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Powerade Zero Grape Review

Posted Apr 14 2009 11:39pm

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.

Image: us.powerade.com

Image: us.powerade.com

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.

  • Ingridients: Water, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Salt, Potassium Citrate, Sucralose, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Acesulfame Potassium, Nacinamide (Vitamin B3), Red 40, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Blue 1, Cyanocomalmin (Vitamin 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.

  • Ingridents: WAter, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Natural Flavors, Potassium Citrate, Modified Food Starch, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect the color), Coconut Oil, Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Blue 1, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride Vitamin B6, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12).

Perhaps the Powerade Ion might best suit you if you’re looking to replace electrolytes fact or in need of dire rehydration but I’m sticking with the Powerade Zero for now.

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