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Lucozade Lite Lemon/lime is my sports drink of choice for a number of reasons...
Naturally enough, the main reason is the taste! The lemon & lime flavour is zingy enough to taste the lemon and lime, but not sharp - If 'refreshment' could be a flavour, this drink would define it! It leaves your mouth feeling fresh, no syrupy texture or sugar on your teeth.
Secondly, is the bottle and cap itself. Although slightly tricky to snap the cap open initially (do it with your fingers as it may hurt your teeth!), once open, the sports cap is really good to use. It's protected by a flexible membrane so that you need to actively tip the drink up and squeeze into your mouth. So, if the bottle gets knocked over by a ball, or you drop it during your sports then none of the drink is spilt. The plastic material of the bottle itself is sturdy enough but also has just the right amount of give to be flexible enough, so that it's easy to squeeze and drink from, and control.
Thirdly its a healthy 50 calories for the whole bottle. Pointless doing any exercise if you are drinking the calories back in via a sugary drink, which I have been guilty of in the past, preferring a tasty drink rather than water when I'm exercising. So as a "Sports" drink , and a "Lite" label, it really does tick the boxes.
Outside the world of sport ...
I have to also admit that this drink is also my drink of choice if I have - shall we say - overindulged "the night before", and I'm in need of rehydration! Again, with the non-sugary but tasty flavour I always like to have a couple of bottles to hand because it always seems to get me back up and running. Aside from that, it's also the drink I have on my desk to sip on through the day at work, it makes a refreshing break from the teas & coffees, and has less calories.
As I stated in another review that I have recently joined a Gym in order to lose weight and so far it seems to be going ok. I don't tend to spend all that long there - normally 1-1 1/2 hours is enough and this seems to be quite easy to work into my normal life. I always take a bottle of water with me and a 500ml bottle will get guzzled within the hour. They do sell different drinks in the Gym and this was 1 of them. I decided to try it and the lure was that the bottle was 50 calories, so not as low calorie as Water and other Diet drinks, but I figured that this wasn't so bad.
The bottle for this looks alright. It is a flip top bottle and easy enough to open and take a little drink of this. I find that when a Juice is a flip top then you don't tend to drink all that much of it and the odd sip of this isn't that bad anyway. You can get a decent amount of this out by squeezing the sides of the bottle. The liquid is a light green colour and although perhaps a bit of a strange colour it is fine.
The flavouring of this is a Lemon and Lime taste. It is a nice taste and not as Sour tasting as I thought it may be. This is a refreshing taste and seems to take the thirst away. This is a still Juice so no fizz to gas you up. The flavouring of this is quite a light taste but you can still taste it easily.
The claim for this Juice is to revive you and give you a bit of an energy boost. I can't say that after drinking this I found myself to be full of energy as I was a bit hot and worn out in a way, but I feel that this hydrated my alright and did take my thirst away.
This comes in a 500ml bottle and I paid £1 for it which I think was a good price. I've seen this available in a 4 pack multipack in Supermarkets and you will pay less for the multipack than the individual bottles.
A nice enough refreshing Juice that I would drink again and I may try different flavours in the range.
I'm not the most active and sporty of people, so I don't tend to read too much into the claims of sports drinks such as, Lucozade Sport & Powerade, but I do occasionally get swayed by them as I like drinking flavoured water that has low sugar content. I spotted a new Lucozade Sport Lite Cherry flavour, and having enjoyed the Lemon & Lime flavour, I decided to try this one.
The packaging is standard for a sports energy drink, with one of those flip-open caps so you can juice-up on the run, and specially designed ridges so you can grip the bottle easier. The bottle clearly informs the consumer about the various vitamins and benefits from drinking the product, with the low 50 calories stripe being the most prominent. I did find it intriguing that the bottle had a dark red plastic film around the bottle, giving the impression of a transparent bottle but it was in fact darkening the liquid inside.
