Among other energy drinks, G Fuel Energy Formula promotes itself as one of the safest energy drink powders.
It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that will boost your energy and sharpen your focus. But like any other energy drink brands, there are some risks that come with G Fuel especially if you abuse your consumption.
A short answer: G Fuel Energy Formula is not bad for you if you consume responsibly and live a healthy lifestyle. But it is not advisable for you if you are below 18 years old, pregnant, or if you have existing medical conditions.
Keep reading to know all about the recommended amounts and how you can maintain a healthy consumption.
G Fuel Nutrition Facts
To help you understand its nutritional value, I have added a table below.
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Caffeine in G Fuel
A serving of G Fuel Energy Formula contains 150 mg of caffeine.
If this caffeine level seems too much for you, don’t worry because G Fuel has launched caffeine-free flavors for those who are caffeine intolerant.
According to FDA, the safe upper limit of caffeine is 400 mg, which is roughly the equivalent of four cups of brewed coffee, ten cans of cola, or two energy shot drinks.
Though the caffeine content in G Fuel is lower than other energy drinks like Bang which has 300 mg, it can still cause side effects in children and people who have existing ailments like high blood pressure and heart disease.
If you are an overall healthy person, you will have a very little problem with the 150mg caffeine of G Fuel. It might be the right boost for you. But if you start to feel palpitations, I suggest you start cutting back your caffeine intake or stick with one cup of coffee.
Personally, I think the 150 mg of caffeine in G Fuel is in the ideal range. It is slightly higher than coffee which has around 96mg of caffeine but still within the recommended level of 400 mg.
But, if you have high caffeine tolerance, you may find the 150 mg of caffeine in G Fuel insufficient to give you a noticeable energy boost or mental alertness.
If this is the case, I suggest you double your servings of G Fuel or look for other powder energy drinks with higher caffeine content.
Symptoms of Caffeine Overdose
Regular and moderate caffeine intake can provide your body with improved athletic performance, mental alertness, and blood pressure. It will also increase your caffeine tolerance or sensitivity.
But if you are a first-time caffeine consumer, your body may be sensitive to it, especially to high dose of caffeine.
So to be on the safe side, don’t consume highly caffeinated drinks at once. Start easy and allow your body to adjust to a high dosage of caffeine.
Remember, having too much caffeine in your diet can lead to caffeine overdose. Here are some of its symptoms.
- chest pain
- irregular heartbeat
Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
Unlike many other sugar-loaded energy drinks, G Fuel is sugar-free.
The manufacturers of the brand said their goal is to make a healthy energy drink formula that will meet the standard of a healthy modern lifestyle.
But you may wonder, if it has no sugar, how come G Fuel still has a sweet taste?
Well, the answer lies behind an artificial sweetener called Sucralose.
Sucralose is a type of zero-calorie sugar substitute. The majority of sucralose you consume is not broken down by your body, so it has no equivalent calories.
Compared to regular sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, sucralose is a really healthy alternative because it does not affect your blood sugar or insulin levels.
However, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or metabolism issues, I think it is best that you consult with your doctor first about drinking G Fuel.
What are the risks of too much sugar?
Health problems usually arise when you consume an excessive amount of added sugar.
Food and beverage manufacturers add sugar to their products to enhance flavor or lengthen shelf life. But as you know, consuming too much sugar can lead to various health risks and diseases as follows.
- heart diseases
- weight gain
- fatty liver
G Fuel Ingredients
G Fuel Energy Formula contains more than 20 ingredients which are categorized into three various complexes. These are energy, focus, and antioxidant complex.
Let’s see the ingredients under energy complex first.
The energy complex contains Taurine, L-Citrulline Malate, Caffeine, Glucuronolactone, L-Acetyl-L-Carnitine HTL, and Velvet Bean Seed Extracts, which are common in energy drink supplements.
These ingredients have natural properties that help boost your energy and prevent heart diseases, chest pain, and other conditions.
Like the energy complex, the focus complex of the G Fuel Energy Formula contains various ingredients such as L-Tyrosine, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, and Adenosine-5-Triphosphate Disodium Salt.
Focus Complex ingredients can increase your alertness and enhance your memory. These ingredients also have anti-depressant properties, which can help you stay alert even when you have insufficient sleep.
Meanwhile, the antioxidant complex is a rich combination of fruit extracts.
The ingredients under this category help reduce your risk risks of developing various diseases, such as heart diseases and cancer.
Some of the fruit extracts are Pineapple fruit powder, Apple food powder, Cabbage palm berry food powder, Orange fruit powder, Blueberry fruit powder, Strawberry fruit powder, Watermelon fruit extract, Grape seed fruit powder, among many others.
If you’re curious about the complete list of complex ingredients of G Fuel, you can take a look at the picture below.
