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GU Energy Gel-Birthday Cake
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Birthday Cake gives everyone permission to indulge and celebrate out on the trails. This flavor is delicious, indulgent, and takes us back to our childhood days of sneaking a swoop of cake batter without getting caught by mom or dad. Created to celebrate our 25th birthday, here’s to 25 more!
THE ORIGINAL ENERGY GEL
GU Original Energy Gels pack quick, effective, and sustained energy to meet the demands of all types of activity, in a convenient packet small enough to fit in your pocket.
Original Energy Gels contain carbohydrates for energy, electrolytes for hydration, and BCAAs to help protect working muscles. Learn more about each.
Carbohydrates from two sources
Fast-acting and long-lasting carbohydrates - from maltodextrin and fructose - allow you to quickly digest more fuel without stomach upset.
Electrolytes to replace what you've lost
Our gels contain sodium, the electrolyte you lose when you sweat. Always take gels with a few sips of water to help your body efficiently absorb your fuel.
The many benefits of BCAAs
Our BCAA blend helps protect muscles from breakdown, contributes to energy production, and helps prevent mental fatigue.†
|Brand||GU Energy Labs|
|Ingredients||Maltodextrin, Water, Fructose, L-Leucine, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, L-Valine, Sea Salt, Gellan Gum, L-Isoleucine, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate|
|Features||Caffeine Free, Vegan, and Gluten Free|
|What you get||1 sachet of 32 grams|
"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 Energy Gel 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 Energy Gel every 30 minutes and see if it agrees with you.
How do you eat GU Energy Gel?
Rip open the top and squeeze the entire packet into your mouth—don’t save half of it for later. GU Energy Gel'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 energy Gel to help you recover from hard training or racing?
When you stop, go ahead and eat a pack of GU Energy Gel, even if it’s been less than 30 minutes from your last shot of gel. 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 Energy Gel for a strength workout or even yoga?
Sure. While GU Energy Gel 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 Energy Gel help me?
GU Energy Gel comes in both caffeinated and non-caffeinated flavors. Strawberry Banana, Lemon Lime, Peanut Butter, and Root Beer do not have any caffeine in them. Mandarin Orange, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Outrage, Triberry, Tastefully Nude, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Salted Watermelon all have 20mg of caffeine per packet. GU’s Espresso Love, Caramel Macchiato, and Jet Blackberry flavors have 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 Energy Gel 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 Energy Gel 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 Energy Gel safe for children?
Yes, if they’re playing sports, on a hike or just being active, GU Energy Gel 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 Energy Gel?
We don’t recommend it. Maltodextrin is corn-based and corn is not recommended for dogs—many are actually allergic to corn."
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