Reviewed: Level Life Glucose Gel
I’ve spent a good chunk of my eighteen years with diabetes trying to find something I actually enjoyed using to correct low blood sugars. Part of my problem is things can get old fast and I’m very picky about others.
It seemed nearly impossible to try and find something that tasted good AND didn’t require me to eat half the package of just to get enough carbohydrates (goodbye money).
I literally had given up hope. So had my parents. At an early age my go to snack was peanut butter in a cheese slice (no really, try it. Like, now). Then when it was my turn to figure things out for myself, I turned to other snacks…and that quickly caused me to overcompensate for lows.
So when Ethan, creator of LEVEL foods, contacted me about LEVEL life glucose gel, I was intrigued. Himself, a type 1 diabetic, Ethan explained to me that he has “struggled with balancing blood sugars over the years. For [him], the root of these challenges often started with low blood sugars episodes.” And I think that can be said about a lot of people with diabetes. Or at least many I have had the chance to speak to and myself.
So I thought, why not? I’ve been so stubborn in the past, why not at least try something new?
And in all honesty, I’m happy I did.
There are four flavors to choose from: Strawberry Banana, Mandarin Orange, Vanilla and (my personal favorite) Caramel. Each flavor comes with three pouches, and even better: Each little pouch is 15g of carbohydrates.
I thought I’d rate each flavor individually, just to give you more details but overall, I love them! I think the most important point of these, is that even though they take the normal 15-20 mins. to really work, by the five minute marker I was already feeling better. That for me is a major point to the product, because that prevents me from rummaging through my cabinets to eat my symptoms away (a habit I’ve been desperately trying to break).
Another point in which they’re all similar is the consistency. I tried to take a picture of the gel out of the package but failed miserably, as it’s very runny. I think the one thing I could relate it to was Maple Syrup, although a little less thick.
Now here’s what I thought of each flavor…
I know I’m going out on a limb when I say; I don’t like orange tasting things. ESPECIALLY glucose tablets. Sorry. So I really thought this would be one of my least favorites, and it just so happens to be my second choice. It’s not the strong typical orange flavor you assume it’s subtler. But I like it that way!
BG Before: 57
BG 10 Minutes After: 70
BG 20 Minutes After: 115
When I first saw the flavor options, I actually thought this one would be my favorite, because two out of the other three are typical flavors you see when dealing with low blood sugar foods and this one is a little more unique. Initial taste is a little bit more banana than anything else, the aftertaste is where you get a bite more strawberry and banana flavor. A little disappointed in that, but again, it’s a different flavor than the normal so I at least appreciate the difference.
BG Before: 62
BG 10 Minutes After: 65
BG 20 Minutes After: 101 (looks like I was probably lower than 62)
Honestly, I didn’t come into this one with high expectations either. I’ve consumed so much “vanilla” flavored gel in my life that even the EMT that came to teach us first aid understood when I said I didn’t want to go near the one he was offering to the class. Although, this is my last choice, I would like to point out that it got a MUCH higher score than I thought I would be giving it. It sort of reminds me of what a melted lollipop would taste like… if that makes any sense. But I definitely can taste the vanilla in this one. A big change from other vanilla flavored items.
BG Before: 42
BG 10 Minutes After: 56
BG 20 Minutes After: 97
Last but certainly not least (no, seriously). I’m in love. It tastes like a caramel coffee in syrup form, and that’s good for me because I LOVE my Caramel Latte’s. It also really resembles butterscotch candies, which I used to be obsessed with. Which is kind of weird, because I don’t remember caramel latte’s tasting anything like butterscotch. Anyways, definitely my top choice of the four!
BG Before: 45
BG 10 Minutes After: 68
BG 20 Minutes After: 107
Overall, I would definitely get these again. Even if the store only had my least favorite flavors, I would choose them over glucose tablets any day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your own favorite!
Level Life Glucose Gel
Disclosure: I received samples of this product for reviewing purposes. However, all opinions are 100% my own and no compensation was received for this review.