Our product development team understands the importance of using high-quality ingredients. As an athlete, it’s essential that you know exactly what you’re putting in your body as fuel. We want to make it clear to you which of our products have animal sourced ingredients and which are vegan-friendly.
Some of our vegan-friendly products are manufactured in facilities that share equipment with other non-vegan ingredients. We want to let you know, so you can make the best decision according to your own dietary preference.
In 2015, one of our employees and long-time plant-powered athlete posed a question, “why aren’t our Energy Gels vegan?” This question prompted our R&D team to take a closer look at our ingredients, specifically amino acids, which are critical components of our products. One essential amino acid, leucine, is responsible for initiating protein synthesis, the process through which your muscles rebuild and get stronger. There are both plant-sourced and animal-sourced leucine, and many products use the more accessible animal-sourced leucine.
However, our R&D team wasn’t willing to sacrifice quality for convenience, so they worked tirelessly to create a fast dissolving plant-extracted leucine. Now, we can add leucine and make vegan products without compromising performance!
To learn more about the different vocabulary associated with our products, check out our Nutrition Lab glossary here!
There are three key areas where GU products may prove most beneficial: Hydration, Energy, and Recovery. We submit the following guidelines for parents of young athletes (6-17 years of age) when choosing GU products.
Aged for 25 years, the complexity of the fragrance and flavor presented by these Energy Gels was influenced by their barrels, which were crafted from local eucalyptus. According to our resident GUmolier, the Energy Gels have “mellowed to deliver a sophisticated, subtle mouthfeel.”
Chocolate Outrage has matured with notes of rich, baked cocoa, while the traditional Vanilla Beanhas ripened to feature buttery notes reminiscent of smooth coconut.