It’s always been known that G Fuel is one of the “healthiest” energy drinks on the market.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise. G Fuel is reviewed to be effective despite not having sugar.
The Hydration formula is touted for being an even healthier option because it’s free of sugar and caffeine.
Combine these two (sugar and caffeine) together with its wide selection of flavors, and it starts looking like something you can drink every day.
But the question is, is the healthiest option out there?
G Fuel can serve as your cup of coffee that can give you health benefits in the long run. So drinking it regularly shouldn’t be a problem as long as you pay close attention to the rest of your diet.
How is this possible? Well, read on to find out
G Fuel Nutrition Facts
Here’s a table of the nutrients you can find in a scoop of G Fuel Powder.
|Nutrient||Amount per serving (7g)|
|Vitamin E||15 IU|
G Fuel Powder Ingredients
The G Fuel label divides its ingredients into three groups.
- Energy Complex
- Focus Complex
- Antioxidant Complex
It’s not that hard to understand. The set of properties found in G Fuel can give you the sustenance you need for your daily activities.
Energy Complex is the group of ingredients that primarily gives you energy.
Focus Complex is the set of ingredients that help improve your brain functions.
Antioxidant Complex is the properties that act as antioxidants — those substances that can slow or prevent damage to the body cells.
Besides these, there are other ingredients in G Fuel’s formula, which are mostly artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and food colorings.
How Long Does it Take for G Fuel to Kick In?
According to the G Fuel’s official website, one serving of G Fuel takes 10-15 minutes to kick in. That makes sense due to its high caffeine content, which needs the same amount of time to have a noticeable effect.
Although you can immediately feel alert and awake, caffeine doesn’t hit peak levels in the bloodstream until 30 minutes to an hour. And after that, you can expect to reach its half-life is 3 to 6 hours.
A half-life refers to how long it takes for your body to eliminate half of the substance from your body.
So if it takes 3-6 hours for the caffeine in G Fuel to reach the caffeine’s half-life, it’ll be completely gone within 6-12 hours, more than enough time to accomplish some of your tasks.
Why does caffeine’s half-life vary so much?
As it turns out, caffeine’s half-life is influenced by several factors:
- Body Weight
- Medication intake
- Pregnancy status (women)
- Liver health
For example, a healthy adult can reach caffeine’s half-life in 5-6 hours. A smoker, on the other hand, will only take half as long.
Once caffeine is past that point, it gets broken down into three kinds of metabolic dimethylxanthines that get further broken down before getting secreted in urine.
These metabolic dimethylxanthines are:
- Paraxanthine – helps the body break down fat and increases the amount of glycerol and fat in the bloodstream
- Theobromine – has a diuretic effect (increasing your metabolism activity) and dilates blood vessels
- Theophylline – dilates airways
A dimethylxanthine is a type of drug derived from a purine substance called xanthine.
Most of these have effects that treat illnesses like asthma or assist in metabolic functions.
G Fuel Caffeine Content
The official FAQ states that G Fuel has 150g of caffeine per serving. There can be a bit of variation between flavors, but you can expect that majority of the flavors have either 140g or 150g of caffeine per serving.
Can You Drink Too Much G Fuel?
Caffeine works by blocking a hormone that promotes sleepiness called adenosine. So depending on how much and when you drink a caffeinated product, it may largely affect your sleeping pattern.
This overly caffeinated drink can cause sleep deprivation and in some instances, insomnia.
Not having enough sleep may cause the following:
- Slower reaction time
- Impulsive behavior
- Difficulty regulating emotions
Artificial sweeteners are generally regarded to be safe for (regular) consumption by the FDA. It’s normally added to food products for flavor as well.
However, there are studies suggesting that these artificial sweeteners can disrupt the balance of good bacteria in your gut.
Hence, consuming too much food and drink with artificial sweeteners could mainly affect your metabolism. It’s also possible that to cause allergies or intolerances.
So yes, you can drink too much G-Fuel.
Is G Fuel Bad For Your Heart?
According to adolescent physician, Marcie Schneider, G Fuel may have a significant effect on the heart.
