A can of 16 fl. oz Game Fuel contains 90 calories, 90 mg of caffeine, 23 g of sugar, and B-Vitamins designed to level up your game performance.
It is stuffed with healthy ingredients and some dose of caffeine to help you stay awake, alert, and lively throughout a game performance.
The strength of caffeine in a 16 fl. oz Game Fuel is equivalent to a 12 oz cup of coffee that takes about 15 to 45 minutes to feel the full effects.
A can of Game Fuel is packed with rich ingredients such as Panax Ginseng, B-Vitamins, L-Theanine, Yerba Mate extract, white grape juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), acesulfame potassium, gum arabic, and sucralose.
I’m pretty sure you are curious to know what makes the drink so special, why it’s so popular, and whether it really does achieve what it claims.
So, hang tight!
Game Fuel Ingredients
Here is a list of the ingredients found in Game Fuel.
- Carbonated Water
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- White Grape Juice Concentrate
- Citric Acid
- Sodium Polyphosphates (To Protect Flavor)
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Gum Arabic
- Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness)
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Glycerol Ester of Rosin
- Calcium Disodium EDTA (To Protect Flavor)
- Panax Ginseng Root Extract
- Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate
- Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5)
- Yerba Mate Extract
- Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)
- Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
Notable Ingredients in Game Fuel
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green or black tea leaves and mushrooms. It is known for helping people relax and for relieving stress and anxiety.
L-Theanine is a common ingredient for all the drinks under the Game Fuel brand. The combination of caffeine and L-Theanine in Game Fuel can help improve cognitive performance and gain better focus.
It reduces both psychological and physiological responses to stress and negative emotions. Other benefits of L-Theanine includes:
- improved immune system
- blood pressure management
- amplifies certain tumor effects of chemotherapy drugs
However, it is important to realize that most of the associated benefits of L-Theanine requires further research. Also, there is no conclusive research about the safe dosage for L-Theamine.
I personally think it would be helpful to follow the caffeine consumption guidelines, especially when drinking energy drinks.
Panax Ginseng Root Extract
The root extract of Panax Ginseng has medicinal properties – Asian Ginseng also known as Panax Ginseng has an invigorating effect making it a perfect blend in energy drinks such as Game Fuel.
Some of the possible health benefits associated with Panax Ginseng includes:
- reduced inflammation
- improved libido or sex drive in people with erectile dysfunction
- reduced overall fatigue
- improved glucose metabolism
- improved cognitive function
As a side note, we don’t know yet if there is a significant amount of Panax Ginseng present in Game Fuel for you to receive most of the benefits.
As for balance, some of the common side effects of Panax Ginseng includes:
- breast pain
- high or low blood pressure
- increased heart rate
- loss of appetite
The recommended dosage for Panax Ginseng varies. For example, for the purpose of improving cognitive skills, 200 to 400 mg per day for 12 weeks is the recommended intake.
Yerba Mate Extract
Yerba mate is described as something that has the strength of coffee, health benefits of tea, and the joy of chocolate.
It contains caffeine and other chemicals that stimulates the heart, brain, blood vessels, muscles lining, and other parts of the body.
Yerba mate is a type of tea that is sourced from dried leaves and twigs of the llex paraguariensis plant. It also contains several plant nutrients such as saponins, polyphenols, caffeol derivatives, and xanthines which are all powerful antioxidants.
Some of the top health benefits of yerba mate includes:
- boost energy
- improved mental function
- enhanced physical performance
- boost immune system
- boost metabolism
- protect against certain infections
If you are a healthy adult, yerba mate is unlikely to give you symptoms as long as you only drink it occasionally. Frequent intake of yerba mate may increase cancer risks and other caffeine-related conditions.
However, if you want to give yerba a try to experience some of its health benefits, I recommend a small dosage which can be found in Game Fuel.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a liquid artificial sugar made from corn syrup.
The two most common variants used in beverages are HFCS-42 and HFCS-55 – HCFS-42 contains 42% fructose and HFCS-55 has 55% of the same and the rest of the composition is mostly glucose. HFCS is associated with obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other serious health issues.
Just so you know, HFCS is a fast-burning fuel making it a safe ingredient for energy and other caffeinated drinks. Rest assured, there’s nothing in Game Fuel that may cause serious alarm.
