“ Manufacturer: Powerade / Energydrinks „
I had always seen this drink in Asda when I was going to buy my Energy drinks (like Emerge, Red Bull etc) but I never bothered about them. They looked colourful enough and alright but I just hadn't brought myself to buy them, until the other week when I thought I would as I was a bit curious about them.
The bottle looks alright. It is a slightly shaped plastic bottle which is easy enough to hold and you can see the bright red colour through the bottle.
When I opened the bottle I could smell a nice scent of Cherries. It was a pretty strong scent and I thought that this would taste pretty sweet. After drinking some of this I felt that was pretty sickly tasting but then again there is over 18g of Sugar in this 500ml bottle. There is only 106 calories which is still a lot but to be honest I was expecting double the amount of calories in such a drink as I think of this range being just like Lucozade.
I paid £1.10 for this bottle. I've seen this available in some places in a 4 pack so it will work out a bit cheaper to buy this way.
Do I find that this works as an Energy Drink? Well it's not an energy drink in the same way as Red Bull, and although I have mentioned Lucozade before this is like that kind of drink anyway. I would say that this gives you Enegry but more of a slow release energy which I guess is handy if you need it due to going to the gym or that.
This drink is available in a few different flavours and although this one isn't my favourite flavour it still made an enjoyable Juice. Plenty of flavour and best drank nice and cold. I have tried a few different ones in this brand and I will pick the odd bottle of this up in the meantime.
A Drink to Keep You Going
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Manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company, the 'Powerade' range of drinks are designed specifically to provide optimum levels of hydration for those actively involved in physical activity. Personally, I play a lot of sports, so I was keen to see if the claims of uber-replenishment are in fact true. In the following review i'll conduct a thorough test of the Cherry version of the drink, before forming an overall analysis and summary of my opinion in the conclusion.
"Powerade is an isotonic sports drink with an optimum combination of fast acting carbohydrates and electrolytes"
PRICE & AVAILABILITY - Where can I buy my Powerade from?
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Powerade Cherry seems to be available from supermarkets, corner shops, and garages throughout the country, and therefore it's a relatively easy drink to get hold of. That said, the prices do vary greatly depending on your choice of retailer. Tesco currently sell the drink (500ml) for 95p, whereas at Sainsbury's it costs 5p more at £1. For this review I bought the drink from my local McColl's newsagents where you can pick up two bottles for £1.80. If you're someone who is likely to drink a lot of the stuff, the 4 x 500ml bottle multipack is currently available from Tesco in a "buy two for £4.50 offer". This is obviously the cheapest way to buy the drink, as here it works out at around 55p per bottle, which is undoubtedly good value.
PACKAGING - Style over substance... form over function?
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You may have seen an advert on TV recently featuring Wayne Rooney taking on another version of himself on a dimly-lit football pitch - well that's the latest promotional campaign for Powerade. In fact, Powerade Cherry's regular bottle design has recently been overhauled in favour of a World Cup friendly football-inspired look. The plastic label which wraps all around the drink's body is predominantly black, and features a red swoosh which is supposed to represent the flight of a freshly kicked football. Overall, it's a fairly cool looking design, and seems to fit in with the target audience that the drink is marketed at (adults rather than kids).
The bottle's cap is basically one of those 'sports jobbies' (ok, so that's perhaps not the technical term...) which needs to be pulled upwards to be used. The first time you open the bottle, you'll have to break the seal on a transparent plastic outer lid which sits atop the contraption. The design works in such a way that you can either suck, or squeeze the liquid into your mouth from a distance. Either way is an effective way of getting liquid to mouth in a short space of time, but the second method is undoubtedly more fun. When pushed down into its closed position, the lid seems relatively leak-proof - although having said that, I wouldn't leave it unattended in a bag on top of any important documents! Finally, the body of the bottle is indented in the middle, presumably to make it feel more comfortable in the hand - to be honest, comfort-wise it feels no different to holding a bottle of any other soft drink.
APPEARANCE, AROMA, AND TASTE - Cherry Tasty or Cherry Bad?
