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GU Energy Gel

GU provides athletes with a shot of 100 calories in the form of a patented carbohydrate blend (70%-80% maltodextrin and 30-20% fructose) to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. GU also includes electrolytes to ensure proper hydration, an antioxidant blend to stave off muscle tissue damage and an amino acid blend to delay muscle fatigue.

Everything inside each packet of GU is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential requirements it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don't have to slow down.

Price:

Box of 24 gel packets - $31.50
Box of 8 gel packets - $11.60

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Usage

Both GU Energy Gel and our new Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel pack 100 calories into every packet. 100 calories is an ideal serving size to suck down 15 minutes before training or racing in order to top off your electrolyte and glucose stores, followed by one every 30-45 minutes along the way, washed down with a few sips of fluid.

For optimum results, always drink at least 24-30 ounces of fluid per hour during training and racing. Exact GU intake depends on the intensity of your pursuit and your body weight and fitness level. The fitter you are and the more efficient your metabolism, the more GU you can eat each hour, up to approximately 340 calories every 60 minutes.

Combine GU with Roctane Ultra Endurance Gel, GU Electrolyte Brew and GU Recovery Brew for the ultimate in sports hydration, fueling and recovery. Take one gel 15 minutes before training or competition and then one gel every 30-45 minutes during exercise. Drink Electrolyte Brew throughout your training or racing, and drink Recovery Brew within 30 minutes after you’ve stopped.

FAQ

There are only 100 calories per packet, yet I burn through 100 calories in 10 minutes. Shouldn’t I eat more than one every 30-45 minutes?

We limited GU to 100 calories because, in general, the body can digest roughly 350 calories per hour during exercise. If you tried to eat more, the body would divert blood from your muscles— say “buh-bye” to a personal record—to handle the excess food. If your metabolism is slow, then one GU every 45 minutes works fine. If you have an athlete’s metabolism, try ingesting one GU every 30 minutes and see if it agrees with you.

How do you eat GU?

Rip open the top and squeeze the entire packet into your mouth—don’t save half of it for later. GU’s recipe of carbohydrates and amino acids was created to be taken in one shot to provide you with maximum benefits.

How should you use GU to help you recover from hard training or racing?

When you stop, go ahead and eat a pack of GU, even if it’s been less than 30 minutes from your last GU shot. Now that you’ve stopped exercising, your stomach can handle those calories and needs them to start restoring your muscle glycogen—essentially the body’s instant fuel reservoirs.

Can I use GU for a strength workout or even yoga?

Sure. While GU was designed for endurance sports, it can be used anytime you need energy to fuel a workout. It can also serve as a 100-calorie pick-me-up if you’re dragging or simply need a snack to carry you through until your next meal.

How does the caffeine in GU help me?

GU energy gel comes in both caffeinated and non-caffeinated flavors. Strawberry Banana and Lemon Lime do not have any caffeine in them. Orange, Vanilla, Chocolate, Triberry and Plain all have 20mg of caffeine per packet. GU’s Espresso Love flavor has 40mg of caffeine. Caffeine consumption during exercise improves performance in several ways: it sharpens focus and perks you up; but more importantly, it helps the body produce more power, reduce the pain of hard efforts, and may even tap fat for fuel during exercise. All of this prolongs your ability to exercise at a high intensity. We use just enough caffeine to jump start this benefit and no more.

Does GU freeze?

Yes, but well below zero. It does thicken in cold weather, so keep GU close to your body to keep it warm.

How long does GU take to work?

The fructose converts quickly into an energy molecule that your muscles can tap within minutes. The maltodextrin, which makes up 70-80% of the carbohydrate blend (depending on flavor), takes several minutes longer. Because of this delay, your muscles enjoy a steady stream of energy instead of one gigantic sugar rush and a corresponding crash.

Is GU safe for children?

Yes, if they’re playing sports, on a hike or just being active, GU will help kids just as much as it helps you. You’d probably want to keep them away from the flavors that contain caffeine; no need to make them more hyperactive.

Can my dog eat GU?

We don’t recommend it. Maltodextrin is corn-based and corn is not recommended for dogs—many are actually allergic to corn.

Is GU Energy Gel Kosher?

GU Energy Gel, Roctane, GU Electrolyte Brew, and GU Recovery Brew are all certified Kosher. Chomps are not.

Ingredients / Nutrition

GU Energy Gel Caramel Macchiato - Box of 24

INGREDIENTS: Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Natural Flavors, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, d-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract.

GU Energy Gel Caramel Macchiato

GU Energy Gel Salted Caramel - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Histidine, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Fumaric Acid, Isoleucine, Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

20mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Salted Caramel nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Chocolate Peanut Butter - Box of 8

INGREDIENTS: Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt), Organic Cocoa Liquor, Leucine, Sea Salt, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Valine, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Histidine, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Calcium Chloride, Fumaric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), d-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pectin Powder, Isoleucine, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract. 20mg of caffeine

GU Energy Chocolate Peanut Butter

GU Energy Gel Salted Watermelon - Box of 8

INGREDIENTS: Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Histidine, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), d-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fumaric Acid, Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract. 20 mg of caffeine

GU Energy Salted Watermelon

GU Energy Gel Root Beer - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, d-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract.

GU Energy Gel Root Beer

GU Energy Gel - Mixed Box - Box of 24

Not sure what flavor you want to try or looking for some diversity. Well you've come to the right place. In the Mixed Box you'll find at least 2 each of most of the Original flavors. We do mix it up once in a while so don't be surprised if you get something special.

The Mixed Box is a great way to try all the great gel flavors.

