Well this has been the summer of the electrolyte replacement drink. I guess it makes sense from a marketing standpoint, after all, you drink the stuff like water right? Well yes and no. I mean if you do drink just water, on a long endurance event, you risk the very serious condition known as hyponatremia, or low salt (read as electrolyte) balance. If you don't drink at all, you risk, dehydration, which takes hyponatremia to another whole new level as you are not only short on salt (electrolyte) but also fluid. Your blood literally thickens and it loses its ability to carry oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.
The end result of this is a combination of any of the following neat symptoms, reddish, or pale skin, profuse sweating or dry skin, cramps, seizures, tunnel vision, impaired decision making, confusion, dramatically reduced ability to perform, unconsciousness, heart arrythmias, and oh yeah, the big D, death! So all kidding aside, it's best to hydrate and use an electrolyte replacement beverage. No Kidding!
Now on to GU20. Not bad. Not sickly sweet at all. Very refreshing as it is slightly tart and thus quite thirst quenching. The label says, "without artificial coloring, excess sugar, grit and sticky sweet additives... intentionally mild with natural flavors" Pretty much sums it up!
I found the product tasty, quite pleasant and effective as an electrolyte replacement beverage. I'll use it again for sure.
The tale of the tape...
Saturated or transfats still 0%
Dietary Fiber 0%
Well so far you are getting nothing for your money, add water and you get... water.
Oh but there is more:
Sodium 315 mg. 13%
Potassium 55 mg. 2%
Carbs 34 g 11%
Now a word about those percentages. These are based upon a minimum daily 2000 calorie diet which is the minimum intake for an average person doing an average day's sitting around and doing practically nothing. If you are exercising to the extent that you will require an electrolyte replacement, in other words sweating your tschotchkes off for an hour or more, Throw out the percentages!
The fact is that you simply can not drink enough of this or any other stuff to make up what you are losing. So drink up and eat up and forget about the calorie or salt intake concerns. You are losing more than you are taking in period!
The so called active ingredients herein are, Maltodextrin, ( a metabolizeable carb) Fructose (fruit sugar) Sodium Citrate (soluable salt of sodium) , Citric acid (tartness), and potassium citrate (see sodium). Any of the flavorings are derived from the natural products, Tangerines, Strawberries etc. The faint coloration relies upon natural colorants and not dyes.
Hey this stuff is not bad, or bad for you, I'd just like to see 'em add a little magnesium and boost the potassium a bit. Very drinkable and makes you want more (which is a good thing too).