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The liquid itself is a bright and rather artificial looking red color - from initial inspection, it appears to be something that I would prefer *not* to introduce to my system during the height of physical exertion! As expected, the aroma is cherry-like, although it's very different to other cherry-based drinks e.g Cherry Coke or Dr Pepper, and more like a cherry flavoured throat sweet. Luckily, I like the odd cherry throat sweet then and again, so if it tastes like one too I'll be happy! Unfortunately, the flavour *does not* resemble anything like said throat sweet, instead taking on an unexpected blandness. Although the cherry overtones are obvious, the over-riding taste is a general wateriness which actually reminds me of heavily diluted orange barley water with a slightly sour aftertaste. This is a little odd to be honest considering the fact that there is a complete absence of anything either orange or barley based in the ingredients. There is a slight taste of artificial sweetener, although it's not strong enough to greatly impair the flavour. From reading my account of the taste, you may well expect me to say that I hated the drink - but far from it - although bland, it's actually a taste which is fairly pleasant and completely inoffensive. At this point, it should be pointed out that Powerade is a non-fizzy drink, and I'm glad it is to be honest - fizz and running around generally don't mix!
INGREDIENTS - All natural, or a cocktail of chemicals?
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Powerade Cherry contains;
Water, Glucose, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulators (E331, E332), Flavourings, Stabilisers (Acacia Gum, E445), Vitamins (Niacin, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, Biotin), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), and Colour (E122).
From looking at the above list, the ingredients don't appear to be all that healthy - although in fairness to Powerade, the drink markets itself as a sports aid rather than a healthy concoction. What is instantly apparently is the fact that there is no trace of any real cherry in sight (only 'flavourings'), and the presence of Aspartame and Acesulfame K won't impressive those who aren't keen on artificial sweeteners. To be honest, I would have liked to have seen some real fruit added to the mix for good measure, as the real thing is always better than a synthetic flavour. You may notice the presence of vitamins in the form of Niacin, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, and Biotin, and these are chosen specifically as nutrients that the body may find useful during exercise - Biotin in particular plays an important part in which energy is generated during aerobic respiration. I'm quoting Wikipedia here when I say that "Biotin not only assists in various metabolic reactions but also helps to transfer carbon dioxide" - don't say i'm not the great informer ;) To be honest, whether or not these supplements are actually absorbed by the body is something which is frequently discussed by scientists, and as a result any added vitamins in drink form are often classed as gimmicky additions - but who knows!
DOES IT DO WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO? - Energy Giver / Energy Zapper?
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Right, here's the test from a sporting perspective - will the drink provide me with any extra energy during a one-hour-and-twenty minute game of squash? First off, it should be pointed out that the drink has been specially formulated to maintain energy levels and uber-hydrate athletes, and this is something which I could certainly do with as I often find myself most tired at around the forty-minute mark. Scientists say that you shouldn't consume traditional fruit drinks before you exercise, and the drinks that you do use should contain sodium and carbohydrate. Powerade apparently contains both, and as a result *should* increase the drinker's hydration levels. So how did I fare? Well, after taking a good few swigs of the liquid between each game (at roughly ten to fifteen minute intervals) I did feel a bit fresher and more energetic than I normally do with my regular bottle of squash. That said, it wasn't a massively noticeable difference, and it could of course have been down to the placebo effect.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER 500ml BOTTLE - the unadulterated facts
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Cheekily, the nutritional data printed on the back of the packaging only displays the statistics for half a bottle, meaning that at first glance it looks healthier than it actually is. Many people will undoubtedly take a quick look at the numbers and assume it's for the all of the drink! Below, I have shown the actual statistics for the full 500ml bottle;
Calories: 106 (6% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
Sugars: 18.6g (20% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
Fat: 0g (obviously 0% of an adult's guideline daily amount!)
Salt: 0.6g (10% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
From my assessment of the above statistics I would say that the sugar levels are rather high (more than a Mr Kipling Bramley Apple Pie!), although that said, it's significantly less than the amount found in a bottle of Coca-Cola, and Powerade will claim that the sugars are necessary as part of the energy-giving process. Similarly one bottle of Powerade contains ten percent of your daily recommended salt intake, which to me seems a little excessive. Of course, salt is lost from the body when we sweat, but the majority of us already consume too much sodium per day, and scientists have already criticized both Powerade and Gatorade for their unnecessary additions. Good to see that there's no fat whatsoever, and the hundred and six calories are run-of-the-mill for a sports drink.
