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e-Gel vs.
GU Energy Gel


Advantage e-Gel:

 - about half the sugar (no sugar crash)
 - more complex carbohydrates
 - four times electrolytes (avoid cramping and injuries)
 - thinner consistency (easier to get down)
 - more economical
  
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e-Gel

GU

 Carbohydrates

  Calories 150 100
  Total Carbs 37 g 22 g
  Complex Carbs 30 g 15 g
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Fructose
Maltodextrin
Fructose
  Sugars 18% 32%
  Maltodextrin (a complex carbohydrate from corn) is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Gel as well as most other good products on the market. e-Gel contains twice as much complex carbohydrates compared to GU and about half the 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). read more

 Electrolytes    
  Sodium 230 mg 60 mg
  Potassium 85 mg 45 mg
  Electrolytes are critical to maintain hydration and to avoid cramping and injuries. e-Gel is the ONLY energy gel that is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement. e-Gel has approximately 4  times the amount of sodium and double potassium compared to GU. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Gel are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.

 Fat None up to 2g
  Studies have shown that fat should not be in nutritional products that are consumed during intense athletic activity because it has to go through a slow digestive process that draws blood and oxygen away from working muscles. As such, all flavors of e-Gel are fat-free. All flavors of GU now contain sunflower oil (this is a change as the original flavors of GU used to be fat free). The Chocolate Outrage and Mint Chocolate flavors contain additional fat up of to 2 grams. For current fat content in GU flavors, refer to their web site or product packaging.
     

 Amino Acids    
  Histidine  
  Leucine
  Valine
  Isoleucine
  Amino acids help to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery

 Citrates    
  Sodium Citrate
  Potassium Citrate
  Citric Acid
  Citrates assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.

 Antioxidants    
  Vitamin E 120% 100%
  Vitamin C 120% 100%
  Antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.

 Other Ingredients    
  Vitamin B6 10% 0%
  e-Gel is the only energy gel to include vitamin B6 which assists in the energy conversion process.
  Caffeine none some flavors
  While caffeine may give a temporary mental boost, unfortunately it is a diuretic, meaning that it causes your kidneys to produce more urine - thus promoting dehydration. Proper hydration is critical to optimum performance, and in our opinion caffeine should not be incorporated into your sports nutrition program. Our recommendation has always been that if you feel that you NEED caffeine, then only use a caffeinated product (there are plenty on the market) near the end of your competition when you need the psychological boost the most and there is little time to cause dehydration. We strongly recommend against relying on a caffeinated product for the duration of the competition. None of e-Gel's flavors contain caffeine. Some GU flavors have caffeine, for current flavors and ingredients refer to their website.
  Sunflower Oil none yes
  Allergies:
If you are allergic to ragweed and related plants: Sunflower oil (contained in GU but not e-Gel) may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking sunflower oil. This information is directly from WebMD click to read

 Pricing
  Retail Price $1.59 $1.45
  Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.45
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  a pack of e-Gel has 50% more energy than a pack of GU making e-Gel 37% less expensive on a per calorie basis.

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GU Recently Changed The Formula
The original GU contained 25 grams of carbohydrate of which 5 grams were simple sugars, so you got 100 calories with 80% complex carbs and 20% simple sugars. Now a pack of GU only contains 22 grams of carbohydrate and they increased the simple sugars to 7 grams for a total of 32% ... so you get less energy but 60% more sugars! That's not a good thing in our opinion (click to see why not). With the formula change all flavors of GU now contain fat in the form of sunflower oil.







 


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The nutritional information shown above for GU is for a single serving packet of their Vanilla Bean flavor as published February 2015. Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.


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