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EFS Liquid Shot Gel Comparison

e-Gel vs
GU Energy Gel

Advantage e-Gel:
First Endurance EFS Liquid Shot Gel is fairly new to the market and is improvement in some areas over many traditional gels, but it still comes up far short of e-Gel in terms of electrolyte levels and carbohydrate sources.
EFS Liquid Shot does not come in individual packets, so for the purposes of this comparison to e-Gel we have used 150 calories of each product. The first thing that jumps out is that EFS Liquid Shot contains 50% simple sugars, that’s the highest level of all energy gels on the market that we are aware of (you should be looking for low levels of simple sugars and high levels of complex carbohydrates). As for electrolytes, e-Gel contains 50% more sodium, the most important electrolyte for maintaining hydration and avoiding cramping. Amazingly, even when purchasing EFS Liquid Shot is the 2,400 calorie bulk jug, the cost per serving is 18% more than e-Gel.

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EFS Liquid Shot


Calories 150 150
Carb Grams 37 g 37 g
Complex Carbs 82% 50%
Carb Sources Malto-
Sugars 18% 50%

e-Gel contains almost twice as much complex carbs as EFS Liquid Shot and less than half the simple sugars. Watch this video to learn why you should use primarily complex carbs and limit your simple sugars.

Electrolytes e-Gel EFS Liquid Shot
Sodium 230 mg 150 mg
Potassium 85 mg 108 mg
Electrolytes are critical to maintain hydration and to avoid cramping and injuries. e-Gel has 50% more sodium and potassium compared to EFS Liquid Shot, and are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations.

Amino Acids e-Gel EFS Liquid Shot
Amino acids help to reduce lactic acid build up, maintain muscle protein and aid in recovery

Citrates e-Gel EFS Liquid Shot
Sodium Citrate no
Potassium Citrate no
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 e-Gel EFS Liquid Shot
Vitamin E 120% 0%
Vitamin C 120% 0%
Antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.

 Other Ingredients e-Gel EFS Liquid Shot
Vitamin B6 10% 0%
Vitamin B6 assists in the energy conversion process
Caffeine none none
To read our recommendation on caffeine, click here

 Pricing e-Gel EFS Liquid Shot
Cost Per 100 Calories $1.06 $1.50 (flask)
$1.25 (jug)
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Our customers tell it best…

Keith Castleton

"Figuring out how to stay hydrated and prevent muscle cramps during long runs and races has been one of my biggest challenges. In the past my muscles would ache and twitch and cause me a lot of pain after long runs. I came across e-Gel energy gels this summer used them during the Top Of Utah Marathon, took 17 minutes off my previous marathon PR and easily qualified for Boston." ...
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Maricopa, Arizona
Sport: Running

Jeff Rommel

"I broke the golden rule and tried e-Gel for the first time on race day. I ran the Houston Marathon and it was a great experience - no stomach issues and no muscle cramping. Water in my bottle and an e-Gel every hour got me through the race. I'm not the fastest runner, but I set a PR!" ...
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Houston, Texas
Sport: Running

Adam Lecompte

"This is by far the best energy gel product on the market, and I have been through them all. I have had nothing but positive training and racing experiences with this product. I trained on and used e-Gel in a half half marathon and busted a 1:32.44! My personal best of 5 half marathons. The sustained energy is incredible! I absolutely love this product." ...
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Houma, Louisiana
Sport: Running and Triathlon

Sam Albrecht

"40 miles into a 56 mile ride in the desert with two big hills I started cramping, and had to stop several times. The next week I did the same ride with e-Gel and had no cramping despite it being over 100 degrees. My hydration was the same, so I have little doubt the e-Gel played a big part in keeping me going that day." ...
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Big Bear City, California
Sport: Triathlon

Bruce English

"I recently completed a half-iron distance triathlon with a brutal bike course. At the end of the ride my quads started to cramp. I nursed an e-Gel over the first mile of the run and the cramps abated. I thought it may have been coincidence, but when the cramps resurfaced at mile 7 only to resolve with another e-Gel I was sold. I only drank water on the run and took e-Gel, so I feel confident that this product made the difference. " ...
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Waynesboro, Virginia
Sport: Triathlon

Mary Rogers

"I used e-Gels exclusively and exactly as directed in training for the Lakefront Marathon. This was my fourth marathon and I did not expect to PR, but just to complete it well. With the help of e-Gels taken at miles 2, 7, 13, 18, and 23, I took 10 minutes off of my marathon time and never hit the 'wall' or cramped as I had done in previous events. Some guy laughed at me at the start asking why I had so many energy gels. I told him I had a plan and I was sticking to it. I'm pretty sure I passed him somewhere around mile 22." ...
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Springfield, Illinois
Sport: Running

David Ball

"I've been using e-Gel for 2 years exclusively and will not go with anything else....I qualified for Boston with a 3:18:16 and felt great. One e-Gel 15 minutes before the race and one at miles 6, 12, 18, and 23 mile marks and then the last three miles were my fasted splits" ...
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sport: Running, Triathlon

Malcolm Campbell

"I looked for a gel that had less sugar and more potassium/sodium than some of the other energy gels. I came across e-Gel and used them is the US 50K Championships in Caumsett Park, New York. I finished 2nd in 3:04.22, so I guess they worked pretty good!" ...
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Marietta, Georgia
Sport: Ultra Running

Jeff Domenico

"I was running my best marathon ever in Detroit, had five miles to go and I took my e-Gel 100 yards before a water station. I got to the station and it was a bunch of guys handing out beer! GU and other energy gels are so thick that I would have needed water right away, but the e-Gel was so thin and easy to digest, I got through it just fine when I hit a water station about a mile later. Not only did I finally hit my sub-three hour dream, I hit 2:57!" ...
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Battle Creek, Michigan
Sport: Running

Dave Kumler

"I am an on-ice official in the AHL and I want to share my story about e-Gel ... My job as linesman requires me to sprint repeatedly and physically separate anyone who fights throughout the game. We get no breaks, no downtime, no relaxing...I need my energy level to remain constant. I had yet to find any product that satisfied my requirement. I tried GU, Clif Shots and other energy gels, but found that I was still needing something to get me thru the last half of the game. With e-Gel, I found it." ...
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Cleveland, Ohio
Sport: Hockey

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