Sports drinks review and compare

We compared 14 brands of sports drink from supermarkets, servos and convenience stores to give you the facts.
 
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  • Updated:7 Aug 2008
 

02.Results

Full results are shown in the table below. 

Product Nutrients per 600 mL

Minutes of jogging fuelled per 600 ml

Specifications
Brand (ranked by energy per 600 mL) Energy (kJ) Sugars (tsp) Sodium as % max recommended daily intake Boy 12 years 60 kg woman 70 kg man Bottle size (mL) Price per bottle ($)
Pumped Lemon Fix 231 4 3 8 8 7 750 2.72
Powerade Light Citrus Breeze 275 4 7 10 9 8 600 3.95
Thorpedo 367 6 5 13 13 11 350 1.25
Mizone Rapid Raspberry Rush 412 6 6 15 14 12 750 2.87
Gatorade Watermelon 606 9 12 21 21 18 200 4.1
Adams Ale Sport Orange 630 10 7 22 22 18 600 1.89
Gatorade Lemon Lime 631 9 12 22 22 18 600 2.45
100 Plus 684 10 12 24 23 20 330 0.99
Maxade Electrolyte Drink Arctic Rush (Aldi) 727 10 11 26 25 21 600 1.39
Maxade Isotonic Drink Berry Blast (Aldi) 727 10 11 26 25 21 600 1.39
Staminade Orange Burst 738 9 8 26 25 22 600 1.75
Powerade Isotonic Wallabies Gold Rush 802 9 7 28 27 23 600 2.63
Powerade Energy Edge 804 9 13 29 27 24 450 2.63
Powerade Recovery Citrus 951 9 8 34 32 28 450 2.63
Red Bull 1152 16 21 41 39 34 250 2.69
 

Table notes

Nutrients per 600 mL From the figures provided on the nutrition information panel.
Bottle sizes and serve sizes vary so we’ve used 600 mL (the most common bottle size) as a basis for comparison.

Minutes of jogging fuelled per 600 mL We’ve estimated for how long you’d have to jog to use the energy (kilojoules) supplied by 600 mL of sports drink if you’re a budding young male athlete of 12 years, a woman weighing 60 kg or a man weighing 70 kg. These are average values as individuals vary in their rates of energy expenditure.

Price per bottle Based on prices we paid in Sydney in May 2008.

 

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