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Old 01-22-19, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by John00 View Post
I eat a lot of unpitted Medjool dates too. I usually take a bag of 8 or so on every ride. ( I only eat a few per ride) They must be near 90% sugar, they're like candy.
You're close; 80%

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_p...ritional_value
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Old 01-23-19, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by John00 View Post
I eat a lot of unpitted Medjool dates too. I usually take a bag of 8 or so on every ride. ( I only eat a few per ride) They must be near 90% sugar, they're like candy.
Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
KISS = pitted Organic Medjool sliced so one long edge is the hinge then slightly cup the halves with fingers then add some Organic NSA Smucker's pb then add a some M&M candies (for the other 20% of sugar ) and close = sugar with added protein in a Ziploc bag
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Old 01-23-19, 06:24 AM
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My two cents is that there's nothing wrong with dried fruit, but you want to be careful not to use the stuff that has added sugar. I do think that fresh (or frozen, where that's palatable) fruit are going to be better nutritionally. They definitely don't have added sugar, and they probably have more of their vitamins and other beneficial phytochemicals intact.
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Old 01-23-19, 08:22 AM
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Here's what I take on my rides. https://thatsitfruit.com/fruit-bars/
They keep all day and taste great. Read the label.
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Old 01-23-19, 08:51 AM
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My memory is foggy (probably in good company in this forum!) but I read some years back that you are better served by eating regular fruit. Energy content is the same and you get a hydration and digestive benefit from the natural moisture in the intact food.
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Old 01-23-19, 09:18 AM
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I'm not sure this is true WRT to say, prunes or raisins, but definitely true as far as store-bought dried bananas ("banana chips") are concerned. I bought a bag of those a while back, and I thought they tasted pretty good. I even considered carrying those on rides, for convenience, instead of regular bananas. Until I looked at the ingredients.

1.) Oil (in which the sliced bananas are fried in)
2.) Sugar
3.) Salt
4.) Banana flavoring (!?)
5.) Preservatives

WTF? I might as well be eating banana-flavored cardboard. Which I essentially was. No wonder those things left my stomach feeling so queasy afterwards. So I'm back to carrying regular bananas, despite the fact they usually get "mooshed" at some point.
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Old 01-23-19, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
I'm not sure this is true WRT to say, prunes or raisins, but definitely true as far as store-bought dried bananas ("banana chips") are concerned. I bought a bag of those a while back, and I thought they tasted pretty good. I even considered carrying those on rides, for convenience, instead of regular bananas. Until I looked at the ingredients.

1.) Oil (in which the sliced bananas are fried in)
2.) Sugar
3.) Salt
4.) Banana flavoring (!?)
5.) Preservatives

WTF? I might as well be eating banana-flavored cardboard. Which I essentially was. No wonder those things left my stomach feeling so queasy afterwards. So I'm back to carrying regular bananas, despite the fact they usually get "mooshed" at some point.
You're buying them from the wrong (chips) isle. See side-caps for more healthy store packaged dried fruit without all the added sugar and preservatives. Also, be advised that dried fruit does concentrate the sugar.
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Old 01-23-19, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
At Costco here, they sell pitted dates. I guess they're not subjected to a drying process. But dates are like dried fruit and tastes good. I don't know about its nutritional value. I'm guessing it has to be pretty good for riders.
I tried a bag of the Costco pitted dates, they weren't nearly as good as the unpited ones I get at Trader Joe's, most were very dry and not very sweet. Much cheaper though, especially with them pitted and dried you get twice as many. I might buy another bag soon.
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Old 01-23-19, 03:27 PM
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How about a food dehydrator and make your own dried foods?

https://www.bikeforums.net/training-...ehydrator.html

Dried oranges have quickly become a regular part of my breakfast.

