ESports and gaming are two fields that have become increasingly popular in recent years. With all of the breakthroughs in gaming technology, I can’t blame anyone for wanting to get into either of these. And I wouldn’t blame them for wanting to play all day.
Still, working on it for hours at a time will be difficult. You’ll most likely require assistance, but if there are two brands that come up in any discussion about energy drinks for gamers, it’s G Fuel and Sneak.
They’re both tasty brands that come in powder tubs and come in a variety of fun flavors. Sneak and G Fuel are also well-known for providing energy without the crash that many people associate with energy drinks.
What sets Sneak and G Fuel apart from each other then?
The caffeine levels in Sneak and G Fuel are different (200mg vs 150mg). G Fuel also has a much larger flavor selection than Sneak does right now. G Fuel is also distinct in that it contains a variety of antioxidants in its formula.
What are the other similarities and differences? Read on and I’ll take you through all the comparisons step by step!
What Is Sneak Energy?
Sneak is a new brand that came out a few years ago. It claims to be a funky, cool new brand that gives clean energy without the dreaded crash. It’s also recognizable by the mean-looking bunny logo it has plastered all over its labels, so you’ll know it when you see it.
Sneak, like G Fuel, is sold in tubs containing powder formulas that you can mix at your leisure and in your own way. However, because it’s not as popular as G Fuel, it only has 11 flavors to offer.
That’s significantly more than other energy drink brands such as 3D, NOS, and Red Bull, but significantly less than the 30+ flavors offered by G Fuel.
Despite being new, it’s gotten a lot of praise and fair reception among those who’ve tried it.
For a more comprehensive look at Sneak Energy, do read up on it in my Does Sneak Energy Actually Work article.
What is G Fuel Powder?
G Fuel by Gamma Labs is the classic energy drink for Esports athletes and gamers. It’s best known for collaborating with famous streamers, YouTubers, and gamers to create new and unique flavors for everyone.
Besides that, it also periodically releases new flavors based on recent video game titles. As if that wasn’t enough variety, it also has a lot of variations in its products.
Like Sneak, G Fuel sells shaker cups and powder formulas that come in tubs. It also has a caffeine-free Hydration formula and a canned drink formula for busy people who need a quick boost.
G Fuel Powder is also considered one of the healthier energy drink options around since it has antioxidants in its formula and is made from natural ingredients.
Sneak vs G Fuel Nutrition Facts
Here’s a table comparing what you can find in a single serving of Sneak and a single serving of G Fuel:
|Nutrient||Amount per serving (Sneak, 10g)||Amount per serving (G Fuel, 7g)|
|Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)||80mg||250mg|
|Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)||219mcg||10mcg|
|Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)||.6mcg||425mcg|
|Vitamin E||–||15 IU|
Sneak has 12 calories per serving, while G Fuel has 25 calories.
This means Sneak might be the better choice if you’re looking to watch your calories.
But what exactly are calories? Simply put, calories are a measurement of the amount of energy your body receives from any food or drink.
They’re everywhere; unless you’re talking about water, there’s no such thing as a truly calorie-free food. That means, whether you like it or not, calories are essential to your daily functioning. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, you should make an effort to burn whatever you eat rather than avoiding calories entirely.
Vitamins in Sneak and G Fuel
Sneak has a wider variety of vitamins in its formula than G Fuel does.
More specifically, Sneak has Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B9 (Folate), B7 (Biotin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), and the usual Vitamin B6 and B12.
Meanwhile, G Fuel Powder has the same Vitamins B6 and B12 you find in other energy drink brands, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and Vitamin E.
Both brands can also give you vitamin C.
Most of these are water-soluble vitamins that are easily dissolved in water, so any excess you have in your body gets passed in urine instead of absorbed.
This makes it extremely unlikely that you will ever overdose on any of the B-vitamins or Vitamin C because of food or drink alone. So there’s no need to worry about the 200% daily value you sometimes see in the nutrition label.
B-vitamins have some differences from each other when you look at them individually, but they all aid in metabolism. Thanks to this, having them in your diet is associated with having more energy and being able to focus better.
Nutrients like B-vitamins are found in meat, fruits, and many different kinds of vegetables. They are also sold in dietary supplements you can use to treat deficiencies or treat illnesses on a doctor’s orders.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is in a similar position. It’s an essential vitamin, which means it can’t be produced within the body. However, it’s necessary to maintain your health and is water-soluble like the B-vitamins.
Ascorbic acid is responsible for keeping your immune system strong enough to defend you against disease. It’s also a good antioxidant that can protect your body from the effects of free radicals. Lower uric acid is also a health benefit tied to Vitamin C.
You can find Vitamin C in oranges, strawberries, kale, and spinach.
Vitamin E is the only vitamin in the table that isn’t water-soluble. Instead, it’s fat-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are found in fatty foods and are absorbed by the body like dietary fats. To be more specific, Vitamin E is an antioxidant like Vitamin C is. It protects the body from free radicals that can damage your body as time passes.
Besides that, Vitamin E also boosts your immune system and dilates blood vessels to keep you from getting blood clots.
Dietary sources for Vitamin E include:
Other fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, and K.
Sugar Content in Sneak and G Fuel
Both Sneak and G Fuel Powder are sugar-free. Instead, they get their flavoring from artificial sweeteners.
Artificial sweeteners are a kind of sugar substitute regular people and companies alike use to reduce sugar content.
