G Fuel and Monster energy drinks are indeed two big spectacular brands when it comes to energy drinks. Both are great at what they do, providing energy and an increase of focus.
But the real question is, when these two brands go head to head with each other, which one wins?
There’s no straight answer to this. It depends on the preference and choice of drinking the energy drink.
I’ll put two of the biggest energy drink brands together and get into all the details. I’m helping you decide which one is the best pick for you.
Let’s jump right into it.
*This article compares Monster with G Fuel cans. If you’re more interested in G Fuel powder, check out my other article.
Ingredients Of G Fuel Vs. Monster
Let’s take a look at G Fuel and Monster; they’re listed precisely below.
Ingredients Of G Fuel
The following is the list of ingredients used in an average can of G Fuel:
- Carbonated Water
- Malic Acid
- Citric Acid
- Natural and Artificial Flavors
- Sodium Gluconate
- Potassium Beta-Hydroxybutyrate
- Vitamin Blend (Maltodextrin, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12)
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Potassium Sorbet
- Potassium Citrate
- Antioxidant Blend (G Fuel’s formula)
- Green Coffee Bean Extract
- Green Tea Extract
- Turmeric Extract
- Tart Cherry
- Steviol Glycosides
Ingredients Of Monster
Let’s take a look at Monster’s ingredient list:
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid
- Natural Flavours
- Sodium Citrate
- Color Added
- Panax Ginseng Extract
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
- Sorbic Acid
- Benzoic Acid
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Guarana Extract
- Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Nutritional Values Of G Fuel Vs. Monster
I made an easy-to-read table where you’ll both see the nutrition facts of the two energy drinks side by side:
|Nutrients Used||G Fuel Can (16 fl. oz)||Monster (16 fl. oz)|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||4mg||230% of the daily tolerable intake|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||0.4mg||230% of the daily tolerable intake|
|Vitamin B12||0.6mcg||230% of the daily tolerable intake|
Caffeine Content Differences
A 16 fl. oz can of G Fuel has 300mg of caffeine, whereas a 16 fl. oz of Monster has 160mg of caffeine.
G Fuel takes the win when it comes to caffeine content. The energy drink will help in keeping you awake for a more extended period.
But keep in mind that 300mg is a lot of caffeine. It’ll energize you, but try to avoid drinking G Fuel before nighttime, or it might ruin your sleep.
When two of the brands are combined, 160mg of caffeine might not look like much, but it’s a hefty amount of caffeine too. A can of Monster will keep you awake, as well as help you perform better, be it athletic, physical, or mental.
It’s also a wise decision to know your daily caffeine limits. The FDA recommends consuming no more than 400mg of caffeine in a day and not consuming more than 200mg of caffeine in a single sitting.
G Fuel contains 300mg of caffeine, which is less than the daily caffeine limit but more than what you would get from drinking in a single sitting. So it’s best not to drink G Fuel cans in one take.
Caffeine has many advantages, but too much of it can cause serious health problems such as:
- Inability to focus
I suggest not going overboard with any of the energy drinks as both of them are strongly caffeinated.
Sugar Content Differences
G Fuel is entirely sugar-free, whereas Monster has a whopping 54g sugar in each 16 fl. oz can.
Artificial Sweeteners In G Fuel
G Fuel has no added sugar in its energy drinks. The brand artificially sweetens energy drinks by using artificial sweeteners.
G Fuel uses artificial sweeteners like Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium.
Sucralose is a popular zero-calorie sweetener. The most common product of sucralose is Splenda which many diabetic patients use.
Sucralose is 600-700 times sweeter than regular sugar.
Our body doesn’t metabolize sucralose, so it doesn’t add anything to our body fat.
Most commonly known as Ace-K, Acesulfame Potassium is another sweetener used by G Fuel to sweeten its energy drinks.
Ace-K is 200 times sweeter than regular sugar. And there are more than 90 studies that showed and proved that Ace-K is safe to consume.
Sucralose is not metabolized by our body either. This is why I think artificial sweeteners are great for those trying to lose weight but don’t want to give up the sweet tooth.
However, artificial sweeteners can be a great sugar substitute, but there are some harmful effects of the elements too.
Consuming too many artificial sweeteners often can lead to:
- Blurry vision
- Feeling depressed
- Mood swings
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased risk of heart diseases
The FDA has approved both of the sweeteners mentioned above for use in food.
Sugar In Monster
Before I go into the details, let’s know about the sugar limits. The AHA recommends the highest sugar intake of 36g and 25g added sugar a day for men and women.
As for Monster, the drink has surpassed the daily added sugar limits for both men and women. Added sugar means the additional sugar you add to food already sweetened beforehand; chocolates, baked goods, or soft drinks.
If you consume a can of Monster in a day, you’re not only exceeding your sugar intake, but you’re also consuming an excessive amount of added sugar. This puts your health at risk.
Overconsumption of sugar leads to:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Sugar crash
The good news is, Monster comes in a zero-sugar option. Monster Zero Ultra has no additional sugar in it. If you’re a fan of Monster but want to cut off sugar, go for Monster Zero Ultra.
