If you’ve spent any time in the video game scene, you’ve probably heard of G Fuel, the energy drink brand that has probably sponsored some of your favorite content creators and has sought to align themselves with the e-sports scene.
As for the energy drink itself, G Fuel definitely differs from most of its competitors by being a powdered energy drink, with its sugar-free and ingredient-expansive formula working to give you the boost you need to get through grueling gaming sessions.
If you’re here, you’re probably wondering about my thoughts on G Fuel, and if it’s actually as good as advertised.
In brief, I think G Fuel is a pretty good energy drink, with decent energy-boosting potential, great taste, and a large variety of flavors to keep things fresh and exciting. However, it’s not without its shortcomings.
For a more in-depth look, stick around while we get into the nitty-gritty of G Fuel energy drinks to figure out just how good G Fuel is compared to other energy drinks.
Let’s get to it…
G Fuel Nutrition Facts
First up, let’s compare the nutritional value of a single serving of G Fuel Powder against G Fuel Cans, and well as its closest competitors:
|G Fuel Powder |
|G Fuel Cans|
|Energy||25 calories||0 calories||110 calories||240 calories||122 calories|
(Of which Sugars)
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||–||–||–||3.5mg||–|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||45mg||4mg||5.05mg||51.5mg||16mg|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)||–||–||5.05mg||–||–|
G Fuel Calorie Content
Depending on the flavor, a standard 7g serving of G Fuel powder contains somewhere between 10 and 25 calories, which is quite a small amount.
Compared to energy drinks such as Red Bull with 80 calories per 8.4 fl.oz, and Monster with 210 calories per 16 fl.oz, G Fuel has a small number of calories, given that you mix it with 12 to 16 fl.oz of water.
Granted, it might not be as diet-friendly as a zero-calorie energy drinks, but for what it’s worth, G Fuel’s calorie count is a lot less than your average energy drink, so you can burn it off quite a bit faster as well.
As a reminder, your body requires a substantial amount of calories per day, ranging between 2000 to 2500 calories for an average adult, depending on lifestyle choices and biological factors.
While a 7g serving of G Fuel will definitely give you a quick boost, it’s no substitute for a full and nutritious meal, given the calorie and nutritional differences between the two.
As such, I recommend that you compliment your G Fuel servings with some healthy calories in the form of healthy food to make use of the energy boost that G Fuel will give you.
In any case, G Fuel’s low-calorie content means it can work well with just about any diet without ruining your appetite, which is definitely a good thing.
G Fuel Ingredients
G Fuel has a relatively long list of ingredients, though most of them are only present in fairly small amounts.
For a quick listing of what a single 7g serving of G Fuel will usually have, have a look at the list below.
If you’d like a more detailed analysis of each and every ingredient in G Fuel, have a look at my G Fuel Caffeine and Ingredients article which covers things in a lot more detail.
G Fuel’s Energy Complex consists of 1.85g of the following ingredients, which, apart from caffeine, aren’t exactly specified how much is present:
- L-Citrulline Malate
- Caffeine (150mg)
G Fuel’s Focus Complex has a total of 1.2g (no breakdown of specific ingredients) of the following ingredients:
- Choline Bitartrate
- Adenosine-5 Triphosphate Disodium Salt (ATP)
- Toothed Clubmoss
- Aerial Parts Extract
- Bacopa Leaf Extract
G Fuel’s Antioxidant Complex mostly consists of dried fruit powders which add up to between 26mg to 163.5mg (depending on flavor):
- Cabbage Palm Berry Extract
- Pomegranate Fruit Extract
- Pineapple Fruit Powder
- Apple Fruit Powder
- Orange Fruit Powder
- Blueberry Fruit Powder
- Grape Seed Powder
- Grapefruit Seed Powder
- Plum Fruit Powder
- Watermelon Fruit Powder
- Lemon Fruit Powder
- Lime Fruit Powder
- Melon Fruit Powder
- Sour Cherry Fruit Powder
- Papaya Fruit Powder
- Peach Fruit Powder
- Pyrus communis Fruit Powder
Here are some other miscellaneous ingredients you’ll find in a serving of G Fuel which, naturally, may vary from flavor to flavor:
- Natural and Artificial Flavors
- Citric Acid
- Malic Acid
- Silicon Dioxide
- Acesulfame Potassium
How Much Caffeine Is In G Fuel?
