I tried the Citrus fruity flavor and found it quite pleasant to drink. I would liken it to the flavor of orange juice left in the bottom a glass of ice which has melted. Citrus tasting but barely! Mildly sweetened with sorbitol, an artificial nutrient sweetener commonly used in diet drinks, the product is refreshing, especially if well chilled. Nuun does deliver a very high dose of sodium, which is essential for sweating athletes. The potassium delivered is in keeping which most sports drinks. Where nuun does lead the pack is in the delivery of calcium.
Calcium has been determined to be a nutrition deficit for cyclists, especially of late, and the fact that it is delivered in nuun, speaks very well of the product. Calcium is not delivered in many hydration products as it will typically form a precipitate (solid) which can be hard to evenly distribute into a liquid format, and which can cloud a liquid when present.
The fact that nuun is a solid tablet which is dissolved in water allows it to deliver the calcium which we need.
The serving size for nuun is 8 oz. This means that the precentage of rda listed is based upon half a tablet dissolved into 8 oz of water. One tablet would deliver twice the listed RDA's. And if you wanted to prepare a full strength 24 oz. water bottle, you would require one and one half tablets. Nuun is neatly scored to allow for just such a contingency.
I am NOT a fan of artificial ingredients. If I have to look up and ingredient in Winkopedia, I will typically not consume that product. The exception to this of course is orange soda, which of course as anyone knows, has a direct positive correlation between tastiness and the lack of any natural ingredients, additionally the more closely it resembles orange safety paint, the better it will taste, but I digress. If you are pedaling enough to be justifiably concerned about dehydration and electrolyte loss, the amount of sugar you will consume with your sports beverage will not significantly effect your calorie balance for the day.
ed. note: the following is directly from nuun's web site and explains their decision regarding the sorbitol.
nuun has no carbohydrate. we did this two reasons:
1) your choice - we believe that you are the best one to manage your carb intake. gels? bars? bananas? pretzels & fruit? your call. we’re all different so what’s right for you isn’t right for us. combining hydration & energy as all other sports drinks do is therefore counter-intuitive to us. we believe you should have the choice on how to refuel. nuun hydrates - optimally.
2) more product - sugar (the carb) is big & bulky. adding even small amounts of sugar bulks up the tabs & results in less drink. if you’re like us, you want a product that actually lasts & goes the distance for a ride/run…so there’s no sugar. with no carb, nuun is perfect for those avoiding carbs, for whatever reason. after all, why drink an energy loaded sports drink in the gym when all you really want is the hydration for spin class? & if you’re on ‘that’ diet, nuun’s perfect.
nuun uses sorbitol?
ok – sorbitol is naturally occurring & in lots of things from toothpaste to apple juice. there is sorbitol in nuun but there’s less than you’d find in a small glass of apple juice. remember, we designed nuun because we love to stay active in the outdoors & we use nuun when we’re out being active, so we’re not going to take on anything we don’t think should be there. sorbitol is in nuun to help it work as a tablet but it’s at really low levels. simply, we only want to put good stuff in our bodies, & we want you to do the same.
On the other hand if you are avoiding sugar for digestive tract comfort reasons, sorbitol is more slowly metabolized by the body, but it can cause lower gi issues, and as cyclists, we do not want lower gi issues, do we? The other articifial ingredient here is polyethylene glycol, an elollient used in cosmetics, presumably included here for what is termed "mouth feel" this is the feeling of rich smoothness we humans tend to enjoy, many times we refer to this sensation as richness, or satisfying. The opposite of which is watery. OK why bother with this additive? Water is supposed to be watery isn't it?
Reviewed by SPDrecrd
rating out of 10: 7
Simply put, the label on a tube of nuun says it all, "Active Hydration". Nuun contains the sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These are all things an active body is going to need. Sodium and potassium are supplied for obvious reasons, athletes sweat these directly out of their systems. What goes out, must come back in or there will be problems. It's a pretty simple equation. Now, on the more complicated end of the equation, medical studies are finding that athetes are losing calcium during physical activity as well. As a result, athletes (including men) can have problems similar to osteoporosis. So, it's great to see that products like nuun are including calcium.
Flavor? Nuun, tastes good. I sampled the Tri-Berry, Citrus Fruit, and Lemon Lime flavors and they all are pleasing to the tastebuds. They each have a light fruity flavor, with just a hint or tanginess. The flavor is mellow, subtle and promises not to overpower your palate.
Portable? Yea, throw the tube in your jersey pocket and take it with you on a ride. Anywhere you can find water, you can make hydration. Convenient, easy and fun - I am a pretty simple person, I like to watch the nuun fizz up, is that so wrong? Nuun dissolves completely within around 60 seconds and won't precipitate back out of solution after time. Some other heavier sports beverages that you have to mix, don't mix or carry well once they are in water.
Ingredients? Now, here is the only thing that makes me go "hmmmmmmm?" Nuun uses an artificial sweetener and a few other questionable ingredients. Like most active athletic type people, I am fairly health concious. So, I try keep it as natural as possible and I never use artificial sweeteners. Personally, I find that natural sugars are not only healthier but, help support my energy needs during activity. That being said, many active, fit individuals are weight concious and like to limit their intake of carbs. Nuun has zero carbs. Also, people who need to control their intake of sugars due to medical reasons (such as diabetics) might have particular interest in using nuun because, it tastes good and will supply the electrolytes that they require without the sugars.
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