If you’re an avid gamer you may have heard of Game Fuel (you may even be a fan). For those who aren’t, Game Fuel, as the name suggests, is an energy drink tailored for gamers.
The brand owes its popularity among the gaming crowd to two ingredients: caffeine and L-theanine, which increases alertness and accuracy. But these aren’t the only things contained in a can of Game Fuel.
As such, in this article, we will be looking at Game Fuel’s nutrition facts and what you should watch out for if you’re worried about your health.
To cut a long story short, Game Fuel has 90 calories, a ton of sugar (more than 60% of your daily recommended limit actually), zero fat, zero protein, and a bunch of vitamins.
If you want to know more, read ahead and you will learn all your want to know about Game Fuel nutrition facts.
Why Are Nutrition Fact Labels Important?
If you’re worried about your health (and you should be), it is important to read the nutrition label at the back of the product.
Not only do these labels reveal the percent daily values of the macro-and micronutrients supplied by the product, but it also informs those with dietary restrictions of what they should be avoiding.
It’s a common misconception that only diabetics, people with hypertension, and those watching their calories should pay attention to nutrition labels. But even healthy individuals should do so to maintain their current state of well-being.
A typical nutrition label will list the total calories, total fat, total carbohydrates, total protein, added sugars, and vitamins, which are what we will be looking at today.
Since I’ll only be discussing nutrition facts, I will not go into much detail about the ingredients, we shall save that for a future article.
Game Fuel Nutrition Facts
Now that you start to realize the importance of nutrition facts, here’s a list that can guide you when drinking Game Fuel:
|Standard Value||Per 16 fl.oz can of Game Fuel|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||6.4mg|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)||2.0mg|
How Many Calories Are in Game Fuel?
Game Fuel has 90 calories per container, but most energy drinks typically have 105 to 112 calories.
Keep in mind that everything, and I mean everything has calories. Fat, protein, carbohydrates, and sugar all contain calories, which is just simply a unit of measurement of how much energy you can get from what you’re eating and drinking.
A healthy intake of calories a day is based on your age, metabolism, physical activity, etc, but it’s been recommended that women should get 2,000 calories per day and men get 2,500.
The only way to burn off calories is to exercise. A rigorous 20-minute exercise can burn about 100 calories (this is different from person to person), and a can of Game Fuel has 90 calories.
if you consume more calories than you need, all of it’s going to go to your thighs, your waist, and all the other places where fat loves to go. You can either go for a walk, ride a bike, lift some weights or go swimming, I’ll let you pick your poison.
Total Fat in Game Fuel
The total fat in Game Fuel is zero.
Even though Game Fuel has no fats, this doesn’t mean it wouldn’t make you gain weight. Just as I’ve mentioned in the previous section, calories play a huge role in making you gain weight. So as long as your drink has calories it will still lead to weight gain if you don’t exercise.
One way to burn calories is through exercise, although I doubt you’d have time to do 20 minutes of jumping jacks in between gaming sessions, so I’d say its probably best to stick to a single can a day.
Fats should take up only 20% to 35% from the 2,000 calories you consume in a day, which is somewhere around 44 to 77 grams. However, it’s best to fill your diet with healthy fats instead of bad ones.
Examples of good fats are monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Bad fats, on the other hand, are trans fat and saturated fats.
Sodium in Game Fuel
A can of Game Fuel contains 90mg of sodium. The daily recommended intake of sodium is 2,300mg per day which is equivalent to a teaspoon of salt.
You might think that Game Fuel’s sodium is low, but you have to consider other factors like the food you eat throughout the day. Sadly, Americans usually go beyond this threshold and eat about 3,400mg of sodium each day.
Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. So if you already have high blood pressure, you need to watch your intake of Game Fuel, even if it’s low in sodium. Those numbers add up real fast.
One way of reducing your sodium intake is to limit the amount of salt you add to your food, that way you can drink Game Fuel without having to worry too much about your sodium intake.
Carbohydrates in Game Fuel
There is 24 g of total carbohydrates in a can of Game Fuel which accounts for only 9% of your daily carbohydrate requirement. However, notice how the label failed to mention how much of that amount fulfills your daily sugar requirement.
24 g may not be a lot carb-wise, but notice how 20 g out of that amount is pure added sugar, specifically, high fructose corn syrup (I will explain more about this in depth in the following section).
Carbs should only take up 45% to 65% of daily caloric intake which is 900 to 1,300 calories for every 2,000 calories per day. If you’re measuring it by grams, this means you should only get 225 to 325 grams each day.