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Fructose is why fruit is sweet , its a type of sugar... you want bitter fruit ?
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Here's what I take on my rides. https://thatsitfruit.com/fruit-bars/
They keep all day and taste great. Read the label.
Big thumbs up on the ingredients listings.
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Old 01-28-19, 06:39 PM
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+1 on the Larabars. They are the first bar that has enough moisture that I don't feel I am eating sawdust. Th Cherry Pie bar is my favorite...
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Fructose is why fruit is sweet , its a type of sugar... you want bitter fruit ?
I think they call those vegetables....
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Old 01-29-19, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Fructose is why fruit is sweet , its a type of sugar... you want bitter fruit ?
Yes but, you also get the fiber in the fruit.

​​​​​​Thinking moderation is the key.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
How about a food dehydrator and make your own dried foods?

https://www.bikeforums.net/training-...ehydrator.html

Dried oranges have quickly become a regular part of my breakfast.

I've recently done pineapple. Delicious.....
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Raisins/dates in a small zip lock works for me on longer rides. I normally always have banana(s) too. I cycle on an empty stomach with no snacks for rides around 1-1.5 hours to mix things up, and have some fruit, chocolate milk after.

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Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
Yes but, you also get the fiber in the fruit.

​​​​​​Thinking moderation is the key.
Essentially correct, but "moderation" can cover a wide swath. Most fat people don't think they overeat.
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Originally Posted by 5teve View Post
My memory is foggy (probably in good company in this forum!) but I read some years back that you are better served by eating regular fruit. Energy content is the same and you get a hydration and digestive benefit from the natural moisture in the intact food.
When I spent a week backpacking in the backcountry of Glacier National Park, our supplies for the week consisted of a good amount of dried fruit because it's light (and doesn't spoil). My guide told me that one downside to eating a lot of dried fruit is that it can make you constipated due to the lack of moisture.

Before this thread was resurrected, someone mentioned fig bars. When I am on self-contained bike tours I always look for them. They are light and provide energy. And they make good breakfast when I wake up at a campground that's nowhere near a food source.
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Most fat people don't think they overeat.
So true, from what I have read.
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Essentially correct, but "moderation" can cover a wide swath. Most fat people don't think they overeat.
I've spent a lifetime thinking I don't overeat and I've got the excess baggage to prove it.

MyFitnessPal is what keeps me in check now.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
How about a food dehydrator and make your own dried foods?

https://www.bikeforums.net/training-...ehydrator.html

Dried oranges have quickly become a regular part of my breakfast.

That's pretty cool. What does the finished product look like? I am also curious about how long it would remain fresh if stored in a ziplock bag.
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I think dried fruit is a smart idea for longer than normal rides where you may need some extra, quick energy. I also like the idea of possibly including some jerky or nuts to help keep the sugar levels balanced.
Part of the answer depends on what kinds on quantities we are talking about. If we are talking about the equivalent of 1 apple or 1 orange once a week, then even having just fruit should not be a problem at all.
However, if you eat an extra 600 Calories of dried fruit "because you are riding" 6 days a week, then you are probably not helping yourself.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
That's pretty cool. What does the finished product look like? I am also curious about how long it would remain fresh if stored in a ziplock bag.
Fruits and vegetables will keep for months if fully dried and refrigerated.

Here are a few photos. I have not tried animal products yet.

Grapes, pineapple (white), zuchinni and lemon (brown).


Black grapes turned to rasins.


Starfruit, kiwi, tomato.



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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
KISS = pitted Organic Medjool sliced so one long edge is the hinge then slightly cup the halves with fingers then add some Organic NSA Smucker's pb then add a some M&M candies (for the other 20% of sugar ) and close = sugar with added protein in a Ziploc bag
Another KISS approach: dates in ziplock bag along with Smarties or M&M candies and shelled peanuts according to your liking (blanched, salted, etc). Just another version of GORP.

Hey, for KISSv3 just take GORP as traditionally made.
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Old 02-05-19, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
Fig Newtons are a favorite of mine when on tours or long day rides. I ate countless boxes of them this Summer on my XC tour.

Pretty much any dried fruit is good too, but I would rather have fresh fruit in my jersey pocket when possible.
FIG NEWTONS!!!!!!!!

Can`t go wrong with them.

I`ve tried other stuff over the years, but FIG NEWTONS are my favorite. Some other stuff wasn`t as easy on my stomach!
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