Sucralose is one of the artificial sweeteners found in Game Fuel. It is a non-calorie sweetener that is 400 to 700 times sweeter than sugar without the bitter aftertaste.
Sucralose has little to no effects on blood sugar and insulin level but the effects will also depend if you’re used to consuming artificial sweeteners.
If you’re used to it, you probably won’t feel any effect.
It is undeniably true that sucralose is controversial. Some say it’s harmless, and others claim that may have some effects on your metabolism.
The long-term effect of sucralose is unclear and FDA do consider it safe to use.
Acesulfame potassium is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is used to sweeten food and beverages without adding calories.
It works by stimulating the sweet-taste receptor on the tongue for you to enjoy the sweetness without consuming sugar.
Acesulfame potassium or ace-K is blended with other artificial sweeteners such as sucralose to mask the bitter aftertaste.
There are a few controversies that surround acesulfame potassium. However, the FDA do consider it safe to use after a series of studies.
The US FDA recommend an acceptable intake of 15 mg/kg of body weight per day.
White Grape Juice Concentrate
White grape juice concentrate is made of 100% pure fruit juice – all-natural, no added sugar, and no preservatives or additives.
Some of the possible health benefits of white grape juice include:
- improved heart health
- reduced risk of disease
- prevent urinary tract infection
- lower blood pressure
White grape juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C and a high level of antioxidants which make it a perfect ingredient in Game Fuel.
B-Vitamins have a key role in metabolism, creating new blood cells, and maintaining skin cells, brain cells, and other body tissues.
B-Vitamins play a key role in energy metabolism. They are also water-soluble which makes them a safe ingredient in energy drinks.
Here are the B-Vitamins found in a can of 8 fl. oz Game Fuel:
|B-Vitamins||Per Serving||Per Container|
|Vitamin A||90 mcg||180 mcg|
|Niacin||3.2 mg||6.4 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.3 mg||0.7 mg|
|Pantothenic Acid||1 mg||2 mg|
Gum Arabic (GA) is a plant-derived fiber that is used as a natural thickening agent and binder to hold ingredients together in food and drinks.
It is a water-soluble ingredient which is good news if you are a vegan. GA is also gluten-free and is safe to consume in appropriate/small amounts.
That being said, Game Fuel is one of the few gluten-free and vegan drinks that you can have.
Some of the benefits of GA in food and drinks include:
- source of prebiotic and soluble fiber
- promote weight loss and prevent obesity
- regulate cholesterol levels
- fight insulin resistance
- reduce skin inflammation and redness
In my opinion, it is hard to tell if you can get the full benefits of GA as we do not know how much exactly is in a can of Game Fuel. Rest assured, the amount of GA in Game Fuel is safe to consume.
Game Fuel Nutrition Facts
Here’s a nutrition facts for a 16 fl. oz. can of Game Fuel:
|Total fat||0 mg|
|Total Carbohydrate||24 g|
|Total Sugar||23 g|
|Vitamin A||180 µg|
|Vitamin B3/Niacin||6.4 mg|
|Vitamin B5/Pantothenic Acid||2 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.68 mg|
|Added Sugar||20 g|
How Many Calories Are There in Game Fuel?
A can of 8 fl. oz Game fuel contains 90 calories.
As you can see, Game Fuel isn’t that calorie-heavy compared to other energy drinks available.
The FDA proposes an intake of 2200-2800 calories per day for moderately active men and 1800-2000 calories for women. However, the recommended intake varies depending on your age and activity level.
I get it…
Game Fuel doesn’t take up too much of your recommended calories per day. But still, I do not drinking too much of it to avoid any side effects.
How much Sugar Does Game Fuel Have?
A can of 8 fl. oz Game Fuel contains 23 grams of sugar which is lower compared to other energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and NOS.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 36 g of added sugar for men and 25 g for women per day.
A can of Game Fuel is barely below the recommended daily sugar intake which means that consuming more than one can a day puts at risk of certain conditions.
And if you decide to drink the whole can, you’ll have to watch out for the sugar content of other food that you have throughout the course of the day.
Too much of everything is always a disaster, and in this case, too much sugar puts you at risk of many diseases such as:
- cardiovascular distress
- pancreatic cancer
- insulin resistance
Game Fuel Caffeine Content
Each can of 16 fl.oz Game Fuel contains 90 mg caffeine which is considered low if compared to other energy drinks.
