Powerade Zero Grape Flavor Review. In my quest to try every sugar free drink on the planet that still holds some type of benefit, I came across Powerade Zero today. Well, okay, I was simply grocery shopping and came upon it. It’s been out for about a year now and this is the first time I saw it. Normally I don’t go for powerade products until recently when I tried the new Powerade Ion, which was very good, but the sugar content turns me off a bit.
Powerade Zero is sweetened with the same thing that most calorie free sport oriented drinks are flavored with; Sucralose. They had three flavors available, grape, mixed berry and orange. I went for grape because I kind of like grape drink, I didn’t feel like orange at the time and mixed berry is a bright blue and I’ve never been fond of any bright blue drinks.
The first thing I noticed when I took that first gulp was how sickening sweet it is. Sucralose is said to be about 600 times sweeter than table sugar and manufacturers normally only use a small amount. I don’t know what a small amount is but however much they use in Powerade Zero is too much. The grape flavor was good and the small amount of potassium and modest amount of vitamin B is good as well, but just-too-sweet. It almost seemed a little thinker than your average Powerade because of the sweetness but I’m not a chemist and I couldn’t really say if it truly is thicker.
If I were to tell someone from Powerade how they could improve upon this product, I would simply tell them to water it down a bit. Maybe it’s possible maybe it’s not. Maybe if they used less sweetener then the grape (or whatever flavor it is) would get watered down as well. I would say that if you’re looking for a drink to replace electrolytes like Gatorade or Powerade and don’t want the extra sugar, then go for Powerade Zero…and maybe even water it down a bit yourself. Below is a quick comparison of the contents of a 4 oz serving of Powerade Zero compared to a 4 oz serving of Powerade Ion.
Powerade Zero Grape Flavor: 0 calories, 55mg Sodium, 35 mg Potassium, 10% daily value of Niacin, B6 and B12.
Powerade Ion Mountain Berry Blast Flavor: 50 calories, 100mg Sodium, 25mg Potassium, 14g Sugar (Just to give you an idea that’s over a tablespoon in only 4 oz! They use HFCS), 10% daily value of Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.