Gluten-free GU Products: Energy For Athletes

The name certainly doesn’t sound appetizing, but GU is an essential part of many endurance athlete’s fueling.  When running longer distances, biking or participating ih triathlons athletes must consume some type of fuel to keep their bodies going.  Gu provides one such product for that purpose.  

GU Energy Gels are gluten-free and dairy-free, perfect for the Celiac athlete.  There are 10 different flavors of GU energy gels:

Most of the flavors contains some caffeine with the Lemon Sublime & Strawberry Banana being caffeine-free.  The Jet Blackberry has 2x the caffeine for an additional jolt.  The flavor of the gels does take some getting used to, but ask many athletes and they will tell you that they are a necessary part of training.  

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife with two children in Columbus, Ohio. She loves to cook, bake, and try new gluten-free products, recipes and restaurants. Read her blog at: http://glutenfreeislife.com or contact her at kbouldin@gmail.com.
  • Steve says:

    I won’t ride (cycling) without GU, or a comparable product. However, these are one of my favorites. The flavors are actually pretty good. I think what many people have to get used to, is the texture. It’s literally.. GOO (hence the GU name)! Think, cake icing, or spun honey.

    I can certainly verify they work as advertised. I tend to use 1 pack every 10 miles, which is roughly around the 45 minute period they recommend. A few swigs of water + GU and you’re good with a bit of an energy (muscle endurance) recharge.

  • Paige says:

    So relieved to find that GU is gluten free!

    • Tamara says:

      Agreed! I just found out this morning after a YEAR of training with Clif Energy Gels/Bloks that they contain gluten. What I can’t figure out is which ingredient has gluten – maybe the maltodextrin is wheat derived?

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