Vitamin Water -vs- PowerAide

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    Mar 21, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    So does Vitamin Water actually have any real benefit for you? Or is it a big marketing ploy? I do a lot of cardio and assume that PowerAide or Gatorade actually replenish sodium and electrolytes after running 5 - 10 miles?
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    Mar 22, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    Vitamin water, powerade and gatorade are all sugar water. You really only need to be concerned with electrolytes if you are doing cardio beyond an hour or so straight. I would suggest coconut water over what you mentioned.
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    Mar 22, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    hey larunner
    I prefer powerade over gator. Vitamin water flavor xxx over all of them.
    they are all sugar water with some added benefits. after a heavy duty cardio i love vitamin water or grape powerade.
    i have a place in weho too on westmount behind 24 hr fitness icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 22, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    I like Powerade before a run. It's got quite a bit of high fructose corn syrup. So it does provide some immediate "fuel" along with the electrolytes.

    And I like Vitamin Water Energy before a gym workout. It has a lighter taste and not as sweet as Powerade. Plus, the caffeine and guarana gives a nice kick.
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    Mar 28, 2010 4:37 AM GMT
    i don't use any sweetened drinks when i run . Only water.
    if i'm concerned about electrolytes , fuel etc , i prefer taking in a power gel . It gets digested in less than 15 minutes and the carbs are readily available.
    plus some have caffeine which can be a little boost then getting tired.

    when i'm out for a 40 min run, i drink beforehand and don't take anything with me. I just find the stuff cumbersome extra weight.
    If i go for an hour run or more, then of course i take water. and a power gel , just in case.

    biking is another story.

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    Mar 28, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    I used to be addicted to Vitamin Water...but then found how much sugar it has, then I just stopped completely.

    I suggest plain'ol water.
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    Apr 05, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    RunnerLA saidSo does Vitamin Water actually have any real benefit for you? Or is it a big marketing ploy? I do a lot of cardio and assume that PowerAide or Gatorade actually replenish sodium and electrolytes after running 5 - 10 miles?
    It's a marketing ploy.

    If you need electrolytes, drink some Pedialyte. That pwns all sports drinks.
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    Apr 05, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    coconut water! so good.icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 15, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
    Drink mineral water [fiji is great] and eat a banana (literally) to reduce cramping / replenish sodium, potassium and magnesium. 1/2 water and 1/2 Pedialite works just as well (if not better).
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    Apr 19, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    The purple vitamin water is great for hangovers!
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    Apr 19, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    vitamin water leaves a nasty aftertaste for me
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    Apr 19, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    RunnerLA saidSo does Vitamin Water actually have any real benefit for you? Or is it a big marketing ploy? I do a lot of cardio and assume that PowerAide or Gatorade actually replenish sodium and electrolytes after running 5 - 10 miles?


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    Try some apple juice with a smidge of salt if you need it.

    After running miles you need liquid and CALORIES.

    If you think you need salt, eat some.

    If you think you need potassium, eat some potatoes.
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    Apr 20, 2010 5:33 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    RunnerLA saidSo does Vitamin Water actually have any real benefit for you? Or is it a big marketing ploy? I do a lot of cardio and assume that PowerAide or Gatorade actually replenish sodium and electrolytes after running 5 - 10 miles?
    It's a marketing ploy.

    If you need electrolytes, drink some Pedialyte. That pwns all sports drinks.


    I checked the label on Glaceau Energy Vitamin Water. I was surprised that it contained no salt (NaCl). Without salt it would be of no value in replacing electrolytes lost during hot weather racing. I did not check other products, so I don't know what they may contain. You will need to check the labels to determine if electrolytes were added. If you have lost a significant amount of electrolytes while racing and drink electrolyte free liquids, water intoxication could occur.

    Interesting you brought up Pedialyte. Pedialyte has more electrolytes than Gatorade but less carbohydrate. Pedialyte was developed to treat dehydration in children suffering from gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Carbs are kept low in Pedialyte since sugar can contribute to diarrhea. Pedialyte is a very effective product for re-hydrating someone. Many of the pediatricians I work with tell the parents to use Gatorade if Pedialyte is too expensive for them. icon_lol.gif

    If you think that carbs are necessary for energy during excercise, Gatorade may be better in that respect. I was at Walmart couple days ago and came across electrolyte replacement drinks with less carbs ( a way of reducing calories and are marketed as preventing weight gain). I don't know if this is a good idea since carbs are needed during intensive exercise for energy.