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Sports Drinks

In the spirit of marathons and fun runs, we have tried out some sport hydration drinks. Unfortunately we were not able to include a rigorous physical test for all the claims made on the bottles. The Taste Team were clearly distressed by this.

Six high-street energy drinks, the question is: which ones will make your tongue want to run a mile?

Product Tesco Active Sport Lemon Asda Isotonic Citrus Taut Isotonic Grapefruit & Lime
  Tesco Active Sport Lemon Asda Isotonic Citrus Taut Isotonic Grapefruit & Lime
Ranking goldgoldgoldgreygrey goldgoldgreygreygrey
Summary Smelling like "proper lemonade" and feeling the most refreshing, Tesco came in just ahead of the pack. Popular comments were "medicinal" and "homemade" (for better and for worse). Perhaps the most unfortunate of the bunch for a smell resembling "toilet cleaner" but the taste did improve the rating; not too sweet, inoffensive. Seemed a bit dry and not refreshing enough for a sport drink. A fizzy version was suggested as an improvement. Off to a good start with a promising smell but couldn't deliver with the flavour. Too sour and weak for the team. Although, some felt it was mild enough that they could manage enough of a portion to be refreshed.
Calories (kcal) per 500ml portion 135kcal 148kcal 125kcal
Carbs per 500ml portion 32.5g 35.0g 30.0g
Fat per 500ml portion trace 0g 0g
Sodium per 500ml portion 0.3g trace trace
Protein per 500ml portion 0g trace trace
Fibre per 500ml portion trace 0g trace
Product Lucozade Hydro Active Citrus Fruits Lucozade Sport Lemon Powerade Gold Medal Lemon & Grapefruit
  Lucozade Hydro Active Citrus Fruits Lucozade Sport Lemon Taut IsotoniPowerade Gold Medal Powerade Gold Medal Lemon & Grapefruit
Ranking goldgreygreygreygrey goldgreygreygreygrey greygreygreygreygrey
Summary Aimed at 'improving water', particularly the taste, most of our team would prefer nature's alternative; describing it as "powdery" and like a "dissolved tablet". At roughly a third of the calories and carbs, and no worse for flavour, some may just give this the edge over the Sport version. We assume all the publicised research has gone into osmosis and electrolytes instead of trying for something people will want to drink. Sugary, "like weak sherbet" and too sweet for a few testers while others described it as powdery and non-descript although not as offensive as some. And coming in last, the ironically named Gold Medal flavour. Quite a bold smell; some compared to a fabric freshener spray. Although not as bad, the taste seemed tired and weak. The most athletic comment being "tasting of swimming pools".
Calories (kcal) per 500ml portion 50kcal 140kcal 120kcal
Carbs per 500ml portion 10.0g 32.0g 30.0g
Fat per 500ml portion 0g 0g 0g
Sodium per 500ml portion 0.18g 0.25g 0.25g
Protein per 500ml portion trace trace 0g
Fibre per 500ml portion N/A N/A N/A

Conclusion

As we have mentioned, this was a taste test not an exercise rehydration test and, fortunately, these drinks are not marketed purely on flavour. In terms of palatability the Tesco and Asda own brands go a lot further than the dedicated sport drink companies. In general, with some curious smells and flavours running around the team were disappointed with these performances.

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