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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.
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    Not all of the Vitarain flavor have caffeine. Only the Mango flavor that states "energy" on the bottle. Check each of the labels - caffeine only listed in Mango Drink. I love these drinks.
    2074 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I started out with Vitamin Water. Now I drink Vita Rain exclusively. I'm happy with it.
    I still drink my fresh water daily.
    2462 days ago
    It's good to know. A d you surely are right, reading labels and knowing their meaning has become very important since SP came into my life.
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    2886 days ago
    I don't have health issues with caffeine, but it does effect my sleep if I drink too late in the day. This is especially true if I drink caffeine on an empty stomach as I did yesterday.

    2886 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2010 3:29:45 PM
    Great point about reading the labels.
    2886 days ago
    Ester C works really well at replenishing electrolytes. I also have one called Nuun that I use on my triathlons. I find the ester C tastes better.
    2886 days ago
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