The caffeine content in energy drinks usually ranges from 50 to 300 mg per 16 fl. oz. That being said, the caffeine in Game Fuel is pretty mild – similar to a cup of coffee.
Honestly, I prefer energy drinks with 50 to 100 mg caffeine per serving, that amount of caffeine is about right to give me a good boost, without the headache.
Of course, we all have different caffeine metabolism, and you might need more than a can of Game Fuel to get the full effects.
Here are some of the possible health benefits of caffeine:
- improved energy level
- boost metabolic rate
- improved physical performance
It is important to follow the proposed daily caffeine intake to avoid the following symptoms:
- digestive issues
- frequent urination
- increased heart rate
- muscle tremor
Are the Artificial Sweeteners in Game Fuel Bad For You?
Acesulfame potassium and sucralose are the artificial sweeteners found in Game Fuel. Both are zero calories sweeteners which is an advantage if you’re calorie-conscious.
Everyone has mixed opinions about the use of acesulfame potassium and sucralose in food and beverages, however, the FDA has approved them for general.
So, having a can of Game Fuel once in a while is safe.
And generally speaking, limit your intake of food and beverages with artificial sweeteners, just to be sure.
Does Game Fuel Really Work?
Short Answer: Game Fuel works as long as you intend to consume the right amount.
It works best if you take little swigs of it during your prolonged gaming session and any other task that you need to focus on.
Game Fuel is designed for gamers to enhance focus and mental endurance for virtual battles.
The caffeine content in Game Fuel is just about right to help you focus on your game for a couple of hours.
In my case, a can of Game Fuel took about half an hour to kick in and gave me at least 5 hours of good energy.
However, your case might be different – perhaps you’ll need more than a can to get the full boost.
As a side note, if you’re curious to know if video game drinks really work, give this video a watch!
Is Game Fuel Healthy?
From my standpoint, I’ll say energy drinks including Game Fuel are not that healthy but it promises to give you the energy boost that you need for a few hours.
Game Fuel makes the bold claim of increasing the alertness and accuracy of the consumer.
The combination of caffeine and L-theanine as the main ingredients to back up these claims, as some studies have shown that these ingredients can reduce stress and improve focus.
Caffeine levels peak after 60–90 minutes of consumption. Thus, any cognitive effects would be expected to occur in the short term.
That, along with the fact that studies haven’t shown a direct proportionality between caffeine dosage and an individual’s performance, brings the whole “drinking it slowly” thing into perspective.
For adults, drinking a can of Game Fuel is perfectly safe. Overindulging and drinking more is not a good idea though.
Game Fuel vs. Other Energy Drinks
To get a better view of things, take a look at this table comparing the caffeine, sugar, and calorie content in a 16 fl. oz. of Game Fuel along with other popular energy drinks.
|Energy Drink||Calories||Added Sugar||Caffeine|
|Game Fuel||90||23 g||90 mg|
|Red Bull||220||53 g||151 mg|
|NOS||210||53 g||160 mg|
|Celsius Heat||0||0 g||300 mg|
|Bang||0||0 g||300 mg|
|Rockstar Original||270||63 g||160 mg|
|Monster||230||24 g||160 mg|
Other Alternatives for Game Fuel
If you feel like Game Fuel is not to your preference, I recommend the following brand of energy drinks as alternatives:
- Red Bull
- 3D Energy
The Bottom Line
The caffeine content and other ingredients in Game Fuel is sufficient to give you a quick boost for a few hours.
There is nothing in Game Fuel that can lead to major health issues as long as you stick to one can per day.
You can probably have more than one can a day, if you have higher caffeine tolerance – I personally think it’s a pretty bad idea.
You shouldn’t be drinking too much caffeinated beverage for various health reasons.
I reckon Game Fuel is not bad at all, if you consume it responsibly. And true! We can’t really claim that it is a healthy drink considering the amount of additives in the ingredients.
But it is infused with B-Vitamins that can help level up your overall performance.
I strongly suggest taking a closer look at the breakdown of the ingredients, especially the caffeine content. It will come in handy if you’re wondering whether the beverage actually works.
Have a good drink!