GU Brew Electrolyte Sports Drink

I learned the hard way that I needed to have some form of carb drink for longer events: on the Otter African Trail Run 2010 a couple of cups of GU Brew at the munchie point made me realise what I was missing!

GU Brew Electrolyte Carbohydrate sports drinkI have since been experimenting with a variety of available sports drinks, GU Brew Electrolyte Sports Drink and Hammer Nutrition’s Perpetuem amongst them. Currently I find that Perpetuem seems to work really well up to a point, and then I need something that is not as “dense” or “heavy”: this is when the GU Brew comes out. On my Otter African Trail Run 2011 I switched between the two with great success.


  • Maltodextrin
  • Fructose
    • Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many foods. It is one of the three important dietary monosaccharides along with glucose and galactose [1].
  • Sodium citrate
  • Citric acid
  • Natural flavor
  • Potassium citrate
  • Annatto
  • Annatto, sometimes called roucou, is a derivative of the achiote trees of tropical regions of the Americas, used to produce a yellow to orange food coloring and also as a flavoring [2]
  • Annatto has been linked to many cases of food-related allergies, and is the only natural food coloring believed to cause as many allergic-type reactions as artificial food coloring. Because it is a natural colorant, companies using annatto may label their products “all natural” or “no artificial colors”. “Natural” does not, of course, mean safe or non-toxic [3]

Remember: race day is not the time to find out that your new “magic potion” does not agree with your body!

R19.95 for 34g sachet @ Sportsmans Warehouse
R249.95 for 910g tub @ Sportsmans Warehouse

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