Our product development team understands the importance of using high quality ingredients. As an athlete, it’s essential that you know exactly what you’re putting in your body as fuel. We want to make it clear to you which of our products have animal sourced ingredients and which are vegan-friendly.

what does this mean for the vegan athlete?

Some of our vegan-friendly products are manufactured in facilities that share equipment with other non-vegan ingredients. We want to let you know, so you can make the best decision according to your own dietary preference.

Energy Gels weren't always vegan…

In 2015, one of our employees and long-time plant powered athlete posed a question, “why aren’t our Energy Gels vegan?” This question prompted our R&D team to take a closer look at our ingredients, specifically amino acids, which are critical components of our products. One essential amino acid, leucine, is responsible for initiating protein synthesis, the process through which your muscles rebuild and get stronger. There are both plant-sourced and animal-sourced leucine, and many products use the more accessible animal-sourced leucine.

However, our R&D team wasn’t willing to sacrifice quality for convenience, so they worked tirelessly to create a fast dissolving plant-extracted leucine. Now, we can add leucine and make vegan products without compromising performance!

To learn more about the different vocabulary associated with our products, check out our Nutrition Lab glossary here!

Our Plant-powered athletes

We are proud to support plant-powered athletes like pro mountain biker Sonya Looney! To read more about her philosophy on nutrition and fueling, check out her training, racing and nutrition plan.

and Sustainable

Did you know that all of our product wrappers are recyclable? To keep our trash out of landfills (and off of our trails), we’ve made it easy to collect your used packets and upcycle them into to items like Adirondack chairs and bicycle racks. To learn more about our recycling program, check out our partnership with TerraCycle, join our brigade, and get involved!

20 thoughts on “Vegan Energy for Athletes

  1. Super proud to be working with a company that is dedicated to the small things which can have a profound impact. Thank you so much. Cheers, Mike

  2. Thank you for making then compassionate and sustainable choice! GU’s dedication to running a sustainable business is shining light in this world especially for businesses looking for successful models. You and your sustainability director are to be commended for your work to save the animals and the planet! Thank you❤️

    P.S. the Toasted Marshmallow GU is amazing!

  3. I love that GU has products designed for the vegan athlete and appreciate the effort in making recyclable packaging. The world is changing and GU is there at the front, great work!!

  4. I love all the vegan options that Gu has. They go above and beyond in keeping their products sustainable for the planet and they make it easy for me to reach my athletic goals while meeting my ethical requirements.

  5. Is it bad that I’ve eaten the marshmallow GU just watching TV before? They’re delicious!
    Thank you for making them vegan, I appreciate it both on the road and on the couch! 😉

  6. Oh, this is such great news! As a vegan athlete, I am very happy for this announcement. Thank you for making sure that we can use your products and providing options for us!

  7. Thank you so much for this informative article. For a long time it never occurred to me my gels might not be vegan. I was happy to recently learn that they are! I especially appreciate you listing which products are not vegan. I’ll be sharing this information with my plant based athlete friends. Thank you!!

  8. wow, this is great! i greatly appreciate GU doing so much for vegan athletes. knowing how much thought you’ve put into your products means i can trust buying them! thank you!

  9. Thank you for making the effort to make so many of your products vegan. I was never a gel guy until I got ahold of some your Roctane Energy Gels that were donated to the Strong Hearts Vegan Power team last year. After trying those samples, I’ve been hooked ever since! GU rocks!

  10. Thanks so much for having nutrition products specifically for VEGAN athletes! I’ve been vegan for over 10 years and this is very helpful for me when buying endurance fuel.

  11. I was introduced to GU vegan gels when running the Adirondack Ragnar relay race with the Strong Hearts Vegan Power team 3 yrs ago. I want to say thanks to GU for offering tasty vegan choices when you’re running low on fuel out there!! I buy the variety packs online and they’re great for training runs. Thanks!

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