Investigation: Lab Tests Confirm Spring Energy Misrepresents Carbs and Calories, 7 Other Brands Have Accurate Labels

June 4, 2024

Spring Energy’s Awesome Sauce gel was a product that seemed too good to be true. A staple in many ultrarunners’ nutrition plans, it promised to deliver high carbohydrates and calories in a small package of easy-to-digest applesauce-like gel. The 180-calorie gel offered nearly double that of its competition with 45 grams of carbohydrates and a mouth-feel and consistency tolerable for late in a race, when most foods sound unbearable.

However, multiple third-party tests on Spring Energy’s Awesome Sauce gel confirm Reddit users’ suspicions that calories and carbohydrates are mislabeled. How do other products compare? Should we trust nutrition labels? iRunFar