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High 5 Energy Source - 2200g

High 5 Energy Source - 2200g
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Manufacturer: High 5
Product Code: HI5006
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High 5 Energy Source 2.2kg

High 5 Energy Source is a concentrated carbohydrate drink mix, designed to provide maximum sustained energy and based on High 5's 2:1 Fructose formula that can help you absorb more carbohydrate per hour than normal sports drinks. Based on 2:1 maltodextrin to fructose carbohydrate formula which research has shown enables the body to process more a greater volume of carbohydrates per hour and therefore deliver more energy to the working muscles by combinging carbohydrate sources.

This 2.2kg tub will make 47 servings when mixed at High 5's recommended concentration (47g per 500ml serving)

Manufacturer's Description

EnergySource is a new generation sports drink for use during exercise. It contains a carbohydrate formulation of maltodextrin and fructose in a ratio of 2:1 and key electrolytes. Many of the world’s leading event organisers and Pro athletes choose award-winning EnergySource for success in the toughest endurance events.

Research suggests that you should consume a maximum of 60g carbohydrate per hour from traditional sports drinks.  The recommended intake for new generation Energy Source with 2:1 fructose can be substantially higher, at up to 90 gram per hour. The ingredients in EnergySource help sustain performance during tough endurance events and help maintain hydration by enhancing the absorption of water.

The electrolyte level in EnergySource should be adequate for most race conditions. However, when sweat rates are very high, we recommend adding a High5 ZERO Neutral tab to every 500ml of EnergySource to boost the electrolyte content further.

  • Suitable for beginner to pro athlete
  • Latest generation sports drink with 2:1 fructose
  • Recommended consumption up to 90g of this carbohydrate mix per hour
  • Carbohydrates with electrolytes for maintaining endurance performance*
  • Helps maintain hydration during exercise
  • Race proven in the World’s toughest events
  • Light tasting and refreshing
  • With natural flavours. No artificial colours, preservatives or sweeteners
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Usage Recommendations

For Normal Use - Add 2.5 scoops of powder to 500ml of water. Aim to drink one to two bottles each hour when training or racing.

Endurance Racing - The maximum amount of carbohydrate your body can absord from traditional sports drinks is limited to 60 grams per hour. 2:1 fructose formula drinks can be absorbed at a much higher rate than this - typically upto 90 grams per hour. This extra carbohydrate fuels your working muscles and can give you a real performance advantage. 90 grams per hour is equivalent to two 500ml/47g servings.


Available in citrus, orange, tropical and summer fruits flavours

Alternative Pack Sizes

As well as this 2.2kg tub High 5 Energy Source is also available in these pack sizes -

Nutritional Information

High 5 Energy Source Energy Drink nutritional information per 500 ml serving -

  • Energy - 180kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 45g (16g sugars)
  • Fat - 0g
  • Fibre - 0g
  • Sodium - 0.3g


High 5 Energy Source Energy Drink All Flavours - Maltodextrin, fructose, natural flavours (spray dried fruit juice), citric acid, tri sodium citrate, sodium chloride, potassium citrate.

Allergen & Dietary Information

Press Reviews

Triathlon Plus

The High5 ‘tropical samba’ flavour is predominately orange and is very drinkable, despite being slightly sweeter than average. It contains natural flavouring from a range of fruits – perhaps High5 just use a lot of orange. The powder doesn’t dissolve well initially but will disappear after extended shaking. Having used EnergySource before during stage races we know that it performs well, and our testers commented on how easy it is to drink.Verdict: 4/5

Cycling Weekly

"High 5 brands its two-to-one (maltodextrin and fructose) formulation as Super Carbs so any product with that branding uses dual source carbohydrates. Energy Source is its key product on the two-to-one range with a caffeinated drink also available.

For rapid hydration and fast fuelling, this is a great product for regular training and competition. Backed as it is by High 5's money back guarantee that you will see performance improvements if you use the product correctly, there is definitely no reason not to try this product"

Source: 2:1 Energy Drinks, Cycling Weekly Magazine, March 2012


According to the High5 website and other publicity material, Energy Source can help you: 'Go 26% further at the same speed' and provide '15% more power over 40 miles', both with 'no additional training and overnight improvement'. Information on the website gives more details on the science and independent studies that back up these claims.

So where do these improvements come from? According to the boffins at High5, it's all to do with the proportion of glucose and fructose used in this drink. Whereas many energy products deliver the carbohydrate you need in the form of glucose alone (or with a dash of fructose), Energy Source delivers glucose and fructose in a 2:1 ratio.

Of course, not everyone will see these improvements (for a start, it's not just a case of necking a few bottles of drink any old time - in an accompanying Nutrition Guide booklet, High5 advise on exactly how and when to drink Energy Source before and during exercise), but I have used this drink on a lot of long rides and sportives, and I can say it definitely works for me - although whether I'm increasing distance or power by the percentages stated I just don't know.

And yes, it could be other factors that help me go well, but I would still highly recommend trying Energy Source, to see if helps improve your own performance.

The taste is sweet but not too sticky, and the available flavours ('fresh citrus', tropical, orange and 'summer fruits') are pretty refreshing too, so it helps you stay hydrated - another simple way to improve performance. The ingredients also include sodium and potassium - two of the key minerals required to replace those you lose via sweat.

As with all nutrition products, it's important to sample Energy Source on a training ride first rather than an important race or sportive, just in case it doesn't agree with you.

Source: Road.cc High 5 2:1 Energy Source Review - April 2012

Functional Sports Nutrition Magazine

Energy Source 2:1 was the first sports drink to contain 2:1 fructose. This has been shown to provide substantially more carbohydrate carbohydrate to the working muscles than when compared to a "traditional" sports drink - up from 60g per hour up to around 90 gram with Energy Source 2:1. This extra carbohydrate fuels your working muscles to provide a real performance advantage. Energy Source 2:1 has also demonstrated superior fluid delivery and it's exceptionally easy on the stomach. If your aim is to finish an endurance challenge with a smile on your face or get a race PB, then Energy Source 2:1 can help you like never before.

Source: Functional Sports Nutrition Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012


Most energy products deliver the carbohydrate you need in the form of glucose alone (or with a dash of fructose), but your body can absorb only a limited amount of carbo this way - usually around 50g to 60g per hour, depending on your weight, age and other similar factors. High 5 say that fructose can deliver more carbohydrate to the muscles, in addition to that provided by the glucose. Put in the simplest layman’s terms, the fructose goes in another way, bypassing the mechanism that usually limits carbo intake to 50/60g per hour. The end result: you can increase your carbo intake by up to 50%, meaning up to 75g or even 90g per hour, according to High 5. And that means you can go faster, or further, or both.

A good-value and effective energy drink that could definitely help improve performance if used correctly as part of a broader training and nutrition programme.

Source: Road.cc High 5 Energy Source Review - August 2010


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