The taste, similar to the Lemon & Lime one, is weaker than one might expect from the Lucozade brand. It has a watered-down feel to it, which one corresponds with the 'Lite' aspect of the brand. It gives the impression of a diluted sugar content and calorie count, due to the weaker taste. There is a nice Cherry taste to this one, which suits the drink well. I do think that the Cherry flavour is slightly less pleasant than the Lemon & Lime, so if I drunk Lucozade Sport Lite on a regular basis, I would alternate the flavours to avoid getting sick of it.
As I don't exercise straight after, I can't say whether or not the claims of it helping restore essential bodily fluids and minerals are true, but it definitely seemed to re-hydrate me moreso than other flavoured waters I have had in the past. It definitely seems like a healthier alternative to the traditional Lucozade & Lucozade Sport varieties, and I would definitely pick it up again for a lunch-time drink, as it supplemented my Cheese & Ham baguette well!
A recent promotion at Sainburys offered a 4-pack of Lucozade Sport Lite for £1.75 so I decided to give it a try. In my opinion, Lucozade had never quite got it right with sports drinks in the past. Original fizzy Lucozade is far too gassy as a pre-exercise drink, making it better suited as a general pick-me-up. Lucozade Sport is unfortunately let down by its flavours- notably a sickly sweet orange and a synthetic tasting raspberry. The standard price of £3.50 for a 4-pack makes it among the more expensive sports drinks but I've found that offers are fairly frequent.
I was attracted to Lucozade Sport Lite obviously due to the price but I also liked the idea of a lemon & lime flavour as it suggested a less sugarey taste, and as a flavour is unique in the sports drink market. While some might not like the slightly 'spartan' flavour that tastes like it's been heavily diluted, I like it. After all, surely you're buying a sports drink not for the taste but for the results it gives you? It brings to mind Robinsons lemon squash but the taste is far milder. The summer berries flavour is also very pleasant and has a natural taste. In this respect, Lucozade Lite wins hands down over its main rival Powerade Zero, which tends to have an artificial 'bubble gum' taste.
Overall the drink feels easy to process so you can drink during a run, or while you're on a machine at the gym without fear of developing a stitch or the dreaded 5-minute sugar high. At only 50 calories a bottle, it's definitely at the healthy end of the sports drink scale. It's also fortified with the usual electrolytes and B vitamins. While some may argue that sports drinks are merely a placebo, I've definitely seen visible results from using Lucozade Sport Lite. For example, it's made early morning runs a lot easier, as I can quickly get the nutrients I need before setting off. With more sugarey drinks such as Powerade and Lucozade Sport, I've found that I need to wait at least 10 minutes after drinking to allow my body to process it.
The bottle features a nice minimalist design, is easy to grip and has a handy drinking spout. The spout is very easy to use and doesn't need to be pulled open, as is the case with certain sports drinks. This means that if necessary, the whole 'opening-drinking-closing' process can be performed with one hand. Despite this, the lid is often very hard to unscrew, which is not ideal if you want to reuse the bottle.
All in all, a great sports drink and one that I would happily recommend.
Being a huge Lucozade fan I was surprised to see one on the shelves in Asda the other day that I haven't tried before! Being a still lemon and lime flavour and me being really thirsty at the time I decided to give it a go when my usual Original flavour had been sold out!
The plastic bottle is see through with a light green coloured plastic over it with a white flip up and down sports style plastic lid/cap to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle in white and yellow writing we are told that it is 'New' Lucozade Sport, Lemon & Lime Lite, 50 Calories 'Fluid & electrolytes to keep better hydrated, B vitamins for energy release'. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and warnings are given, there is a full nutritional chart stated, the size is given which is 500ml and contact details for GlaxosmithKline are stated. Its a nice looking yet still informative enough bottle of drink and I do like the handy cap to the top of it to drink through and the fact there is a slight indentation to the top of the bottle for ease of holding it if on the go or in/at the gym or whatever.
