Thursday, July 29, 2010
With all of the heat and humidity we have been having I decided I should probably have more than water along for my bike rides. Most cyclist I know bring along Gatorade, but the regular Gatorade has a lot of calories and I don't care for the Sugarfree version. So I thought I would compromise and get some Propel Water, which has vitamins and some sodium and most important, I can tolerate drinking it. While shopping for it at Costco, I noticed the VitaRain (a Kirkland signature product manufactured by Talking Rain) right next to it and figured they were similar products. By volume the VitaRain was cheaper then Propel and also had 0 calories so I decided to give it a try. It's a little sweeter in taste than Propel, but the flavors I've had so far (Dragon fruit and Tropical Mango) were pretty good. It wasn't until this morning that I discovered that Vita Rain has caffeine in it. That explains why I woke up so many times last night.
This all reminded me about the importance of reading the nutritional panel rather than relying on what's on the front of the product. Vitamin enhanced water beverage does not suggest to me that the drink might have caffeine. The front of the bottle also has the following statements *Maintain your body's fluid balance, *Boost essential electrolytes, *B vitamins. Usually drinks with caffeine use key words like "energy". Had I seen "energy" or something similar, I probably would have checked the back of the label a little better, but all I was looking for was to verify that the calorie count was zero and that the product didn't contain aspartame, which it did not. It does contain two artifical sweeteners, sucralose and acesulfame, but I'm able to tolerate those in moderation.
I decided to keep the VitaRain but will reserve it's use for morning rides so that it doesn't interfere with my sleep.