G-Fuel vs. Red Bull (Which One’s Better?)

G Fuel vs Red Bull

G-Fuel and Red Bull are the two most well-known energy drinks, and you might have a hard time choosing between the two. Both drinks have their unique strengths and guaranteed energy boosts.

Right now, you might be choosing between G-Fuel or Red Bull, and I’ll help you decide which one is better.

To give you a quick insight, this still depends on your personal preferences and taste.

Throughout this article, I’ll be laying out important information about G-Fuel and Red Bull. Hopefully, these facts will help you get to your final decision.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients Comparisson Between G-Fuel vs. Red Bull

Before we get into the nutritional value of each drink, let’s see what goes into G-Fuel and Red Bull.

G-Fuel’s Ingredients

Listed below are the ingredients included in one serving of G-Fuel:

  • Carbonated Water
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors
  • Sodium Gluconate
  • Malic Acid
  • Caffeine (PureCaf)
  • Potassium Beta-Hydroxybutyrate
  • Vitamin Blend (Maltodextrin, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12)
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Sucralose
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Citric Acid
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Antioxidant Blend (G-Fuel’s Formula)
  • L-Theanine (Suntheanine)
  • Steviol Glycosides

You can see the list of ingredients behind the can:

G-Fuel Ingredients on the can.

Red Bull’s Ingredients

Here’s the list of ingredients for Red Bull Energy:

  • Carbonated Water
  • Sucrose
  • Glucose
  • Citric Acid
  • Taurine
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Caffeine
  • Niacinamide
  • Calcium Pantothenate
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B12
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors
  • Colors

You can also see the list for yourself on the can:

Red Bull’s Ingredients on the can.

G-Fuel vs. Red Bull: Nutritional Facts

After looking at the ingredients of both G-Fuel and Red Bull, it’s time to check the nutrition information. For an easier view, here’s a side by side comparison of the two labels:

NutrientsG-Fuel Amount Per Serving (16fl oz.)G-Fuel % Daily ValueRed Bull Amount Per ServingRed Bull % Daily Value*
Calories0110
Total Fat0g0%0g0%
Sodium70mg3%105mg4%
Total Carbohydrates0g0%28g9%
Sugars27g
Protein0g<1g
Niacin4g25%100%
Vitamin B120.6mcg25%80%
Vitamin B60.4mg25%250%
Pantothenic Acid50%
Vitamin C45mg50%
Potassium85mg2%
The Nutrition Value of G-Fuel vs Red Bull

If you want to see these for yourselves, you may check them on the back of their cans:

G-Fuel Nutrition Facts
Red Bull’s Nutrition Facts

The Caffeine Content in G-Fuel vs. Red Bull

Per 16fl oz. can of G-Fuel, you’re getting 300mg of caffeine, while Red Bull offers 80mg in an 8.4fl oz. serving.

If you’re not great with handling caffeine, Red Bull might be your way to go since 300mg of caffeine is no joke, and it’s a pretty hefty amount to consume. Otherwise, G-Fuel is safe if you can handle a huge amount.

Comparing it to the FDA’s recommended amount for an average adult, 400mg of caffeine is the maximum per day, and the amount of caffeine G-Fuel has is close to that number.

Despite that, as long as you consume both energy drinks in moderation, the caffeine content will have a good effect on your health:

  • Improved Energy Levels
  • Improved Brain Function
  • Burnt Fat
  • Better Physical Performance
  • Included Essential Nutrients
  • Included Antioxidants
  • Lowered Risks of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lowered Risks of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Lessened Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lessened Risks of Dementia
  • Protected Liver
  • Decreased Risks of Cancer
  • Decreased Risks of Stroke

On the other hand, if you consume an excessive amount, negative effects will persist:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Muscle Breakdown
  • Addiction
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination
A well-known source of caffeine is coffee beans

The Sugar Content in G-Fuel vs. Red Bull

G-Fuel is a sugar-free drink that contains artificial sweeteners, while Red Bull has 27g of sugar. However, Red Bull has a sugar-free option as well.

