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e-Fuel Endurance Blend
vs.
GQ-6 Hydration Base

The facts: GQ-6 has approximately twice the percentage of simple sugars but less than half the energy (carb calories) compared to e-Fuel. e-Fuel on the other hand has 3 times as many complex carbs for sustained energy without blood sugar spikes (read more about why complex carbs are preferred to simple sugars)

e-Fuel is all natural with NO artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners and costs about 30% less than GQ-6 Hydration Base.
 
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e-Fuel

GQ-6
   
Carbohydrates

  Calories (8 oz serving*) 80 38
  Complex Carbs 14 g 5 g
  Sugars (% of total carbs) 29% 50% sugar
  Carb Sources Maltodextrin
Fructose
Maltodextrin
Sucrose
Fructose
      Note: These numbers are based on 1 scoop of GQ-6 per 24 oz water. If you increase the strength, the numbers will increase accordingly. See footnote below.*
 

Maltodextrin is the preferred carbohydrate source for endurance athletes and as such it is the primary ingredient in e-Fuel as well as most other good products on the market. GQ-6 is 50% simple sugars. The danger of high sugar content products is that they can elevate your blood sugar level too far too fast which can lead to a sugar crash (also known as bonking). Higher sugar content also raises the osmolality of the product which can reduce energy delivery, delay fluid absorption and promote dehydration.
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Electrolytes    
  Sodium 150 mg 180 mg
  Potassium 60 mg 40 mg
  e-Fuel is designed to provide complete and balanced electrolyte replacement that is critical for proper hydration and to avoid muscle cramping and injuries. The sodium and potassium levels in e-Fuel are designed to meet the American College of Sports Medicine's recommendation for electrolyte replacement during intense athletic activity.

Citrates    
  Sodium Citrate
  Potassium Citrate
  Citric Acid
  The Citrates in e-Fuel assist in the carbohydrate to energy conversion process as well as reduce and slow the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles.

Antioxidants    
  Vitamin E 60% 0%
  Vitamin C 60% 0%
  e-Fuel is one of the few sports drinks on the market that contains antioxidant vitamins C and E to help protect against tissue damage, reduce soreness and aid in the recovery process.

Protein 0 g 0 g
  Neither GQ-6 or e-Fuel contain protein but there is a lot of mis-information that has been published regarding the benefits of protein in your sports drink. Protein has to go through a digestive process which draws blood away from working muscles to the stomach and intestines. When you are competing in an aerobic activity you want as much blood as possible supplied to your muscles carrying fresh oxygen for the energy conversion process. Consequently, independent studies have found no benefit of protein in a sports drink. Save the protein for your recovery drink. See the following article from the American College of Sports Medicine for a more complete discussion:

American College of Sports Medicine
Failure of Protein to Improve Performance when Added to a Sports Drink

Science Daily
Protein-added Sports Drinks Don't Boost Performance

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*The nutritional information shown above for GQ-6 Hydration Base is for an 8 oz serving as published March 2017 based on one scoop per 24 ounce serving. The manufacturer's recommended use is 1 scoop for 16-24 oz of water. If you choose to mix it at the stronger strength (1 scoop per 16 oz, then the above numbers would all be 50% higher). Please refer to the manufacturer's web site or product packaging for the most recent information.

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