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How Many Cans of Game Fuel Can You Have a Day?

Game Fuel has been around for a few years, it’s popular, it tastes good and it comes with those nifty features like being spill-proof and having a resealable lid, but those who have made it a part of their daily regime should reconsider.

It goes without saying that energy drinks should neither be used as supplements nor as meal replacements. Game Fuel contains L-theanine which is a popular supplement but Game Fuel also contains caffeine and sugar which come with their own set of problems.

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If you’re familiar with popular energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster, you know that drinking too much can lead to adverse effects. But can you drink more than one can of Game Fuel in a single day?

We’ve already established that you probably shouldn’t be drinking Game Fuel every day, so what I’m about to tell you should come as no surprise.

The short answer would be one. A single can of Game Fuel is enough for you to consume in a day, and you might you have to allot a ton of time in eating healthy and exercising daily to prevent the harmful effects of having more than one can a day.

Saying that you should only take a single can per day, eating healthy, and exercising is a broad answer, so read on to find out more further along the article.

Why Do People Drink Energy Drinks Every Day?

People do a lot of different activities throughout the day, and the reason why they drink such beverage boils down to the most important function of energy drinks — to energize.

Work

Some employees often work overtime and doing so can be exhausting, that’s when energy drinks save the day and give a temporary boost to finish the projects they’re working on.

Also, drivers tend to drink energy drinks as well since it eliminates fatigue and keeps them awake which prevents car accidents.

Sports

Popular energy drinks, like Red Bull, are often promoted in extreme sports. This is because energy drinks increase athletic performance which is a pretty big help for athletes.

According to this article, the percentage of athletes that consume energy drinks during training or before heading out to competition is more than 50%.

In the study, top footballers, climbers, swimmers and basketball, rugby, volleyball, tennis and hockey players took the equivalent of three cans of energy drink or an energy drink placebo before a sports competition.

Sporting performance was measured with the use of GPS devices which determined the distance and the speed at which it was covered in team sports. They also used dynamometers and potentiometers to measure muscle performance in other sports. Published in the ‘British Journal of Nutrition’, the results show that athletes increased their sporting performance by between 3% and 7%.

Athletic Business

College

School may seem fun when you were a kid, but when you enter college that’s when reality starts to hit — and most college students agree with that.

According to studies, 51% of U.S college students have been reported to use energy drinks at least once in the current semester, and 36% of students have consumed one within the past 2 weeks.

College students have to deal with a lot of deadlines, freeloaders, and exams (the scariest of them all.) With all this in mind, an energy boost would mean a lot for college students to study and meet the deadlines of their school works.

Habit

Some people love energy drinks so much that it becomes a habit, in the sense that their day feels empty without gulping a can of energy drink.

This habit is scary since it can lead to serious health problems when not taken care of. However, abstaining from energy drinks is not easy and that habit can soon turn into an addiction.

What Happens if You Drink Game Fuel Every Day?

Drinking energy drinks every day can turn into a habit and those habits gradually make you overconsume energy drinks.

Since energy drinks are high in caffeine and sugar, it can lead to:

In addition, drinking energy drinks every day means you have to spend a lot of money. You’re basically burning your money and causing harm to your health at the same time — not a good deal!

Game Fuel Energy Drink Ingredients

If you want to see the other ingredients of Game Fuel, here’s a list:

  • Carbonated Water
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Phosphates
  • Natural Flavor
  • L-Theanine
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Caffeine (90 mg per can)
  • Gum Arabic
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Sucralose
  • Calcium Disodium Edta
  • Glycerol
  • Ester of Rosin
  • Niacinamide
  • Panax Ginseng Root Extract
  • Calcium Pantothenate
  • Yerba Mate Extract
  • Beta Carotene
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

There’s a lot going on here, and while I will explain it further down the article, have a look at my Game Fuel’s caffeine and ingredients article for a more in-depth discussion as to what exactly each of these ingredients do.

Game Fuel Nutrition Facts

A quick look at Game Fuel

Typical ValuesPer 16 fl.oz can of Game Fuel
Energy90 Calories
Total Fat0g
Carbohydrates24g
Total Sugars23g
Added Sugars20g
Caffeine90mg
Protein0g
Vitamin A180mcg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)6.4mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)2.0mg
Vitamin B60.7mg
Mountain Dew’s Game Fuel Nutrition Facts

How Many Cans Of Game Fuel Should I Drink?

A can of Game Fuel
Is One Can of Game Fuel Enough for a Day or Can You Drink Two?

Based on Game Fuel’s ingredients and nutrition facts, one can of Game Fuel is enough for the day. Doing so will increase your sugar intake and as you can see, Game Fuel has a lot of sugar in it.

However, playing video games often leads you to not be aware of how much food or beverage you’re drinking. This may happen since you’re too focused on the game you’re playing, but this habit needs to stop because it can make you exceed the maximum intake of energy drinks which is 2 cans.

When you drink 2 cans of Game Fuel that doesn’t mean you should drink 2 cans every single day – even if you’re a healthy adult. Make sure that when you drink more than one can of Game Fuel it’s only taken occasionally.

For example, let’s say you’re playing your favorite video game and you have a bunch of foods and some cans of Game Fuel beside you. Since you’re busy

If you think that type of lifestyle is something you can’t handle, then you should better stick with just a single can of Game Fuel.

Can You Drink Game Fuel Every Day?

First and foremost, to build a strong foundation on why Game Fuel should only be consumed once in a single day, you must read its ingredients and nutrition facts.

After all, the information about the functions, benefits, and drawbacks of Game Fuel goes back to what ingredients and nutrition Game Fuel contains.

Game Fuel’s Caffeine Content

Game Fuel has 90 mg of caffeine, not that high when compared to the recommended intake of caffeine which is 400 mg per day for healthy adults (I repeat healthy adults.)

