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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.

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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 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 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 - 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
  • Candy for your run/ride!
    Overview
    Posted by Jared on 6/2/2014
    I have been using GU for a couple of years now. Peanut butter used to be my favorite flavor, but now Salted Caramel take the cake. Unlike other gels, these actually taste GREAT!!! Sometimes I almost feel guilty eating it because it tastes SOOO good. These gels have helped me too many times to count, I now train with them along with the Roctane Energy Drink. My runs are getting longer and I am getting faster. I would recommend these for any athlete that needs that extra push during endurance workouts.
  • Energy Gel that is Second to None
    Overview
    Posted by Kellen on 5/30/2014
    I first tried GU a few years back when I began rowing and I can honestly say I think it was one of the best nutritional decisions I could have made. Not only are there so many great tasting flavors to choose from, but it provides me with the right amount of energy, whether I am doing a workout or racing. Sits well in my stomach and the caffeine is a great addition. While I will be a customer either way, new flavors are always welcome!
  • Suprisingly Delicious
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    Posted by Janet on 5/26/2014
    I absolutely love our Gu gels. My favorite thing to do is to throw a few in the fridge to get a little bit of a chewier texture for our workouts - not only are they just as delicious, they stay cool against my back for the first portion of my run. Our favorite flavors so far are the Mandarin Orange and the Lemon Sublime... don't know what we'd do without our Gu!
  • Quick way to refuel with no gut ache.
    Overview
    Posted by fisher on 5/24/2014
    After finishing the first leg of a team Duathlon, I needed something to refuel before my next leg. I only had roughly 50 minutes to replenish and digest so I had part of a GU. I ran the second leg faster than the first and had no gut ache. I finished off the GU to refuel after the race. Worked out perfectly.
  • Best Gel out there
    Overview
    Posted by Brad on 5/22/2014
    These are now my favorite gels. I just tried the mandarin orange one the other day at a race and it is great! I have used cliff gels before, but these are 10 times better. The cliff ones were too thick.
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
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    Posted by PAK6669 on 5/19/2014
    By far my favorite flavor! Just wish more places sold the salted caramel. It literally tastes like a caramel topping for ice-cream. The saltiness and sweet combined are awesome!
  • Good stuff!
    Overview
    Posted by Shawna on 5/12/2014
    I never thought I would, but I LOVE the salted caramel. I also LOVED the peppermint stick and wish they would bring it back. Mint chocolate is a close 3rd. I've taped salted caramel and chocolate together to get a hit of both on a long run- tasty combo.
  • Amazing
    Overview
    Posted by Brad on 5/8/2014
    I had a lemon lime flavored one and it was great. Definitely felt like it gave a boost during my ride.
  • Easy and Convenient
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    Posted by Michael on 5/8/2014
    I used these on a 60+ mile bike ride and they were easy to store in my jersey and even easier to drink while I was on the bike! Great for anyone who is into fitness.
  • Salted Caramel - the best
    Overview
    Posted by Nowar99 on 4/27/2014
    My wife got me some salted caramel for my christmas stocking, and I've been hooked (bought a bunch of it to get me through Ironman Boulder. Great stuff. Now, if only I can find some more Peppermint Stick to repay the favor to her.

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