates and too much fat. Final verdict: reasonable.

Haribo Gold Bears (100 grams)

Carbs: 77 g
Fat: 0.5 g
Protein: 7 g

Most sweets are bound with gelatin, which consists of protein, explaining the high protein content. In terms of fast carbohydrates, however, sweets are unbeatable. If you want a sugar boost, indulge in a bag of candy without guilt. Final verdict: reasonable.

Snickers bar

Winegums (100 grams)

Carbs: 75 g
Fat: 0 g
Protein: 5 g

Winegums are slightly less greasy than Haribo candies and also glisten less. They contain less gelatin (and thus less protein), making them a bit more suitable as sports food. Final verdict: good.


Carbs: 30 g
Fat: 12 g
Protein: 4 g

Few things are tastier than a can of Coke and a Snickers after a hunger knock. But is it good for you? The answer is no, mainly because it contains too much fat. This is due to the chocolate and peanuts. Other candy bars like Mars, Lion, and Bounty aren't much better. Final verdict: reasonable.

Magnum Classic icecream

Carbs: 23 g
Fat: 15 g
Protein: 3 g

A nice ice cream on a hot day: nothing can beat that. But it's not very good as sports food. There is far too much fat, and 23 grams of carbohydrates is not much—most gels contain 30 grams. Final verdict: poor.

Cheese sandwich

Carbs: 44 g
Fat: 12 g
Protein: 15 g

Assuming a small white pistolet with one slice of 48+ cheese, without butter. The calculation shows it’s better to eat a pistolet without cheese than with it. The cheese adds no carbs but does add protein and 9 grams of fat. The white pistolet, on the other hand, adds 44 grams of carbohydrates. Final verdict: poor.

Chips (small bag 40 g, natural)

Carbs: 20 g
Fat: 13 g
Protein: 2.5 g

After all those sweet sports foods, something savory is delicious. But even natural chips are not good as sports food. A small bag has few carbs and a lot of fat. On the positive side, there's a lot of salt, which can be beneficial on very hot days. Final verdict: poor.

Conclusion: If you're looking for something to eat, it's best to grab some winegums! What's your favorite food at the gas station? Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for episode 2: the liquid edition!

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