FINAL WORD - Worth the money or a waste of time?
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Overall, I found Powerade Cherry to be a fairly pleasant drink which successfully managed to maintain my hydration levels during physical exertion. The flavour wasn't isn't particularly special, although as I pointed out earlier, it's an acquired taste and is perfectly acceptable. Price wise, the drink can be picked up for a reasonable price, especially when purchased as part of Tesco's current multipack offer. Would I buy Powerade Cherry again? probably not, as I personally believe that the best thing for the body during exercise (whether strenuous or otherwise) is good old fashioned water. That said, as a big fan of cherry flavoured drinks in general, I may pick up a bottle in the shop when I fancy a quick cherry blast in the form of something not quite as sugary as a Cherry Coke - just about recommended.
For more information, visit the Powerade website at www.poweradegb.com. The site contains a range of information relating to the drink, plus some motivational tips and techniques which can be applied to a range of sports.
When undertaking any form of exercise, keeping hydrated is important. Never mind those Lucozade Sport adverts that suggest drinking their product will enhance performance, merely keeping enough water in your system can be a problem. As someone who is fairly solidly built (so much so, I thought "Run, Fatboy, Run was a motivational video, rather than a comedy), I tend to sweat a fair amount during exercise, especially at this time of year, and this lost fluid needs to be replaced.
The most effective way of building up the fluid level inside a body is simply to drink water, but normal unflavoured water can be so boring. I've tended to use fruit squash, which is more interesting and still very cheap, but doesn't replace the lost minerals that you also lose through sweating. And, as referred to above, the loss of water and essential minerals in the body does reduce your performance and effectiveness and it is that aspect that many of these sports drinks are keen to emphasize in their advertising.
Coca-Cola have a huge share of the soft drinks market, but their Powerade brand seems to lag seriously behind Gatorade in the U. S. and Lucozade in the U. K. Their selection as the energy drink partner for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will certainly help with brand awareness, particularly in Europe, but brand awareness only takes you so far and it isn't much help if the brand turns out to be lacking as a whole. Fortunately, in my experience at least, that doesn't seem to be the case with Powerade Cherry.
The packaging is pretty cool, with red swirls over a largely black base meaning it does stick out a little on the shelf. The cap is fairly standard for a sports drink, with the option of either unscrewing the lid or simply removing the top plastic cover and drinking through the nozzle at the top. If drinking during exercise, this is certainly very useful, as I recall virtually throwing a bottle of water all over myself during a recent half marathon by trying to drink from a bottle without this nozzle without breaking stride.
A couple of aspects of the bottle design really impressed me, though. They're only little things, but it does set Powerade slightly apart from other sports drinks. The first, for those of us who are environmentally conscious and recycle, is that the plastic outer sleeve is perforated, so it's really easy to remove should you wish to recycle the bottle. Secondly is the shape of the bottle, which is designed to fit snugly into the hand. This may not be a major concern for much of the time, but it comes in very useful should you take a sport drink out on a run. I tend to run with a closed fist, so carrying something never feels entirely natural to me, but the design of the Powerade bottle makes it far easier to carry on a run than many other bottles out there.
Perhaps the most important thing, however, is going to be the taste and that's not half bad, either. I remember years ago that Sainsbury's used to produce a black cherry flavoured yogurt and Powerade cheery tastes almost exactly the same as that did. It's not quite an authentic cherry taste, but it's a very familiar version of cherry flavour as found in many products. Lucozade Energy have recently come out with a cherry flavoured variety and that also tastes much the same, although because that's carbonated, it somehow doesn't work quite so well as it does here. Essentially, Powerade Cherry tastes very much like a rather strong cherry squash could be expected to, although it is a little sweet for my tastes and it's best drunk straight from the fridge, as the warmer it gets, the sweeter and more sickly it becomes. Believe me, this is not something you want to leave in your sports bag in the sun during a football match and then try to drink at half- or full-time, as it's going to taste disgusting at that sort of temperature.