One of the side effects that too much caffeine has is jittery or shaky hands and if you’re a gamer, shaky hands are your nightmare since it affects your gameplay. However, with Game Fuel’s caffeine content, you can reap the benefits of Game Fuel while preventing your hands from shaking.

It’s not recommended for you to consume caffeinated beverages like Game Fuel if you’re pregnant, have an irregular heartbeat, have trouble sleeping, or often feel anxious (caffeine, in general, may worsen symptoms of people who are prone to anxiety.)

Sugar in Game Fuel

Game Fuel has a total sugar of 23g, a ton of it comes from artificial sweeteners or added sugar like high-fructose corn syrup.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Also known as HFCS, high-fructose corn syrup is an artificial sugar made from corn syrup.

It’s been associated with health problems like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes,  high triglyceride levels, and weight gain. These health issues can increase your risk of heart disease.

What makes HFCS worse is that it doesn’t add any nutrition value to your body since it produces empty calories – its only purpose is to make the energy drink taste better.

Mayo Clinic greatly explained empty calories and what drinks contain it, here’s the video for you to enjoy:


Mayo Clinic Minute: Are you drinking empty calories?

Supplements in Game Fuel

Supplements help enhance Game Fuel, different benefits may vary depending on what supplement Game Fuel contains. I’ll explain it further as you read on.

L-Theanine

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Often found in tea, l-theanine improves mental function. It’s also been said that l-theanine is used for anxiety and stress, but WebMD stated that no good scientific evidence has supported these claims yet.

Even if there isn’t any reliable information, pregnant and nursing women are advised not to consume l-theanine, so if you don’t want to take the risk it’s much better to avoid it. People with low blood pressure should also be aware that taking l-theanine might worsen their blood pressure.

Panax Ginseng

The most commonly used species of ginseng, Panax ginseng is a common herb used for both medicinal and culinary purposes, and it’s extracted from the root of the ginseng plant.

Sadly, ginseng doesn’t enhance physical performance. But on the brighter side, ginseng may boost your brainpower – which is a lot more useful if you happen to be doing more mentally heavy tasks.

Keep in mind that ginseng is not a miracle drug, some claims are not backed with scientific research so be aware to take its supposed benefits with a grain of salt.

Yerba Mate

Made from the dried leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant, yerba mate has a lot of benefits to offer.

It’s rich in antioxidants, can boost energy, improves mental focus, enhances physical performance, and many more which you can see here.

Yerba mate should be only taken occasionally since too much yerba mate may lead to side effects, not too dissimilar to caffeine-related side effects, and even cancer (although you would have to be drinking 1 to 2 liters of yerba mate daily for that to happen).

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin A is fat-soluble and it plays an important role in your body. It supports cell growth, immune function, fetal development, and eye health/vision.

Lack of vitamin A can put you at risk and make you experience symptoms such as:

  • Dry skin
  • Dry eyes
  • Night blindness
  • Delayed growth

900 mcg for men and 700 mcg for women is considered as the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin A. Exceeding this limit can be dangerous as it can lead to liver damage and nausea.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is a B-Vitamin that may help lower cholesterol, ease arthritis, and boost brain function.

Lack of vitamin B3 can lead to deficiency, which can be determined when you’re experiencing:

  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Memory loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin problems

With regards to how much you need, it actually depends on your age. The Harvard Health page explains it explicitly and you can read it here.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

Another B-Vitamin, Vtaimin B5 (Pantonthenic Acid) is vital for making blood cells and converting food into energy. Having a healthy digestive tract, skin, hair, and eyes is also one of the benefits you can get from this vitamin.

If you don’t consume enough vitamin B5 in your diet, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Impaired muscle coordination
  • Gastrointestinal problems

The recommended intake for vitamin B5 also varies, but for most adults, 5mg is the limit.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

The last vitamin that Game Fuel contains is vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, it has several functions like creating red blood cells and neurotransmitters which can help the body.

Your body cannot produce vitamin B6 by itself, which is why you need to take it from food sources or supplements.

Vitamin B6 may reduce symptoms of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and prevent/treat anemia. Not getting enough of this vitamin will lead to a lower than average hemoglobin count.

However, taking more than 1000mg daily limit of supplemental vitamin B6 may lead to side effects such as:

  •  Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Tingling
  • Sleepiness

Alternatives

Drinking more than one can of Game Fuel is not healthy, but there are alternative beverages that you can take twice a day! Here’s a table which shows different beverages and their benefits:

Healthy BeverageBenefits
Fresh JuiceEasy way to obtain a lot of nutrients, lots of juice choices, and packed with soluble fiber.
Ginger Root TeaPrevents heart attacks, lowers cholesterol, relieves heartburn, and improves blood circulation.
WaterBoosts skin health and beauty, regulates body temperature, flushes, body waste, and prevents kidney damage.
Alternatives to Energy Drinks

Conclusion

Just like any other energy drink, you should ideally not be having more than one can of Game Fuel a day, but I can see why some people have trouble resisting the temptation to go a little bit over that amount.

Energy drinks are a convenient substitute for coffee or tea, which a lot of us simply don’t have the time or energy to bother with every time the need for caffeine arises.

The general rule of thumb is to not exceed one can, two maximum even if it has zero sugar, as caffeine can be a dangerous substance to overdose on, and you’ll also develop a tolerance to it which means soon you’ll be needing more than your usual two cans to get that caffeine hit.

So drink responsibly and make good choices. If you really need Game Fuel to help keep you awake during battle royales, opt for Game Fuel Zero Sugar, so that at least you don’t have to worry about gaining those extra pounds.

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About Adrian Carter

Adrian writes about energy drinks and their ingredients to shine a light on the facts behind the brand names.

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