Body Armor Superior Hydration?

Resized_20160501_125004Look out sport drink fans, there’s a new beverage in town and it delivers a bold change in flavor! However if you’re relying on it for hydration in high heat, high humidity, or for endurance activities it’s quite weak on the sodium front.  You would need to supplement it with a salty snack or Endurolyte tabs.  I stumbled upon Body Armor when my only options were a 12 ounce kid version of a sports drink or the 32 ounce, no way I’m carrying that 18+miles!  Here’s the run down on this new beverage made by Body Armor Sports Nutrition out of New York.

It’s got the millennial clean ingredient thing going for it with no artificial colors or preservatives and natural (not a regulated term) flavors and sweeteners.  It’s gluten free, nut free, caffeine free and the bottle is BPA free, the later of which they all are now days. It’s top 3 ingredients are:

  1. Filtered water
  2. Cane sugar
  3. 10% Coconut water

Now for the comparison:

(12 ounce) Body Armour Accelerade Gatorade G Powerade
Calories 105 120 80 80
Carbohydrate 27 21 21 21
Protein 0 5 0 0
Sodium 22.5 210 160 150
Potassium 450 85 45 35
Vit A 75% 0%
Vit C 75% 100% 0%
Vit E 75% 100% 0%
Vit B4 150% 0%
Vit B6 15%
Vit B12 150% 0% 15%
Niacin 150% 0% 15%
Folic Acid 150% 0%
Magnesium 12% 30% 0%
Pantothenic Acid 150% 0%
Zinc 53% 0%
Calcium 10%
Sugar Source Cane Sugar Sucrose (Fructose) Sugar, Dextrose High Fructose Corn Syrup
Coloring Source Fruit & Veg Coloring Fruit & Veg Coloring Blue Dye Blue Dye

The flavor is tops along with it’s hefty potassium load, clean ingredients, no food dyes and full line up of antioxidants (Vitamin A, C and E) to neutralize free radicals and inflammation caused during extended play.  However the lack of sodium leaves me weak in the knees and I do love a sports drink with just a little added protein.  At this point, I think the perfect sports drink has yet to be made, but I keep looking and running!

Body Armor comes in the following 8 flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, tropical punch, strawberry banana, grape, lemon lime, mixed berry and blackout berry.



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