GU Original Energy Gel
Vanilla Bean 
Chocolate Outrage
Tri-Berry
Espresso Love
Strawberry Banana
Jet Blackberry
Mandarin Orange
Lemon Sublime

See Individual Flavors for nutrition info.

GU Energy Gel Peanut Butter - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt), Leucine, Potassium Citrate, Valine, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Histidine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Fumaric Acid, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pectin Powder, Isoleucine, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract.

Contains: Peanut

No caffeine

GU Energy Gel Peanut Butter nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Vanilla Bean - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, Natural Flavor, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Fumaric Acid, Isoleucine, Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

20mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Vanilla Bean nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Chocolate Outrage - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Unsweetened Chocolate (processed with alkali), Leucine, Potassium Citrate, Valine, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Histidine, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Calcium Chloride, Fumaric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pectin Powder, Isoleucine, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract.

Gluten-free.

20mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Chocolate Outrage nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Tri-Berry - Box of 24

:  Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fumaric Acid, Gellan Gum, Malic Acid, Isoleucine, Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

20mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Tri-Berry nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Strawberry Banana - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Malic Acid, Histidine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Fumaric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Pectin Powder, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

No Caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Strawberry Banana nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Espresso Love - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Natural Flavor, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine),  Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Fumaric Acid, Isoleucine, Malic Acid, Pectin Powder, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

40mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Espresso Love nutrition info

Mandarin Orange

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Fumaric Acid, Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Oleoresin Paprika (Natural Color), Pectin Powder, Chamomile Extract, Ginger Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

20mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Mandarin Orange nutrition info

GU Energy Gel Lemon Sublime - Box of 24

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Fumaric Acid, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Isoleucine, Natural Flavor, Pectin Powder, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract.

Gluten-free. Dairy-free.

No Caffeine

GU Energy Gel Lemon Sublime nutrition info

Just Plain

Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, Leucine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Valine, Sea Salt, Histidine, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Green Tea (Leaf) Extract (Contains Caffeine), D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gellan Gum, Fumaric Acid, Isoleucine, Pectin Powder, Ginger Extract, Chamomile Extract.

20mg of caffeine.

GU Energy Gel Just Plain nutrition info

Reviews
  • Did it's job
    Overview
    Posted by David on 8/5/2013
    Ok, the flavor on this one was not the best (that could just be my taste). As with other GU gells that I have tried it performed as advertised. I probably will not get this flavor again but would always advise to go with the GU brand!
  • Fantastic
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    Posted by David on 8/5/2013
    This was the second energy gell I have tried and was much better than the first brand. Consistency was much better, less stick to the top of your mouth and make you want to drink a gallon of water. The Flavor was about as I expected from an item like this, not great but not bad. Where it was fantastic was in the performance of the gel, I felt great for my whole ride after following the recommended use. All in all I would definitely recommend this to others.
  • Great 1st choice!
    Overview
    Posted by Michael on 7/14/2013
    These were the first gels that I tried, and I haven't even bothered to buy other brands because these work so well. They're almost exactly the same consistency and even taste of pudding. The chocolate outrage and vanilla bean are easily mistakable for pudding in a blind taste test. Not a big fan of the caffeine in some of the flavors, but it is what it is. I like Vanilla Bean and Orange the best, but all are pretty good. Make sure you use water to wash it down though- made that mistake on my first 2+ hour run with 4 of these gels. Learned my lesson though. For some reason I expected these to be slightly larger in size and slightly drier/pastier, but that was just a preconceived notion I had. Over all a great product, I order/consume a box of 24 in a bout a week.
  • Espresso Gu
    Overview
    Posted by Christopher on 7/13/2013
    Recently had an opportunity to try the Espresso flavor, and along with my continued use of Jet Blackberry, I have added another favorite in my arsenal of great gels. Thanks!
  • Perfect Training Gel!!!
    Overview
    Posted by Jessica on 6/13/2013
    I have been using Gu gels since I started running in March 2013. I tried a couple of other brand but found Gu to be the best tasting and made me feel better while training. I have ran 2 half marathon and just completed my first marathon in April. My favorite flavor is chocolate outrage. I can never get tired of that flavor. I like that it has a kick of caffeine as well. I highly recommend Gu gels for training.
  • great to use for long runs!
    Overview
    Posted by Anna on 6/13/2013
    I have used GU energy gel for all of my half-marathons. It gives me that extra energy I need to power through those last few miles. The strawberry banana and the jet blackberry are very tasty!
  • Staying Strong since 1998
    Overview
    Posted by Red Panda on 6/12/2013
    I have been a Tri-Berry fan for the past two decades. Strawberry Banana is a tasty second and Just Plain is just as described. Easy to eat and store. Adding a litter leash would be helpful for quick mid race post use stashing.
  • Great gel for running!
    Overview
    Posted by Jake on 6/10/2013
    I've been running for a few years now and just ran my first full marathon with the help of Gu! Started using it around my first half marathon a year ago and won't look back. Have tried a lot of other gels but this is the go to for me. Jet Blackberry's my favorite but all are good. Not a huge fan of the Peppermint Stick though. Would recommend!
  • Great Product, Great taste
    Overview
    Posted by Jeremy on 6/9/2013
    I have been using GU Energy Gel for quite sometime as fuel during intensive circuit weight and cardio-training as well as during tennis matches. I find that they taste great and go down smoothly. I appreciate the research that has gone into the ingredient combination of the product.
  • Great addition to my training
    Overview
    Posted by Johnny on 6/7/2013
    I wasn't sure if these energy gels were all they were cracked up to be until I tried them. Easy on the stomach, tasty and a good source to sustain energy during longer workouts. Helped me break into the double digit distances in my running. Mixed with a little water in a nutrition flask or straight out of the pack, they are great!

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