Sport beans performed as well as gels and sport drinks in a simulated 10K cycle race following an endurance ride, and significantly better than water alone.
Summary of the study:
16 healthy non-smoking, male and female cyclists and triathletes participated in the study and varied between the ages of 23 and 45.
The participants completed a series of four 10-kilometer time trials while ingesting one of three different kinds of carbohydrate supplements (including Sport Beans) or water alone.
The athletes achieved 32-38 second faster times in the trial with Sport Beans rather than water alone.
In addition, the athletes completed the time trials with the highest average "power output" with Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans.
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Reference: Campbell C., Prince D., Braun M., Applegate E., & Casazza G.A.
Carbohydrate-Supplement Form and Exercise Performance. International Journal Spot Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 18:179-190, 2008