Depending on the flavor, each 7g serving of G Fuel has between 140 and 150mg of caffeine, which is quite an average amount for an energy drink.
For context, a regular can of Rockstar, or even Monster has around 160mg per 16 fl.oz, which makes G Fuel pretty moderate compared to the caffeine strength of other stronger energy drinks.
That said, when considering caffeinated beverages, it’s usually not how much caffeine is present in the drink, but more of how much you can actually handle before the positive effects tip into the negative.
Personally, I prefer my energy drinks to have somewhere between 50mg to 100mg per serving, which is just enough to give me a boost, but not so much I might get a headache afterward.
As such, I find G Fuel to have a bit too much caffeine per serve for my personal preference. I find the effects to be a bit too strong to think clearly.
Of course, depending on your own caffeine metabolism and personal tolerance, you might find G Fuel’s 150mg caffeine to be just the right amount to get a good energy drink.
And since G Fuel is a powdered energy drink, you’re able to customize just how much goes into each serving, so you can adjust your serving to have the perfect caffeine amount to suit your taste.
While there’s no harm in reducing the serving, having too large a serving might be a problem due to the increased amount of caffeine.
As such, it’s best to keep your G Fuel servings to a tolerable limit and be sure not to have any other caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea, or soda, if you do plan on having any G Fuel.
Does G Fuel Have Artificial Sweeteners?
While free of regular sugar, G Fuel contains Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium, both of which are artificial sweeteners.
G Fuel is actually entirely sugar-free, making it a bit healthier than some of the other sugary energy drinks on the market. Instead of regular sugar, it uses artificial sweeteners as a substitute to help improve its overall taste.
As both Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium are zero-calorie sweeteners, you’re technically getting the sweetness of sugar without the caloric downsides that are usually associated with it.
Isn’t that a sweet deal?
However, there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty regarding the long-term use of artificial sweeteners, so moderating your intake of artificial sweeteners is a good idea for the long-run.
That said, artificial sweeteners have been approved for general use by the FDA. Hence, as long as you have them in moderation, you don’t need to worry too much about the artificial sweeteners in G Fuel.
Vitamins in G Fuel
Vitamins are a staple ingredient in every energy drink, with G Fuel giving you a healthy serving of B Vitamins, as well as Vitamin C and E.
While the B-Vitamin content might seem excessive at first glance, B-Vitamins (as well as Vitamin C) are water-soluble vitamins, so they don’t exactly stay in your body for long.
As such, even in high amounts, B-Vitamins aren’t likely to cause any lasting issues due to how easily they pass through your system if you consume more than you need.
In any case, I’ve listed the vitamins present in G Fuel in the table below, and for more information on B-Vitamins and what they do, click on the link here.
|Purpose||Amount per 7g of G Fuel||Tolerable Upper Intake Level|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||Helps body release energy; keeps skin healthy.||45mg||35mg|
|Vitamin B6||Store energy from protein and carbohydrates; formation of red blood cells||10mg||100mg|
|Vitamin B12||Release energy from food; forms red blood cells; keeps the nervous system healthy||425µg||–|
|Vitamin C||Controls infections and heals wounds, antioxidant.||250mg||2000mg|
Does G Fuel Contain Lead?
Although a pretty common misconception, G Fuel doesn’t contain any harmful traces of lead. On the contrary, the warning label seems to be more of a result of regional law.
While it might seem pretty terrifying, any lead present in G Fuel is actually much, much lower than what would be considered harmful to the human body, as explained by this tweet:
As such, it’s practically impossible to have enough G Fuel to the point where the lead content would be a problem, you’ll likely run into the issue of having too much caffeine long before the lead becomes a problem.
Does G Fuel Make You Lose Weight?
While it can definitely help in the weight loss process, drinking G Fuel by itself isn’t going to help you to lose weight.
I should point out that the same is true for any energy drink.
As caffeine is known to help improve exercise performance, having a serving of G Fuel before your workout routine can help you burn off the calories faster.
While caffeine can help boost your metabolism, G Fuel itself helping you lose weight is a different issue, the caffeine in G Fuel definitely not to the extent of being an effective weight-loss treatment.
Combining caffeine and exercise is a good recipe to lose a few pounds. However, drinking caffeinated drinks without doing any exercise won’t help you to lose weight.
Does G Fuel Boost Gaming Performance?
