“ Manufacturer: Lucozade / Energydrinks „
I was quite surprised to find that this drink had such a low star rating when I searched for it, as I find it one of the better sports drinks that are on the market.
I am a bit of a gym freak, going at least four times a week, and I have found Lucozade Hydroactive to be one of the best drinks to have to hand while training, especially on the treadmill. I do long periods on the treadmill, and I find Hydroactive to be more thirst quenching that the other drinks on the shelves.
I'll have to say that the citrus variety is the better of the two available (the other being summer fruits). Of the two, the citrus one doesn't taste as sickly sweet as the other, and nowhere near as sweet as some other srinks, like gatorade, which I find can 'clog up' your throat as you train. Because the flavour is finer, when ice cold, it just slips down your throat, with the citrus burst giving a lttle kick to refresh your drying mouth.
The drink is fairly low in calories, at 50 cals for a 500ml bottle - not too shabby compared to other sports drinks, especially if calorie burn is your primary objective, because the calories you take in from these quick release drinks are the first to be burned. I think some other drinks such as Powerade can have well over 100 calories per bottle.
Hydroactive can be found on the shelves relatively cheaply. Even in the vending machine at the gym it is only £1.20. They pack in a few vital vitamins that can help with energy and recovery as you train. The design of the bottle is pretty good too, with a non drip squeezy cap, and an ergonomically shaped torso.
I also have to add, that when I have that killer thirst, when I could drinks buckets of water, that goes with a hangover (!), Hydroactive pretty much gets me back up and running after a bottle, and that is saying quite a bit for me!!
All in all, I'd say it was the best sports drink you can get, having a very thirst quenching subtle flavour that makes you feel full of beans!!
First there was Lucozade energy, then somewhere down the line came this, Lucozade hypotonic drink. Now we've probably all heard of isotonic drinks, which are filled with salts that help to rehydrate the body, well this goes about the task in a different way, in fact hypo-tonic means it has more water than salts. So how does this add to the ever growing Lucozade brand that includes the Glucose based energy drinks, the isotonic based "sports" drinks and the caffeine based "Alert" brand?
The drink looks like a bottle of water in a sports bottle all rather boring to be frankly honest with you but it's almost identical to the isotonic drinks (but clear). The sports bottles that Lucozade do are rather smart as they have an anti-drip feature which means you can feel free to turn them upside down and nothing will come out of them unless you squeeze it, rather hand if you're quite accident prone. The one I purchased was a citrus fruits one, so I'm unsure if there's any other flavours available or not, though in regard to pricing there was an offer at B&M for 4 bottles in a multipack for £1.49.
So what does it taste like?
Well imagine a very flat boring watered down bit of lemonade with a little bit of a hint of lime and you pretty much have the flavour of this down to a tee. You're right if you're thinking it doesn't sound great, because in all honesty, it doesn't taste great either. However taste can often be excused in sports and energy drinks if they help to refresh, replenish and or rehydrate you.
However sadly it's just another glorified water drink, however it was hardly likely they were going to go "Lucozade water" now was it? Yes it's a fruit flavoured water drink, though the fruit flavours are so weak it's pointless. Though sure Lucozade have added some vitamins and stuff, it doesn't seem like enough in my eyes.
Each 500ml bottles offers:
1.03mg Panthothenic acid
In the more traditional nutritional information the drink contains (per 500ml)
Nil Fat, Saturates and Fibre
The drink contains Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Phenylalanine and Glucose Syrup (though obviously not a great deal of Glucose syrup).
Overall the drink seems like an overly glorified water drink with a confusing name, it provides little extra to a normal water drink and tastes rather boring. With better water drinks out there and much better sports products I would rather go with one of Lucozades other products all of which seem to be better than this. However this could have been a nice idea had the flavour not been so weak and poor, in fact had the drink contain maybe 3 times more flavour it would have been lovely.
Summary: A water based Lucozade drink that seems to miss the mark regarding flavour, to the detrimental effect of it's product.
I came across this the other day whilst in the gym, Id forgotten to bring my water bottle along and decided to buy this. I paid £1 for it from a vending machine. It looks quite atractive and says on the front that it is designed for fast hydration, which is of course good for me!
I had the summer fruits flavour though I am quite aware that other flavours are available. It tasted very fruity and nice. I did however feel that it wasnt as thirst quenching as I thought it would be, unlike water! I felt that once I had had a sip, I needed to drink more as it sort of made me more thirsty.
For this, I will suggest not to use it for gym workouts as you will get through more than one 500ml bottle and will become expensive in the long run. It is however nice, for a more refreshing drink when out and about if you fancyed something different.
This drink is part of the lucozade family, a brand that produces many other drinks. Check out their range!
This drink is still, not fizzy.
Lucozade Hydro Active is a slightly 'lighter' version of Lucozade sport - designed to be healthier and less likely to mess up your body. To further this image, it's clear and looks just like water.
It comes in a great bottle, with an easy to use sports top. The best thing about the bottle is that even with the top open, you can't spill it. It has a sort of flap that only opens when you suck on it, so you can drink it fine, and squirt it into your mouth but if you just invert it normally then nothing will come out.
This doesn't taste as good as the regular Lucozade. I find it very weak and watery, with just a hint of taste - nothing proper. However, it does leave you feeling refreshed and energised. It's also very easy to drink quickly if you're extra thirsty.
Overall, this is a good drink. It's slightly healthier than the normal Lucozade, but I'd definitely recommend the normal Lucozade above this, it's got a much nicer taste and is generally just...better!
The original fizzy energy drink.