A couple months ago @Coach_Theia had Tom Dumoulin (if I am remembering right!) on Chat and Chill and he said he ate his electrolytes instead of drinking them. He mentioned that drinking electrolytes could upset the stomach and suppress appetite making it more difficult to keep fueled on the bike.
I’d been adding a very low sugar electrolyte to my water for longer rides and have noticed that up to 50 miles or so I have no problems but the longer I ride, the more I have to force myself to eat because everything made me want to barf.
Since I heard Tom, I have been experimenting. I stopped adding electrolytes to my water and have made sure my ride food was much more varied and high in electrolytes. Since then I’ve not had any stomach issues, have actually found myself getting hungry at the tail ends of long rides, and have felt generally pretty good.
Does anyone else eat their electrolytes? And, maybe this is an @cullenac question, how do I know if I am not getting enough electrolytes? (I am a moderately salty sweater)