The Drink Itself:
Light yellow in colour and still so with no bubbles this drink is very gently flavoured with lemon and lime and is naturally tasting sweetened and not sickly sweet at all. What this is is water blended with glucose syrup, flavourings and sweeteners and is a very thirst quenching and watery drink so the flavour of the lemon and lime really is very delicate indeed.
With only 50 calories for a large drink promising to help revive and give energy this is great for when we are on the go and need a little pick me up. Not only does it relieve a thirst almost from first sip, for me it does help to boost my energy levels probably because of the sugar content and of course this does contain an array of B vitamins too!
This could do with being a bit more flavoured and therefore tasty but it isn't but on warm days, or days when I need a little pick me up boost I find this to be rather helpful!
Nutritional Information Per 500ml Bottle (The Important Bits):
Energy: 50 Kcal
of which saturates: Nil
Available in all good supermarkets etc at about £1.29 a bottle.
I am currently training for the London Triathlon and am finding it hard going so I find that I need a pick me up during and after my training sessions. Sometimes water is just not enough so I have been testing a few of the sports drinks on the market. One I recently picked up in my local supermarket (Co-Op) on a 2 for 31.60 offer was the Lite Lucozade Sport in the Summer Berries flavour.
I believe that this is new to the market in the last couple of months. Each 500ml bottle contains 50 calories and has fluid and electrolytes to keep you better hydrated as well as B Vitamins for energy release, each bottle contains 70% less sugars than regular sports drinks. The bottle is plastic with a sports cap making it easy to drink while on the move or during sports. I quite often find sports drinks are either tasteless or way too sweet for me, so was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the Lucozade Lite Sport.
The Summer Berries flavor, which is pinkish in colour, I presume to be of strawberries, raspberries and possibly blueberries, is not too sweet and actually quite nice, it certainly helped to perk me up after a hard session and was very drinkable and not at all sickly like some other drinks.
It also comes in a Lemon & Lime flavor which I have to admit is also nice and tasty.
I tend to drink during and after my session as I am generally training for anything up to a couple of hours at a time and water really just doesn't hit the mark. I will certainly be stocking up on the Lucozade Lite to help me through the training and pain!
Asda has just had an offer on of a 4 pack of the either flavor for £2 a bargain in my eyes and I will be stocking up on this big time to see me through to the Triathlon.
I would certainly recommend the Lucozade Lite Sports Drink as a sports pick me up, it is not too sweet and definitely hits the mark.
'When you're the only competition, performance is personal, new Lucozade Sport Lite with only 50 calories improve your workout'. These were the words which magically transported me to search for this amber nectar. In order to appeal to the masses there are 3 popular sports depicted within the advert - squash, running and swimming. 20 year old Chloe Ross, a swimming model was used for the advert where she displayed her breastroke expertise. The other 2 individuals i'm sure are worthy people but I couldn't find any references to them.
The first few days after I had seen the advert the drinks were nowhere to be seen, but low and behold, Asda came to the rescue! They were not selling the bottles individually, but had an offer - 2 packs of 4 for £5 as opposed to in excess of £3 for one lot. As I hadn't tried these out before I opted to get one pack of each of the available flavours. The flavours out at the moment are Summer Berries and Lemon & Lime. Tesco are selling the drinks in individual bottles for £1 each.
The premise behind this drink was to enhance sports performance, whilst remaining fairly low on calories. Typically the drinks available in gyms that promote endurance are laden with calories, which if you are on a controlled diet, defeat your objective. A standard 500ml bottle of Lucozade Sport contains 140 calories and if you're serious about your training, ploughing these excess calories into your body defied logic. For this reason Lucozade came up with the first low calorie sports drink.
Personally my choice of hydration during a workout is water, and i feel that this does the trick. In theory, 4-6 ounces of water for every 15-20 minutes of exercise should be more than adequate. Alot of people don't drink enough water due to the bland taste, which is where sports drinks come in. When training, people generally drink more of a sports drink, although there is no difference in how this hydrates you.
