The staples of any energy drink, bar, or gel are carbohydrates. In this regard, Hammer Nutrition Hammer Energy Gel stands alone in today's glutted market of energy products. A look at the ingredient list on the label will tell you why: Hammer Gel uses long-chain complex carbohydrates for smooth, consistent energy release. There's only a trace of sugar, so Hammer Gel doesn't set off wild insulin spikes causing "sugar high" and "sugar crash." You won't find Hammer Gel’s products saturated with cheap, ineffective, commercial-grade sugars, which can ruin health and performance.
Hammer Gel is an easily digested, concentrated source of complex carbohydrates with four amino acids added to enhance performance and prolong energy levels during intense training and competition. Hammer Gel has a syrup-like consistency that mixes easily with water if so desired. You can drink it straight, dilute it, or use it to flavor other Hammer Nutrition fuels. Use it before, during, and after exercise.
As said, its much less thick than GU. I mix it with water sometimes and have it as a drink. The tropical is delicious...caught myself eating it like candy on more than one occassion! Cramps on long rides are now a thing of the past. Love this stuff.