Torq Bar has been painstakingly formulated to produce a food that is ultra-high in carbohydrate, very low in fat and with ingredients wide-ranging in glycemic index for immediate and sustained glucose release. All too often energy bars are dry and difficult to eat – and those that aren’t contain far too much fat. TORQ bars are delicious, moist and chewy, containing just 1 gram of fat per bar, and packed with usable carbohydrate. This makes it the perfect food and fuel choice before, during and after exercise.
We have also improved the TORQ bar recipe, so that they have a subtle crunch, richer flavor and are moister and easier to eat than ever before. The new TORQ bars are also now officially Fairtrade, which guarantees farmers in the developing world a fair price for their crop.
Each TORQ Bar contains just over 30 g of carbohydrate. This is the same carb content as 1 serving (33 g mixed with 500 mL of water) of TORQ Energy or 1 TORQ Gel. TORQ Bar’s unique blend of maltodextrin and fructose syrup maximizes ‘available’ carbohydrate*.
Athletes ‘need’ a food with ingredients wide-ranging in glycemic index for immediate and sustained release of glucose into the bloodstream. TORQ Bar has been carefully formulated to include ingredients with low, moderate and high glycemic indices for this purpose.
Ribose is natural sugar present within every living cell of the body and is used to manufacture ATP (the energy currency of the cell) from scratch. Whilst the body can manufacture its own ribose from glucose, this requires energy and is a very slow process. Supplementing with ribose simply bypasses this course of action, quickly re-building cellular ATP and returning muscle energy levels to normal.
What is ATP?
Every cell in your body contains ATP (adinosine triphosphate), an energy-rich compound that provides virtually all the energy needed to function on a second-by-second basis. When ATP is broken down into ADP + Pi (adinosine diphosphate + inorganic phosphate) energy is released and this is used to power all our bodily functions. Naturally then, it is the breakdown of ATP within the cells of the working muscles that provides the energy for exercise. Without it you wouldn’t be going anywhere!
It is through the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein that ADP + Pi is reformed to make ATP. This ATP is then available to be used for muscular contraction. As the muscle uses it, once again it will break down to ADP + Pi and so it goes on. When exercising, this cycle rapidly and continually takes place in order to satisfy the substantial turnover of energy required.
Research has shown that after maximal high load exercise, the pools of ATP and ADP + Pi in skeletal muscle cells are reduced by as much as 20-28 percent. The mechanisms behind this are rather complex and involve the loss of a compound called AMP (adinosine monophosphate). However, the net effect is that the overall pools of ATP and ADP + Pi within each cell is reduced, which seriously limits their energy potential. It doesn’t matter how much carbohydrate you ram into your body, if these nucleotide levels are low, you’re not going to have the raw materials available to produce power effectively. To further compound the problem, once AMP has left the cell, there’s no getting it back and so ATP and ADP + Pi levels will remain low, perhaps sinking further if another high intensity bout of exercise is experienced.
Why supplement with ribose?
Whilst all living cells contain ribose, there is not enough in the food we eat to re-stock energy levels. Ribose in meat is predominantly lost through the cooking process and there are insufficient quantities of the nutrient in plant foodstuffs to have any effect. Add to this the fact that it can take many days for the body to synthesize its own ribose from glucose and the benefits of supplementing with this nutrient become clear. Supplemental ribose is very quickly absorbed into the bloodstream with much of this absorption occurring before it is even swallowed. Once in the muscle cell itself, ribose can be very quickly transformed into ATP.
Athletes ‘need’ a food that is ultra low in fat to guarantee rapid digestion and minimize the intake of ineffective calories. TORQ Bar contains only 1 g of fat per bar. Check the fat content of other energy bars on the market.
Athletes ‘need’ a food that is easy to eat, or they won’t eat enough of it to derive the benefits. There are too many dry energy bars out there, making it difficult to supply sufficient carbohydrate calories – the ones that aren’t dry tend to contain too much fat. TORQ Bar is delightfully moist and chewy, yet it remains ultra low in fat and high in carbohydrate. Not to mention, our TORQ Bars can be eaten with only one hand (other hand on the handlebars, or wherever you deem it necessary to put that hand), and with a quick squeeze and popping of the bag with the mouth, the end opens and the bar pushes out.
Active people also ‘need’ a food that tastes so good that they choose to snack on it in preference to high fat, less effective alternatives. Some energy bars are encapsulated with chocolate to entice the customer into buying. Many of these bars taste great, but you can’t coat a bar with chocolate and keep it low in fat. Therefore the product becomes compromised and less effective in supplying useful energy. The careful formulation and preparation of TORQ Bar has ensured a delicious deep flavor, with a mouth-feel more commonly associated with a higher fat food.
Like the energy drink and gels, TORQ Bars are random-tested for the presence of substances listed on the WADA ‘banned’ list by an independent laboratory under ISO17025.