Propel Fitness Water

Gatorade
Product Description: 

Low calorie, nutrient-enhanced water beverage

Flavours:

  • Fitness water flavours: lemonade, melon, lemon, peach, berry, kiwi strawberry, grape, raspberry lemonade, black cherry
  • Propel Calcium flavours: mango, mandarin orange, strawberry, mixed berry

Suitable for:

Daily Use: For people who do not like to drink regular water or standard sports drinks. Also, suitable for individuals looking to hydrate, take in some electrolytes without significant additional carbohydrate or calories.

For individuals performing less intense activities, like walking, this product may be a useful way to keep hydrated without the additional calories which are provided in sports drinks.

Pre-exercise: Propel Fitness water provides 3 g of carbohydrate, 10 calories per 250 ml (1 cup) so it is suitable for hydration but should be used in combination with carbohydrate and 10-15 grams of protein for adequate pre-training fuels.

Suitable to top off hydration 30 minutes before exercise.

During exercise: Aim for 125-300 ml of fluids like Propel every 15 -20 minutes. For longer training sessions (over 90 minutes) Propel does not provide adequate carbohydrate. It is recommended to ingest 30-60 grams of carbohydrate (ie. energy bar, banana, gels) per hour.

Post-exercise: Propel is suitable to provide some or all of the 750-1000 ml of fluid recommended within 60 minutes post-exercise. However, it does not contribute significantly to replenishing carbohydrate stores of recovering/repairing muscle. In addition to taking in fluids it is recommended to ingest 1 gram per kilogram body weight carbohydrate and 15-20 grams of protein within 60 minutes after training.

Propel can contribute to ongoing rehydration.

Taste Rating:
Found the lemon to leave a slight burn in my throat after swallowing it. The taste isn’t bad. It definitely does not taste like lemonade. It is too tart for real lemonade. It tastes like Gatorade or some bad flavours of Crystal Light.        

~ Competitive Cyclist/Skate Skier

Peach Propel had a fairly nice peach aroma and strong peach flavour that would likely be very welcome after a tennis match or long run. And that’s great, except for one thing: those same artificial sweeteners that make it so palatable make it a little too sweet and leave a pretty strong artificial aftertaste.                                                                  

~ Recreational Squash Player

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Sucrose Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Sucralose, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protects Freshness), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Acesulfame Potassium, Vitamin B12.

Serving Size: 8 fl oz (240 mL)
Servings Per Container: about 3**
Amount per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 10  
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate  2g 1%
Sugars 2g  
Protein 0g  
Calcium   10%
Vitamin B6   25%
Niacin   25%
Vitamin B12   4%
Pantothenic Acid   25%

Not a significant source of Calories from Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron.*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
**Nutrition Facts Panel for a 700 mL bottle of Propel Fit Water with Calcium.

Available in 700 ml, 1 L, 500 ml 6 packs, 12 oz. 8 packs, and powder packets.

Final Comments:

If you're looking lightly flavoured water with some electrolyte and low calories this is a good option. I sampled the raspberry flavour, which I found a pleasant and light flavour. For those who dislike strongly flavoured beverages as well as plain water, this may be a fitting option.

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Real Food Alternative:
Water + ¼ cup peach juice with just under ¼ tsp salt (1/4 tsp salt = 500 mg sodium). This combination will not provide the extra B-vitamins in found in Propel. However, with a healthy balanced diet there is no need to take in additional vitamins in water.

Or, make your own flavoured water:
Ginger-mint: sliced ginger and mint leaves, boil in 3+ L of water. Cool in fridge. Grapefruit: wash and sliced grapefruit, boil with 3+ L water. Cool in fridge.
Orange cinnamon: washed and sliced orange, 1 cinnamon stick, boil in 3+ L of water. Cool in fridge.

Disclaimer: Statements and opinions expressed in product reviews are personal views of individuals, and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of SportMedBC, nor does SportMedBC accept responsibility for the nature or accuracy of such statement and opinion. Consult a sport dietitian for more information on sport nutrition products for performance. No chemical analysis is conducted on products. SportMedBC cannot guarantee products are free from prohibited substances.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 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, will suit most situations 5= great product, meets majority of requirements, will suit most individuals and situations. Cost Calculator: $1.99/ 700 ml bottle $0.66/ 250 ml serving
Where to Buy: 
Save-On, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Safeway, IGA MArketplace, The Great Canadian Superstore, 7-11

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