facts: GQ-6 has approximately twice the percentage of simple
sugars but less than half the energy (carb calories) compared to e-Fuel.
e-Fuel on the other hand has 3 times as many complex carbs for sustained
energy without blood sugar spikes (read more about
why complex carbs are
preferred to simple sugars)
all natural with
NO artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners and costs about 30% less
than GQ-6 Hydration Base.
Maltodextrin is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and
as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Fuel as well as most other good
products on the market. GQ-6 is 50% simple sugars. The danger of high sugar content products
is that they
can elevate your blood sugar level too far too fast which can lead to a
sugar crash (also known as bonking). Higher sugar content also raises the
osmolality of the product which can reduce energy delivery, delay fluid
absorption and promote dehydration.
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e-Fuel is designed to provide complete and
balanced electrolyte replacement that is critical for proper hydration and
to avoid muscle cramping and injuries. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Fuel are
designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation
for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.
The Citrates in e-Fuel assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as
reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.
e-Fuel is one of the few sports drinks on the market that contains antioxidant vitamins C and E
to help protect against tissue damage,
reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.
Neither GQ-6 or e-Fuel contain protein but there is a lot of mis-information
that has been published regarding the benefits of protein in your sports
Protein has to go through a digestive process which draws blood away from
working muscles to the stomach and intestines. When you are competing in an
aerobic activity you want as much blood as possible supplied to your muscles
carrying fresh oxygen for the energy conversion process. Consequently,
independent studies have found no
benefit of protein in a sports drink. Save the protein for your recovery
drink. See the following article from the
American College of Sports Medicine for a more complete discussion:
*The nutritional information shown above for
GQ-6 Hydration Base is for an 8 oz serving as published March 2017 based
on one scoop per 24 ounce serving. The manufacturer's recommended use is
1 scoop for 16-24 oz of water. If you choose to mix it at the stronger
strength (1 scoop per 16 oz, then the above numbers would all be 50%
higher). Please refer to the
manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent
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