Given that caffeine has been known to improve cognitive function and temporarily increase reaction times, a serving of G Fuel could give you an edge in gaming sessions, provided you react well to the caffeine.
There’s a fine line between caffeine being beneficial or detrimental to you, which is mostly dependant on how well you react to caffeine, and your overall sensitivity to caffeine.
If G Fuel is well within your tolerance level, you’re definitely going to have a mild to a decent boost in your reaction time, along with an improvement in cognitive function for those key split-second moments.
On the flip side, having more caffeine doesn’t exactly mean better performance, as having too much caffeine can lead to mild headaches and jitteriness.
As such, if you want to get the best out of your gaming experience with G Fuel, knowing how much to have and the amount of caffeine you need for the effects is crucial.
For more information, take a look at the article I’ve written on the best energy drinks for gaming for a more in-depth discussion.
G Fuel Flavors
With over 35 flavors, there’s definitely a G Fuel flavor out there that will suit your taste buds. Here’s a selection of flavors that you might enjoy:
- Battle Juice
- Bahama Mama
- Blue Ice
- Bubble Gum
- Cherry Limeade
- Nemesis Tea
- Peach Cobbler
- Rainbow Sherbet
- Star Fruit
- Shiny Splash
- Snow Cone
- Strawberry Banana
- Tropical Rain
- Wumpa Fruit
What Does G Fuel Taste Like?
Powdered G Fuel is pretty different in texture compared to a regular energy drink as you’ll be using regular water instead of carbonated water.
However, a lot of people (myself included) think that G Fuel has a bit of a “chalky” aftertaste, which detracts a little from the main flavor.
G Fuel definitely isn’t as overwhelming as some other energy drinks, but its flavor is still relatively distinct from the rest of the crowd.
Considering that G Fuel practically has dozens of flavors, it’s hard to judge how good each one is, especially when accounting to your specific preferences and taste.
What might taste great for you might not gel for another.
So if you want a general overview of every flavor and what they taste like, the video below should provide you with some great insight:
G Fuel Powder Price
Based on the official store, a Tub of G Fuel Powder costs about $36 (not taking into account shipping price or occasional discounts available).
Given that you can get 40 standard servings out of a tub of G Fuel, by doing the math, each serving will run you to around $1.10, which is pretty cheap for an energy drink.
Mind you, that price doesn’t account for shipping, so it’s actually a bit more expensive than that.
Naturally, the price of G Fuel is subject to change depending on where and when you get it. Amazon, for example, sells a regular tub at around $30, which is considerably cheaper than the price of those on G Fuel’s own storefront.
Besides that, you also have to consider the shipping costs of G Fuel. You might see a significant price hike on the advertised price due to the shipping distance involved in getting it to wherever you happen to be.
If you want to get G Fuel at a decent price, check out the article I’ve written on tracking your G Fuel order where I’ve written in detail about the shipping and tracking process of G Fuel.
G Fuel Review (9 out of 10)
All-in-all, G Fuel is definitely one of the best powdered energy drinks available, with its sugar-free, low-calorie formula and various flavors appealing to both gamers and energy drink enthusiasts alike.
Of course, being a powdered energy drink, you can’t exactly grab one in a rush due to the prep time involved.
Besides that, if you live outside the US, it might be fairly difficult for you to get your hands on G Fuel compared to if you’re in the United States.
But If you need an energy drink that’s both flexible to your tastes and can give you a pretty good boost, G Fuel definitely has you covered, working in just about any situation you might find yourself in.
If you don’t find the caffeine to be a little too much, of course.
G Fuel Alternatives
G Fuel may be a pretty good powdered energy drink, but here are some good alternatives if you don’t feel like prepping a mix for the day:
Here are some other awesome powdered options below if you feel like switching things up every now and then:
REIZE (10 out of 10)
While it’s true that G Fuel is a pretty popular energy drink, I think that REIZE is even better.
REIZE is a great powdered energy drink that comes in a convenient 4g sachet. It has a sensible 50mg of caffeine, is completely sugar-free, and has just 11 calories per serve.
REIZE also contains a smart blend of taurine, ginseng, and B-group vitamins to give you the perfect energy boost without the sugar crash afterward.
Best of all, you can get REIZE shipped straight to your door for only about $1 per drink, which is outstanding value for money.
Try REIZE today and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a smarter choice than G Fuel.