Perhaps the scariest thing about Powerade Cherry happens when you take a look at some of the ingredients or, more specifically, the nutritional information. Whilst I realise that when you're exercising, you will lose salt when you sweat and sugars are a great way of getting a quick energy boost, the amount of both in Powerade seems excessive. In a 500 ml bottle of Powerade, you're getting 20% of your recommended daily amount of sugars and 10% of your recommended salt intake. Lucozade Energy, by contrast, whilst having a lot of sugars, has virtually no salt. If you've been exercising and need to replace these salts, it could be helpful, but at those levels, drinking Powerade when you're not exercising could actually turn out to be dangerous in the long term, especially as it is also a source of phenylalanine, which can cause laxative effects. Indeed, there is something about sport drinks that doesn't often agree with my digestion, especially if I've not had one for a while.
On the plus side, Powerade does actually seem to work, at least on a basic level. Usually I find I tend to have a bit more energy after drinking some during the midst of exercise and it seems to improve my recovery time and leave me feeling less drained when taken after exercise. One thing it doesn't always leave me is feeling refreshed, particularly as when exercising it's not always possible to take it straight from the fridge. At any other temperature, it's good for the energy boost, but you're better off with regular water or a far weaker fruit squash, which won't taste so bad at higher temperatures and then keeping the Powerade in your fridge for when you're at home to help your recovery.
In terms of price, Powerade is very much on a level with its competitors, with Tesco currently offering 2 bottles for £1.70 or 2 of the 4 bottle packs for £4.50 on both Powerade and Lucozade Sport and Energy, which makes it pretty good value at the moment, although still quite expensive compared to making your own fruit squash or just drinking tap water. When the offer is over, the price will revert to £3.42 for a 4 pack, compared to Tesco own brand sports drink which is between 99 pence and £1.48 for a 4 pack, depending on the flavour. As much as I enjoyed the taste, I wouldn't be happy paying that sort of price when the own brand is so much cheaper and when I can get a bottle of fruit squash that will last me for ages for less than £1.00.
In terms of price, it's difficult to recommend Powerade simply because of other, far cheaper options and because the effects, whilst apparent, were minimal and not worth the money. But if you are going to have a sports drink, I would say you can do far worse than Powerade Cherry. It's not my favourite flavour of sport drink - that honour goes to Lucozade Sports Tropical Flavour - but it does taste pretty good. Looking down the shelves, it's far less frightening a prospect to put into your system than Powerade's own electric blue coloured Tropical Berry flavour. I would certainly also urge caution in consumption due to the high salt and sugar levels as well and whilst I would recommend Powerade Cherry in competition with other sports drinks, it's not good or effective enough to change my mind that I'm far better off taking tap water along and I would only pick up Powerade Cherry on the (embarrassingly rather frequent) occasions I forget to pick a drink up from home on my way out.
If you look in any supermarket or newsagents you will likely see the increased number of sports drinks on the shelfs and fridges. One such drink I have used regularly is Powerade and I would say I have tried most of their flavours. I use a Sports drink when I play either Football or Basketball or any other strenous activity I like to have a bottle of sports drink with me to keep giving me an energy boost and also well hydrated.
Powerade Cherry is one of the most popular flavours of the drink made by Coca Cola but there are also a number of other flavours in the range as it is a very popular drink in the world of Sport with the drink being selected as the official Football World Cup 2010 drink. Powerade currently stands as the second biggest sports drink manfacturer in the world and has started to close the massive gap to Gatorade in the United States yet still trails them by around 50%. The bottle has two different caps which gives the choice of a normal screw cap or the choice of a small cap which you pull up and drink from.
As I touched on earlier this is one of the most popular Sports drink flavours and I have bought this one quite a few times when I have been playing sports. When you play Sports you want a drink which replenishes your energy and hydration but you also want a drink to taste nice especially if you are going to use the drink regularly. So how does this one fare on the taste test?. Pretty well I think. It's a still cherry taste which when ice cold really is refreshingly tasty. It is not as strong as some of the other flavours of sports drinks you can buy.
So I have established that I like the taste of this drink but does it actually do the job it is designed for?. Well yes indeed it does and very well too. Whether you are Swimming, Working out in the gym or perhaps playing Football or Basketball like me it will give you the required energy and hydration to keep you going for longer. The best results come when the drink is nice and cold and that also applies for the taste test too. I feel though that Gatorade does give slightly better results than Powerade although it's quite close.