Going beyond these constraints can lead to negative effects like feeling tired, thirsty, headaches, and poor digestion.
Added Sugars in Game Fuel
There is a total of 20 g of added sugar in Game Fuel. This added sugar comes primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup which many experts say is twice as bad as regular sugar and twice as deadly.
High fructose corn syrup, aside from being terrible health, has also been linked to obesity, cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an artificial sugar made from corn syrup. Many experts believe that added sugar and HFCS are key factors in today’s obesity epidemic. HFCS and added sugar are also linked to many other serious health issues, including diabetes and heart disease.Healthline
If you’re female 20 g of sugar would already fulfill 80% of your daily sugar needs, and if you’re male the same amount would fulfill 60%.
That’s a lot of sugar especially if you consider the fact that you regularly consume added sugar here and there throughout the day in the form of meals, beverages and snacks.
So you should really watch your sugar intake if you take Game Fuel on the regular because those numbers can add up really fast.
Vitamins in Game Fuel
When talking about vitamins, nutrition labels will often describe them in terms of Percent Daily Value (DV) instead of in weight or volume, although exceptions to the rule exist. Percent Daily Value is just another fancy term for what I always refer to as recommended daily intake.
In the nutrition label of Game Fuel, there are only four vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6.
I’ll be discussing what these vitamins do for you and whether their amounts in Game Fuel are safe, or a cause for concern since that is always something you should worry about when it comes to energy drinks.
The amount of vitamin A that Game Fuel has is 180mcg (micrograms) which accounts for only 20% of your percent daily value.
However, the limit for vitamin A intake is 3,000mcg, and exceeding that amount can make you have hypervitaminosis A.
Excess vitamin A dwells in your liver and as time passes by it gathers more vitamin A. So try to prevent yourself from taking high-dose dietary supplements to avoid problems like these.
Also known as niacin, vitamin B3 is an important nutrient. It helps every part of your body function properly.
Vitamin B3 is water-soluble, your body doesn’t store it so the excess vitamins you get will go out when you go go numero uno. So if you’re urine is yellowish, that’s the excess vitamin B3 being excreted out of your body.
There is only 0.7mg of Vitamin B3 in a can of Game Fuel which accounts for 40% of your daily percent value. This is not a problem since overdose is only typically experienced with amounts up to 3 grams per day or higher.
However, the possibility of liver problems, ulcers, and loss of vision can still happen if you take too much of vitamin B3.
Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid water-soluble that converts foods or carbohydrates into glucose for you to produce energy.
There’s only 2mg of vitamin B5 in Game Fuel which accounts for 40% of your daily percent value. So the risk of overdose is low since that amounts doesn’t reach the recommended limit of 4mg to 7mg for an adult.
Excess vitamin B5 can lead to health problems like diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, and even depression!
When it comes to turning food into energy and helping to create neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, vitamin B6 or pyridoxine comes in handy.
It also has benefits like improving your mood, reducing depression, and improving brain function as well!
Game Fuel has 0.7mg of vitamin B6 which accounts for 40% of your daily percent value. The recommended intake depends on your age, so here’s a list:
|Life Stage||Recommended Amount|
|Birth to 6 months||0.1 mg|
|Infants 7–12 months||0.3 mg|
|Children 1–3 years||0.5 mg|
|Children 4–8 years||0.6 mg|
|Children 9–13 years||1.0 mg|
|Teens 14–18 years (boys)||1.3 mg|
|Teens 14–18 years (girls)||1.2 mg|
|Adults 19–50 years||1.3 mg|
|Adults 51+ years (men)||1.7 mg|
|Adults 51+ years (women)||1.5 mg|
|Pregnant teens and women||1.9 mg|
|Breastfeeding teens and women||2.0 mg|
Game Fuel is an energy drink made specifically for gamers. Due to its availability in commercial grocery stores, it is easily accessible to minors and teenagers.
While caffeine may be bad for individuals under 18, sugar may pose even a much greater threat since that seems to be the most problematic thing I’ve found in Game Fuel’s nutrition label.
Game Fuel is indeed popular among gamers, both young and old, which is why the sugar content is more worrisome. Gamers usually spend 6-10 hours a day in front of their gaming set-up.
Some even go on for days without moving from their seat other than to maybe eat or go to the toilet. Hardcore gamers lead a large sedentary lifestyle, which means all that sugar they consume from those cans of energy drink will more likely add to their waistline and subtract from their lifespan.
Don’t easily fall for false promises or clever taglines. Nutrition labels are not only there because its a rule of law, but its also there to make sure you lead a longer, healthier life.