If you want a more in-depth discussion about the ingredients, I have an article about G Fuel Caffeine and Ingredients, which may be handy for you.
Does G Fuel have artificial preservatives?
G Fuel uses artificial additives like silicon dioxide and citric acid to stabilize the product and to prevent the powders from clumping together.
Citric acid is a preservative while silicon dioxide helps the product remain in a powder form.
Both of these preservatives are FDA-approved and safe for consumption so you don’t have to worry about any harmful effects.
Does G Fuel add artificial colors?
G Fuel uses artificial food dyes for its coloring.
Adding food coloring is a common practice to beverage manufacturers to achieve a vivid and attractive look for their products.
G Fuel did not exactly disclose the kinds of artificial coloring that they use so I can’t further discuss the details.
However, if you check other powdered drinks, keep in mind that the food dye Yellow No. 5 or tartrazine may cause an allergic reaction such as swelling and hives in some patients.
So if you have a history of allergic reaction to food coloring, be alert and observe yourself for any side effects.
Does G Fuel contain lead?
G Fuel contains traces of lead because of its natural ingredients.
This happens because some of its natural ingredients absorbed lead from the soil when they were cultivated which ended up in the final product.
I want to emphasize that other products that contain natural ingredients also have small traces of lead. The issue here was that the manufacturers of G Fuel, Gamma Labs did not disclose this on the label as they should have in compliance with California’s Proposition 65.
In large amounts, lead may cause blood toxicity that’s why the amount present in a product should be put on the warning label.
The manufacturer of G Fuel had to face a lawsuit over this incident but after the investigation, the tested amount of lead in G Fuel was not reported publicly.
Meanwhile, the FDA ruled the amount of lead in G Fuel is 25 times lower than the amount of lead that would need to be consumed, daily, to create an issue of blood toxicity.
You can read more about the report in an article on their webpage, “FDA Monitoring and Testing of Lead in Food, including Dietary Supplement and Foodwares”.
How much G Fuel can I have per day?
You can have two servings at most of G Fuel per day.
As G Fuel contains more caffeine than one cup of coffee, I suggest starting with one serving per day and seeing how you feel.
See how it feels before gradually increasing your number of servings.
However, with canned G Fuel energy drinks that contain 300 mg of caffeine, I recommend you do not exceed one serving per day to remain within the 400 mg healthy limit of caffeine.
Is G Fuel bad for your health?
With all things in mind, G Fuel is pretty much safe and healthy. It is packed with natural ingredients and contains vitamins and antioxidants.
As long as you consume G Fuel sensibly it will not cause any harmful effects to your body. In fact, with sugar-free formula and few calories, G Fuel is a good choice of beverage especially if you want to stay fit.
Can children drink G Fuel?
G Fuel is not advisable for children or people under 18 years old because they have low caffeine tolerance.
G Fuel can be dangerous to kids and adolescents, as they are more sensitive to caffeine’s undesirable effects like nervousness and palpitations.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of 18 should limit their caffeine intake to 100 mg per day.
As you can see, the 150 mg amount of caffeine in G Fuel exceeds the healthy limit for children so they should strictly avoid it.
Is G Fuel FDA-Approved?
As G Fuel Energy Formula is not a drug, it doesn’t need to be FDA-approved.
G Fuel Energy Formula is a supplement, and dietary supplements don’t need direct FDA approval.
However, you can have peace of mind knowing that G Fuel is safe to consume and has been manufactured in an FDA-certified facility.
How many flavors Does G Fuel have?
G Fuel Energy Forumula has more than 20 unique flavors.
Here are some of the flavors of G Fuel:
- Sonic’s Peach Rings
- The Juice
- Yuzu Slash
- Maiden’s Blood
- Mega Potion
- Pink Drip
- Scorpion Sting
- Bobby Boysenberry
- FaZe X
- Wumpa Fruit
- Star Fruit
- Hype Sauce
- Sour Fazeberry
- Sour Blue Chug Rug
- Bubble Gum
- French Vanilla Iced Coffee
- Strawberry Shortcake
Everyone has different preferences so it’s great that G Fuel offers you plenty of flavors to choose from.
Personally, I like the flavor Bahama Mama which is totally tropical and refreshing.
If you want more feedback from fellow consumers, you can check out this video below.
G Fuel Energy Formula is not bad for your health per se but too much G Fuel can lead to caffeine overdose so keep your consumption in moderation and you’re good to go.
In sum, the G Fuel Energy Formula contains both artificial and natural ingredients. It has an incredible number of vitamins and antioxidants. The amount per serving is also both safe and healthy.
Still, I suggest that you only consume G Fuel occasionally because nothing can beat natural sources of vitamins and supplements. Eat a balanced and healthy meal instead of fully relying on powdered energy drink mix.