Accelerade Sports Drink

Cadbury Beverages Canada Inc.
Product Description: 

Comes in fruit Punch, Citrus Grapefruit and Peach Mango flavors.

Ingredients (for Mountain Berry): Filtered water, sugar, trehalose, whey protein isolate (from milk), citric acid, phosphoric acid, natural flavours, lactic acid, magnesium, carbonate, salt, monopotassium phosphate, vitamin E acetate, blue 1, sodium ascorbate.

Nutrients Per Serving 80 kcal (1 serving 8 oz.)
Protein 4 g
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrate 15 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g

Suitable For:
Pre-exercise: A source of hydration, carbohydrate and protein suitable to contribute to pre-training fuel.

During exercise: provides an optimal concentration of carbohydrate or 15 grams per 240 ml serving.Sucrose and trehalose; one high and low glycemic carbohydrate.

Sodium contained is within the recommended ideal range for sport drinks (115-230 mg/250mL).  For events lasting less than 60 minutes the inclusion of sodium is not necessary, but may promote fluid intake and retention.

For longer training sessions (over 60-90 minutes) 2-3 servings of Accelerade or Accelarade in combination with other carbohydrate sources would meet the carbohydrate recommendations of 30-60 g per hour.

Research shows there are no immediate benefits during exercise from including amino acids1 (like branched-chain amino acids) or protein in a sports drink. However, some studies do show improved endurance performance and attenuated post-exercise muscle damage. Further research is needed.  

After-exercise: Sucrose, a high glycemic carbohydrate ideal for maximizing glycogen resynthesis and stores.  Whey protein and carbohydrate may contribute to recovery nutrition.

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Price per bottle: $2.69 CDN

Real Food Alternative: Chocolate milk

For athletes engaging in endurance sports, it may be worthwhile trialing this product during training sessions.

Used as a recovery beverage, it is providing fluids, carbohydrates and protein in one shot, so is quite convenient.

Overall Rating: 4/5 The rating system is on a scale of 1-5. below are the classifications: 1=very poor choice 2=not recommended 3=suitable for some individuals/athletes in specific situations 4=overall a good product, meets majority of requirements and will suit most situations 5=great product, well formulated and will suit most individuals and situations. Taste Rating: “Left an aftertaste in my mouth. I drank it at room temperature and couldn’t finish the whole bottle, maybe it would be better if it was cold. I didn’t notice a big difference in energy during my game.” - Recreational Hockey Athlete “It was a great recovery drink and easy to drink. It wasn't as overpowering as some of the sweeter sports drinks. I found it left a bit of a coating in my mouth after sipping it. Overall it was tasty and the coating wasn't a big issue”. - National Snowboard Cross Athlete
Where to Buy: 
Shopper's Drug Mart, Canadian Superstore

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