If we’re only going to base it on the regular cans they have, G-Fuel gets the win for this. However, I’ll discuss the added artificial sweetener later to clarify some points.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the recommended amount for women is 25g of sugar and 36g for men. The hefty amount of sugar in Red Bull is too much, and it may cause negative effects on your body.

There are amazing benefits you can get from having less consumption of sugar or going sugar-free, and these are not limited to:

  • Less Headaches
  • Higher Energy
  • Improved Mental State
  • Lesser Mood Swings
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthier Skin
Sugar is usually replaced with Artificial Sweeteners in Sugar-Free drinks.

Sucralose in G-Fuel

As mentioned earlier, G-Fuel has an artificial sweetener, to make up for the lack of sugar in sugar-free beverages.

Sucralose is chemically changed to be 400-700 times sweeter than regular sugar, and it has zero calories, which is one of the benefits you can get from Sucralose than sugar.

Similarly, too much consumption of artificial sweeteners like Sucralose may lead to unwanted effects on your body:

  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Migraines
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Blurred Vision
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Higher Blood Sugar Levels
  • Weight Gain
  • Higher Risks of Type 2 Diabetes

To learn more about Sucralose, I highly recommend watching the short video below if you have some time to spare:

Sucralose (Splenda): Healthy or Unhealthy?

Calorie Comparison of G-Fuel and Red Bull

G-Fuel has 0 calories, while Red Bull has 110 calories in one can.

In terms of intake, the recommended amount is 2,000 if you’re a woman and 2,500 if you’re a man. Apart from this, take your metabolism and health as factors.

Although Red Bull has more calories than G-Fuel, it’s not a dangerous amount if we compare it to the recommended serving daily.

So, when drinking Red Bull, the caloric count won’t worry unless you consume it more than once daily, which I don’t recommend you do.

G-Fuel, on the other hand, has 0 calories. This means that you don’t risk weight gain.

In my opinion, I’d worry more about the heavy amount of caffeine in G-Fuel rather than the 110 calories included in Red Bull because caffeine is a stimulant that can very much affect your physical performance.

If you want to know other zero-calorie energy drinks, read this article I wrote: Best Zero-Calorie Energy Drinks (No Sugar)

G-Fuel VS. Red Bull Taste Test

Both G-Fuel and Red Bull have their own unique tastes.

To be more specific, Red Bull tastes more like sour soda with a sweet, somehow metallic, and tangy aftertaste. It reminds me of lemonade because of how sour it tastes, and you can also feel the caffeine 15 mins after consuming it.

G-Fuel, on the other hand, also tastes sour but it doesn’t have any terrible aftertaste. G-Fuel Energy doesn’t have a metallic aftertaste. However, if you decide to try G-Fuel powder, there would be a chalky texture that can be distracting to the main flavor.

All in all, both drinks have their own perks, so be sure to try the different flavors.

If you want to know more about G-Fuel Powder, check this article I wrote: Best G Fuel Powder Flavors (Ultimate Guide)

G-Fuel and Red Bull Flavor Comparison

G Fuel has more variety than Red Bull when it comes to their flavors, and the list of each are included below.

G-Fuel Flavors

G-Fuel has about 20 flavors in total, and the canned version has some of the following flavors:

  • FaZeberry
  • Blue Ice
  • Sour Cherry
  • Rainbow Sherbet
  • Bobby Boysenberry
  • Bahama Mama Cans
  • Wumpa Fruit Cans
  • Ragin’ Gummy Fish Cans

Red Bull Flavors

On the flip side, Red Bull has 16 flavors:

  • Cola
  • Yellow Edition
  • Orange Edition
  • Grapefruit Twist Summer Edition
  • Blue Edition
  • Green Edition
  • Red Edition
  • Coconut Berry Summer Edition
  • Zero-Calorie Orange and Cherry Editions
  • Sugar-Free Purple Edition
  • Sugar-Free Lime Edition
  • Red Bull Original
  • Sugar-Free Red Bull
  • Red Bull Zero
  • Silver Edition

Where Can You Purchase G-Fuel and Red Bull?