Calories In G Fuel And Monster
G Fuel has no calories, and Monster has 210 calories in a 16 fl. oz can.
The recommended calorie intake per day is 2,500-2,000 calories a day for men and women respectively. This number varies depending on your age, gender, body metabolism, and physical activity.
G Fuel won’t cause any weight gain to your body, regardless of your diet, because the drink has no calories.
But Monster, on the other hand, has 210 calories each serving. That’s approximately one-tenth of the daily calorie intake.
I don’t think drinking a can of Monster a day will cause any significant harm to your diet unless you’re consuming meager calories in a day.
Let’s consider 2,000 calories a standard; drinking a can of Monster will still leave you with almost 1,800 calories to consume. But G Fuel almost doesn’t matter for calories; it has 0 calories.
Keep in mind that drinking high in calories and sugar beverages can lead to weight gain, obesity, or diabetes. If you’re choosing Monster, drink in moderation.
Try to drink just one can of Monster in a day if you want to consume regularly and you’re good to go.
Is G Fuel or Monster Better?
|Prime Ingredients In 16 fl. oz Cans||G Fuel||Monster|
If you took a look at the table, I’d say G Fuel is looking healthier at first glance.
Although there’s no such term as “healthier” in energy drinks, you get the point.
G Fuel has 0 calories for starters, whereas Monster has 210 calories in a single 16 fl. oz can. If you consume low calories in a day, maybe that’ll make the calorie count of Monster an issue for you.
The 300mg caffeine content is very high on G Fuel. Unless you have high caffeine tolerance, you might feel uncomfortable after consuming 300mg of caffeine.
Monster has 160mg of caffeine, which is still a high caffeine content. But when put side by side besides G Fuel, Monster will be a better option for those who don’t like consuming too much caffeine.
G Fuel has no sugar in its energy drinks, as artificial sweeteners sweeten it.
On the other hand, Monster has 54g of sugar, and excessive sugar content if you ask me.
Monster has sugar-free versions of its energy drinks available, so whichever brand you choose is up to you.
G Fuel Energy Drink Taste Test
Almost all the G Fuel energy drinks have a sour yet sweet taste. Not all of the flavors taste the same; it differs from flavor to flavor.
Since G Fuel is carbonated, you get the fizz after opening up a can, which gives you a refreshed feeling.
I think the cans taste best after being frozen for a while. This way, you get the cold, sweet, and sour flavor along with the fizz.
I’ll rate the taste of G Fuel cans a solid 7/10.
Monster Energy Drink Taste Test
Monster has a sweet carbonated taste with a pinch of apple juice.
After drinking multiple cans of Monster, I’d say that apple juice gives the energy drink a fresh and natural flavor.
The apple juice flavor is visible in the energy drink is not too sweet like in other energy drink brands. Monster uses both added sugar and artificial sweeteners in its energy drinks. The drink is sweet, but not overly so, as you’ll notice the bitterness of coffee in it.
In general, Monster has a sweet taste, but it mostly tastes like apple juice.
Monster is just like your traditional energy drink; the only difference is that it has a lot of sugar.
G Fuel Vs. Monster Flavors
Since both of these brands are extremely popular, they offer many flavors and different versions too.
G Fuel Flavors
G Fuel has 20 exciting flavors to choose from, some of which are:
- Blue Ice
- Tropical Rain
- Rainbow Sherbet
- Sour Cherry
- Sour Blue
- Bahama Mama
- Raging Gummy
- Nemesis Tea
Monster has 34 different flavors to choose from:
- Energy Assault
- Mule Ginger Brew
- Zero Sugar
- Zero Ultra
- Ultra Paradise
- Mean Bean
- Vanilla Light
All the flavors mentioned above for G Fuel and Monster are my picks. There are many other flavors available.
Where Can You Buy G Fuel And Monster?
Because the two brands are so popular, you can find them in your local supermarket or shopping mall. Walmart, Best Buy, Dollar Tree, and Target indeed have them. You can check your local gas stations, too, for a can of G Fuel or Monster.
A pack of 4 cans of 16 fl. oz cans of G Fuel costs around $11, making a single G Fuel can’s price at $3.
Monster costs around $38 bucks for 12 cans of 16 fl. oz cans, which makes one can cost about $3.
If you buy online, keep in mind that these prices do not include shipping.
Alternatives To G Fuel And Monster
Here are some energy drinks you can try instead of G Fuel and Monster:
The Bottom Line
These energy drinks have their unique advantages.
G Fuel is the ultimate eSports drink, but Many eSports athletes consume Monster.
G Fuel has 300mg of caffeine, and Monster has 160mg, almost half as G Fuel. G Fuel has no sugar or calories, whereas Monster has 54g sugar and 210 calories.
Consider that Monster has 34 different flavors. There are also zero and no carbohydrate options.
G Fuel also has multiple flavors.
For me, I give G Fuel a solid 8/10 for keeping its energy drinks sugar and calorie-free. And Monster gets a solid 6/10 from me. Monster’s addition of too much sugar and calories is my downfall.
But again, It’s up to you to decide which one is the best energy drink for you.