Refresh

Refresh Health Products, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Product Description: 

REFRESH Thirst Quencher is available as a powder formulation in 6 flavors including; Nazzy Razzy Raspberry, Outrageous Orange, Cranberry, Absolutely Clear, Born To be Wildberry, Orange Refresh Plus and Effervescent Lemon. 

Each container contains 700g of Refresh equivalent to 40 servings. The effervescent comes in a 150g, 30 serving portion.  

Ingredients: (Outrageous Orange)
Dextrose, Fructose, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Color.
The effervescence ingredients include:  Sucrose, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Chloride, Flavour, Potassium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Phosphate, Silicon Doixide, Sucralose.
*Ingredients vary slightly for each flavor.

Refresh does offer a product Lemon Refresh Effervescent which contains 3g of sugar, 200mg sodium, 157mg chloride, 100mg potassium, and 45mg magnesium. Combining one scoop of regular Refresh and one scoop Effervescent in 250 mL of water would provide an more ideal carbohydrate and sodium profile.

Nutrient Data:
Outrageous Orange
Nutrition Facts Per 1 scoop (17.5 g)
Mix with 1 cup (250mL) of Water

Calories 60
Fat 0 g
Sodium 5 mg
Carbohydrate 16 g     
Fibre 0 g
Sugars 14 g
Protein 0 g
Potassium 155 mg
Magnesium 29.7 mg

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

During exercise: provides an optimal 6.4% concentration of carbohydrate or 15 grams per 250 ml serving. There are some added electrolytes but does not contain enough sodium for optimum hydration as the sodium amount recommended for sport drinks is 115-230 mg/250mL.  For events lasting less than 60 minutes the inclusion of sodium is not neccessary, but may promote fluid intake and retention. May add effervescence product to increase sodium content.
For longer training sessions (over 60-90 minutes) 2-3 servings of Refresh would meet the carbohydrate recommendations of 30-60 g per hour.

After-exercise: High glycemic carbohydrates like dextrose and maltodextrine can boost restoration of glycogen to muscles.  A suitable contribution to recovery nutrition alongside adequate carbohydrate and protein from foods or sport supplements. 

Taste Test:
A light tasting sports drink which is appealing for athletes who do not like overpowering flavors or strong flavors staying in your mouth.

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Overall rating: 2.5/5
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.

References:
1. Burke, L. & Deakin, V. (2006) Clinical Sports Nutrition Third Edition. North Ryde, Australia: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty.
2. Maughan, R.J., Burke L.M., Coyle E.F. (2004) Food, Nutrition and Sports Performance II: The international Olympic committee consensus on sports nutrition. New York: Routledge.

$24.99/ 700 g container (40 servings) $0.63/ serving Real Food Alternative: ½ cup water + 1/2 cup peach juice + ¼ tsp salt (1/4 tsp salt = 500 mg sodium)
Where to Buy: 
Guideline Fitness Superstores, Mountain Equipment Co-op, North Shore Athletics, Peninsula Runners, Wentings Cycle and Mountain Shop, YVS Vitamins, Campion Cycle, Sardis Health, Forerunners

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