Normal consumers might do it to manage health conditions like Type-II Diabetes, or just to lose weight. Companies usually use artificial sweeteners to make their products more attractive to people who want to limit their sugar intake.
Both Sneak and G Fuel Powder use Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium.
Sucralose is the most commonly used artificial sweetener under its brand name, Splenda. It’s 600 times sweeter than sugar despite being made from it.
Sucralose is manufactured in a lab through a process wherein three hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine molecules. As a result, sucralose has a chemical structure that allows it to not be absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract during digestion.
Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K) is another commonly used artificial sweetener.
Despite being 200 times sweeter than table sugar, it’s known for having a bitter aftertaste. It’s because of this aftertaste that it’s not uncommon to see Ace-K mixed with another sweetener (like sucralose) to get around it.
Ace-K is made in a lab through a process that involves mixing acetoacetic acid with Potassium. Once that’s done, you have a white powder that can be used to sweeten your food without the need for sugar.
As of the writing, both Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium are considered safe to consume by the FDA. They are also calorie-free products, which means they contribute less than5 calories to your diet overall.
Sneak vs G Fuel Ingredients
Here’s what you can find in a tub of Sneak:
- Alpha GPC
- Caffeine anhydrous
- Malic acid
- Natural Flavors
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Spirulina Powder (food coloring)
- Silicon Dioxide
G Fuel Powder’s ingredients list is divided into four parts. First is the Energy Complex, next is the Focus Complex, then the Antioxidant Complex, and then the Miscellaneous ingredients.
- N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl
- Velvet seed extract
- Toothed Clubmoss Aerial Parts Extract
- Bacopa Leaf Extract
- Adenosine-5′-Triphosphate Disodium Salt (ATP)
- Choline Bitartrate
- Cabbage Palm Berry Extract
- Pomegranate Fruit Extract
- Pineapple Fruit Powder
- Apple Fruit Powder
- Orange Fruit Powder
- Blueberry 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
- Grape Seed Powder
- Grapefruit Fruit Powder
- Plum Fruit Powder
- Raspberry Fruit Powder
- Strawberry Fruit Powder
- Watermelon Fruit Powder
- Maltodextrin (preservative)
- Pineapple Fruit Powder
- Citric Acid (preservative)
- Natural Flavors
- Artificial Flavors
- Beta Carotene (color)
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Silicon Dioxide
Caffeine content in Sneak and G Fuel
Sneak contains 200mg of caffeine, while G Fuel Powder contains 140-150mg, depending on the flavor.
Caffeine is the key ingredient to any energy drink. It’s a stimulant-type drug, which means it promotes alertness and makes your body work faster while you’re under its effects.
Its effects make caffeine great for staying awake and focused during tedious tasks. However, it’s not without its side effects.
Besides the usual ways drinking caffeine can backfire, drinking caffeine at the wrong time can disrupt your sleep patterns because of how it takes 3-6 hours for it to reach half-life.
Caffeine’s half-life refers to how long it takes for there to be half of the original amount of caffeine in your bloodstream. That means you could end up having to deal with having it in your body for longer than intended if you’re not careful.
Here are the other possible side effects of caffeine:
- Insomnia (difficulty/inability to fall asleep)
- Frequent urination
- Muscle tremors
- Palpitations (fast heartbeat)
- Foul mood
How to avoid getting too much caffeine?
Experts say the average adult can safely drink up to 400mg of caffeine per day. So as long as you don’t go beyond that, you should be safe from the side effects listed above.
Of course, it might be best to check if you’re sensitive to caffeine before anything. That’s because people who have caffeine sensitivity need a lot less caffeine in their bodies to start experiencing the side effects.
Though from this perspective, G Fuel Powder would be the safer choice if you want to limit your caffeine intake.
Because G Fuel Powder contains 140-150mg of caffeine per serving, drinking one will only satisfy 35-37.5 percent of your daily caffeine limit. That’s significantly less than the 50% you’ll get from drinking one serving of Sneak Energy in one sitting.
Conversely, that also means Sneak is better for people who need a more powerful boost in order to stay up or stay focused on difficult tasks.
Sneak vs G Fuel Flavors
As of the moment, Sneak has 12 flavors to choose from. These are:
- Blue Raspberry
- Purple Storm
- Cherry Bomb
- Blxxckout (Blackout)
- Bubblegum Millions
- Strawberry Watermelon
- Strawberry Millions
- Sour Apple
Compared to that, G Fuel Powder has several dozens of flavors for you to choose from. These range from the flavors you’d find in a lot of other brands like the berry flavors, to the more unique ones that are based on video games or collaborations with popular Esports/gaming figures.
As a result, G Fuel Powder has a greater variety of flavors to try. Depending on your preferences, this could mean that you’ll be able to find a flavor that suits you better with G Fuel Powder than with Sneak.
Sneak and G Fuel Powder are strikingly similar. Sneak, on the other hand, has more caffeine to keep you going, whereas G Fuel has a wider range of products to choose from.
I honestly think they’re both good brands that’ll get the job done if you let them. But if I had to choose, I’d probably go with G Fuel since I’m the type who likes bouncing between flavors every now and then.
G Fuel’s 150mg of caffeine per serving also gives me more room to eat chocolate and other caffeine-containing products without feeling guilty. But if I really needed the alertness boost, I’d take Sneak instead.
Still, I think it bears repeating that regardless of how much caffeine is in either brand, you’d still be better off staying away from both if you’re a minor.
If you want an alternate take that also has a taste test, I’d recommend checking out the video.