Now that I’m building up an exercise regimen, I thought I should explore some hydration alternatives to water. Both because something which is vitamin-infused and has electrolytes is probably more effective during exercise, and because if it’s tastier than water I’ll likely drink more of it.
An old friend of mine used to call sports drinks and related “hydration systems” awfulwater.
So off I trot to the grocery store to pick up a variety to try out. The first thing you notice about awfulwater is that the makers of it don’t want you to know what it tastes like. The flavor is often the least prominent feature of the label design, and once you read it, it often doesn’t mean anything. (“Glacier Freeze”? Huh?) The fact that the makers are intent to prevent you from learning what this stuff tastes like until after you’ve purchased it is not encouraging.
I picked up a variety to try, and I’ll present my results here. I’m drinking this awful stuff, so you don’t have to.
Tonight’s contender? Sobe Lifewater. Fuji Apple Pear flavor. (are apples or pears different on Mt. Fuji?)
From what I can tell from the label, this stuff doesn’t have electrolytes. If I had noticed that, I probably wouldn’t have bothered buying it. Ah well; Down the hatch!
While many of these products taste bad immediately, this stuff doesn’t taste bad until after you’ve swallowed it. In your mouth it’s a bit like over-sweetened weak iced tea, but once you’ve swallowed, there is the tell-tale chemical aftertaste that makes your mouth taste like you’ve been sipping battery fluid. I can only presume this is the aftertaste left by the Erythritol sweetener, it reminds me strongly of the aftertaste of diet cola, so if you like diet cola you probably won’t mind this stuff.
C+ for taste.