GU Energy Chews are an alternative to energy gels when trying to stay energized during long exercise sessions. They are designed to have one serving, eight chews, every 45 minutes while exercising. Each bag has two servings, so you’ll have enough fuel for even your longest training sessions or races.
Each GU Energy Chew has branched-chain amino acids, carbohydrates, and electrolytes. The strawberry flavor also has caffeine. GU Chews use two types of carbohydrates (maltodextrin and fructose) in non-competing pathways to maximize absorption.
According to GU, the branched-chain amino acids might help to reduce mental fatigue, decrease muscle damage and jump-start recovery. Finally, the chews have sodium to replace what is lost in sweat and help with hydration. GU reports that the chews will take about 10-15 minutes to have an impact when taken on an empty stomach.
The chews have very mixed reviews on taste. Many people found the chews tasty and easy to eat while on runs or bikes. They liked that the chews were much less messy than the gels. However, some people found the pouch difficult to open, but buyers fixed this problem by cutting open the bag prior to their workout for easier access to the chews. They also found them very chewy, dense, and sticky, to the point they are difficult to eat while exercising.