G Fuel stimulates enzymes that stimulate the heart’s contractions, making your heart beat faster.
Likewise, G Fuel facilitates the release of natural norepinephrine, which works very similar to adrenaline.
The caffeine in G Fuel can increase the amount of calcium in the heart’s cells. This will further alter the pumping action that gets the blood circulating through their veins.
This explains why a sip or two of G Fuel or other energy drink gives you heart palpitations instantly. Because of these, there are concerns with regard to heavily caffeinated products like G Fuel that might cause abnormal heart rhythms.
Although there are no further studies about this yet, it would be safe to keep moderate your consumption of any kind of energy drink or supplement.
Neither G Fuel nor caffeine is bad for your heart. You may develop symptoms when you consume more than what you can handle.
Is G Fuel Bad For Your Health?
G Fuel is fine when taken in moderation, and if you follow the recommended serving size.
Caffeine and artificial sweeteners can be disastrous additions to your diet if taken in excess.
The best way to integrate G Fuel into your diet would be to treat it like coffee — pairing it with a balanced diet, enough sleep, and drinking lots of water.
Though if you have a health condition or illness that might complicate things, make sure to consult your doctor before buying any form of G Fuel, more so if you’re pregnant or nursing.
Lead Content in G Fuel
In 2017, the Environmental Research Center (ERC) filed a lawsuit against Gamma Labs for not including a warning label about the possible lead content. This violated California’s health and safety code following an investigation.
The matter was settled a few months later in early 2018. Gamma Labs were required to pay damages and ordered to include a warning label on all of their products especially variants that have high amounts of lead.
G Fuel’s CEO Cliff Morgan in his statement said that the presence of lead in their products was from its natural ingredients, posing no harm to its consumers.
That means that the lead is present in G Fuel came from the ingredients themselves, which were rooted up from the soil.
Check this video of a gamer who did a breakdown of the amount of lead present in the G Fuel tub. He tested how much lead was in his blood before and after drinking it.
It turned out that the amount of lead in his blood remained normal after drinking G Fuel. What a relief!
Can Kids Drink G Fuel?
G Fuel says that minors or anyone under the age of 18 should avoid drinking G Fuel.
To quote them:
“All users of our website must be over the age of 18. Anyone under the age of 18 must cease use of this website! Parents and Legal Guardians’ of anyone under the age of 18 must monitor their usage of our website. If you are under 18, cease use of this website.”
Based on that, I’d say they’re quite clear on their stance on minors who drink G Fuel.
This stance is also supported by science. The important thing to remember is that even though caffeine is very common in food and drinks it’s still considered a stimulant. It speeds up messages between your brain and body which makes you more alert and energetic.
Children, however, are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Taking an energy drink or coffee could bring them fatigue, and make them less aware of their surroundings. They can also have a higher blood pressure that may develop into hypertension over time.
Meanwhile, it’s alright for teenagers to take an energy drink provided that they don’t drink more than a single serving per day.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes that energy drink brands should set guidelines for the consumption of their products. They are also against energy drink brands marketing toward people below the age of 18.
How Many Servings of G Fuel Should You Have Per Day?
The main ingredient in G Fuel is caffeine. A single 7g serving of G Fuel also has 150g of caffeine.
Mayoclinic believes that up to 400g of caffeine a day is safe for most adults.
That means based on caffeine content alone, you can drink up to 2 servings of G Fuel Powder a day.
2 servings of G Fuel powder are also equivalent to 50 calories. So you won’t have trouble if you want to lose weight.
In summary, G Fuel powder is definitely among the healthier options you can have for an energy drink. It has loads of caffeine and artificial sweeteners but it can work as a daily supplement provided that you maintain a proper diet and get enough sleep.
Since a single serving of G Fuel has much less of everything compared to its competitors like NOS and Red Bull, it’s also one of the few brands you can drink every day.
G Fuel still isn’t for everyone of course, since children and adolescents have best off staying away from it. It also has trace amounts of lead due to its natural ingredients, which might not sit well for a lot of people.
Still, I think that G Fuel is a good choice.
One or two cups can improve your day, drinking more, nevertheless, might cause serious trouble to your health and body.