For short bouts of training water is more than sufficient but when you train for in excess of 60 minutes, sometimes you need that little bit more. I gave the Summer Berries flavour a try and, to be quite honest, could find no difference in taste from that and the good old favourite GlaxoKlineSmith offspring, Ribena. So, i rapidly lost favour with this one and opted to try the Lemon & Lime flavour. This one did give me a little kick (metaphorically speaking) and I felt as though I could train for just that little bit longer.
If you are training for 60 minutes or more a drink of this calibre could assist in replenishing those depleted calories and give you that extra boost to keep you going. The electrolytes (a buzz word synonymous with sports drinks, which in essence is salt, potassium and other essential minerals which become lost through sweat during exercise) are chemicals that allow the body to function. They keep the body balanced by generating electricity and contracting muscles, as well as other essential tasks. Electrolytes don't generally get depleted in an hour's worth of training, but if your training for a marathon etc then you will need to replenish your loss of sodium, potassium and other electrolytes.
A standard 500ml bottle is said to contain just 50 calories. Their website offers the advice that you drink their product throughout a workout - before, during and after in order to remain adequately hydrated. Having read into this, I have found that their 'one size fits all' is not accurate - the electrolytes intake at the beginning of a workout are not , but during
This special fluid is said to also contain energy releasing B vitamins. These vitamins have been found to have many beneficial effects on health, such as the maintenance of healthy skin and muscle tone as well as promoting cell growth and enhancing the immune system. This vitamin (like many others) needs to be topped up as it is easily flushed away (as it is water soluble) from the system if you're on weight loss diet. It is essential in providing us with energy by breaking down carbohydrates into the golden glucose.
Lucozade advertise this drink as possessing 70% less sugars than other sports drinks. No artificial colours or flavours, which, in this world of concern over what we allow to enter out bodies, is a statement that I believe appeals to the masses.
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline plc in Gloucestershire. They are the fourth largest pharmaceutical company in the world and are they are renowned around the planet. Lucozade was the brainchild of Thomas Beecham from Newcastle and has been going strong since 1927. Initially the drink consisting of glucose syrup was developed to aid people when they were ill. When you're ill, you don't eat, thus your glucose/glycogen levels are depleted and in need of replenishment. Lucozade is by far the forerunner when it comes to sports energy drinks, but as of late, has had competition, in the form of Gatorade. http://wheresthesausage. typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/07/gatorade-takes-on-th e-sports- drink-bully-boy.html.
Recently my local gym was having a promotional day around Lucozade Lite and were giving away samples for people to consume. As it was being given out in little plastic cups the set up gave the impression that she was administering medicine! I did comment to the lady that the Summer Berries was clearly Ribena, and out of the 2, the Lemon & Lime set itself apart from other drinks. She stated that she would make a note of this - whether my opinion was taken on board, I have no idea, but feel free to judge for yourself.
The technical info is as follows:
Water, Glucose Syrup, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate), Flavouring, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), Stabliliser (Acacia Gum), Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B12). Contains a source of Phenylalanine.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (Typical values per 100ml): Energy - 41 kJ (10)kcal, Protein - Trace, Carbohydrate 2.0g (of which sugars 1.0g), Fat - Nil (of which saturates - Nil), Fibre - Nil, Sodium - Trace, Niacin - 0.61mg, Vitamin B6 - 0.07mg, Vitamin B12 - 0.03µg, Pantothenic Acid - 0.21mg, Calcium - 37mg.
Having worked my way through all 8 bottles over a few training periods, I have found that water is more than sufficient for my needs. I tend to work out for an hour at a time and do not feel the need for a supplementary drink. If anything, the Lemon & Lime flavour was better than the Summer Berries, so if you want to give them a go, go for the Hulk flavour.
Thank you for reading!