Both of the drinks can be found being sold in physical stores such as the following:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Walmart
  • Best Buy
  • Dollar Tree
  • Target

The ones listed are just a few of the stores where these drinks are available in. G-Fuel has its own store locator on its website.

If you can’t go to the stores themselves, you can always buy them online on G-Fuel‘s official website and Red Bull on online shopping platforms like Amazon.

G-Fuel VS. Red Bull Price Test

The price of 16fl. oz. cans of G-Fuel and 12fl. oz cans of Red Bull are similar, both costing under $3.

G-Fuel’s site sells a 12 pack of 16fl. oz. cans at around $32, while a 24 pack of 12fl. oz. of Red Bull costs around $60 on Amazon.

Both energy drinks are cheap and worth your money. However, if this doesn’t seem like the right option for you, you can always check physical stores and the other sites I listed above.

Which One’s Better: G-Fuel or Red Bull?

To recap what I’ve explained throughout this article, here is a table for you to view them easily:

IngredientsG-FuelRed Bull
Caffeine300mg80mg
Sugar0g27g
Calories0110
Ingredients Comparison of G-Fuel vs Red Bull

Even though G-Fuel has zero calories and sugar, I can say that Red Bull is healthier to drink. However, this still depends on what you find in an energy drink.

Taking a look at G-Fuel, if you’re someone who’s trying to lose some weight and trying to avoid sugar and calories as much as possible, this would be a good drink for that.

On the flip side, Red Bull is a little bit too much, especially because of the sugar content, which is 27g.

On top of this, when looking for a powerful energy booster for your intense activities, G-Fuel has a lot more than Red Bull, which would be a plus for that situation.

Although if you take it the other way around, G-Fuel has a very hefty amount of caffeine, which is very close to the safe amount that the FDA has recommended.

More so, if you’re between very sensitive to average when it comes to your caffeine sensitivity, you might want to pick Red Bull instead of G-Fuel.

For me, I’d actually go for Red Bull if we’re talking about which one’s healthier to drink more often. However, if I’m after something to help me avoid the additional weight and get a strong kick of energy, then G-Fuel would be the way to go.

Alternatives to G-Fuel and Red Bull

Assorted Brands of Energy Drinks

If you think that G-Fuel and Red Bull isn’t for you, you can try the following energy drinks:

Final Verdict

Both G-Fuel and Red Bull are good drinks, and they both have their perks for different situations.

G-Fuel is the energy drink for you if you’re really trying to get a large amount of caffeine to boost your energy.

On top of this, there’s absolutely no sugar and calories included in the drink. However, the hefty amount of caffeine might be a little too much for most people who don’t rely on caffeine that much.

With that, I’ll give G-Fuel a 7/10 in this match-up. G-Fuel is sugar and calorie-free, but the caffeine content can be a problem, especially when the drink isn’t consumed in moderation.

Red Bull would be the energy drink for people who are casually trying to get boosted or people who are sensitive to caffeine.

The caffeine content is a healthier amount compared to G-Fuel. Although, the sugar content is a problem because it exceeds the maximum amount for women.

Red Bull deserves an 8/10 for me. The main reason why I gave it a higher score than G-Fuel is that Red Bull, as mentioned earlier, also has a sugar-free option.

On top of this, the caffeine is a safer amount than the other, but I could’ve given it a higher score if the caffeine is a tad bit higher.

All in all, it still depends on what you’re looking for in an energy drink. We all have different preferences, and it’s up to you which one is the better energy drink.

That being said, grab a can of your winning drink and stay caffeinated.

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Jenny

The only thing I like more than a delicious energy drink is uncovering the TRUTH about energy drinks. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I like to share the facts that I uncover and I hope you find my words interesting and useful.

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