This is a decent drink for regular exercise or when you feel a little drained. As this drink gives you 120 calories per 500ml it's not as bad as you might have thought. This drink gives very good results and combines that with a nice Cherry taste which is light yet tasteful. I would recommend this one for anyone who likes other Powerade drinks or anyone who is looking for something new from their regular Lucozade or Gatorade drink. This drink loses a star against Gatorade however.
On the search for a grown up Cherry drink I came across this, this idea of having a proper Cherry drink had gotten into my head since I had some Cherry Coke a week or two back. For some reason the options on the Cherry flavoured drinks seemed to be dominated by kids drinks such as Cherryade or the Cherry Coke, in which the Cherry sadly only played a cameo role instead of being the star of the show. So Powerade Cherry was hopefully the answer, a grown ups Cherry drink that put the cherry first.
The drink is what is termed an "Isotonic" drink, the best I know of that word is the concept that to be fully hydrated we need things other than water. Essential salts and vitamins I think (though electrolytes seems to be the buzz word now) need to be replenished just as much as the liquid that we sweat out if we are to fully hydrate ourselves. Whether this is true or not isn't my field of knowledge, though the adverts do seem to suggest that the concept is true, and to be honest the drinks have been around long enough to be exposed if they were just a steaming pile of lies. The history of Isotonic drinks dates back to 1965 with Gatorade and the story behind the Florida University's football team having the drink made just for them. Though many would argue Lucozade was first, Lucozade actually relies on heavy amounts of sugar as opposed to electrolytes to help.
The idea is that these sorts of drinks (Gatorade, Powerade and Lucozade) are for the athletes, is a little bit lost on me sadly, as I'm a rather lazy and over weight sort of chap who drinks what he wants (or more often what's on offer) and not what he is told would suit his health. I don't want water or flavoured water thank you.
The drink comes in a clear bottle with a grip suitable for slippery sweaty hands due to the thick tread like grips on the side of the bottle. As well as this the bottle comes with a sports cap type of lid, the one where you pull it up and squirt away, often leaving your mouth emptier than you'd expect. A relatively trendy bottle, much more so than Lucozades boring but colourful "rocket" shaped bottle.
Personally a Cherry flavoured drink should be a dark deep red (this sort of colour: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c3/Cherry_IMG_2655.jpg) though sadly the drink goes for a much faker and childish bright right that despite being eye catching is completely over the top and too artificial looking. The drink of course is therefore going to appeal to the youngsters, so well done Coca-Cola in exposing yourselves to the kids here, theirs also a bright blue version that again seems aimed at kids.
However lets be fair a drink cannot be rated and reviewed on colour alone, the key thing is flavour, and with a drink that promises cherry this is definitely the major selling point to myself. The drink when opened has no fizz (unlike the glucose enhanced Lucozade) though by being "opened" it's merely having the sports cap flipped open. When it's poured into your mouth the distinctive cherry flavour is in charge and the dominant taste, though abundantly added sweetners are obvious, they take nothing from the drink in the slightest. A perfectly complimentary taste of fruit and sugars that work wonderfully well alongside each other. As well as the taste the ease with which drinks are to down is a key point and this feels more like Ribena than anything else as it's thin and easy to drink. It goes straight down the shoot with out any fuss as all, and probably would do after a gym session too.
Which brings us on to the products normal selling point, the gym users and athletes...I'll be honest I was sat at my desk, nodding off leaving messages on answering machines, the calling call of a Halifax debt collector is no longer a bald head, just a phone messages with "please" in there. The drink did nothing to alleviate my boredom from the tedium, the feeling of needing sleep was outweighing the battle to fight it, the tedium was in control over the drink. However as this wasn't due to exercise merely boredom, the results from the office test was inconclusive.
4 E numbers (122, 331, 332 and 455)
Sweetners (Aspartame and Acesulfame K)
A source of Phenylalanine
Nutritional information: (per 500ml bottle)
27.5 g of Carbohydrates (17g Sugar)
0.25 g sodium
0 g Fat and Fibre
0.8 mg Vitamin E
1.1 mg Niacin
0.14 mg Vitamin B6
0.009 mg Biotin
5 g Potassium
0.3 mg Pantothetic Acid
I don't know what most of them are, but someone might.
Overall the drinks Cherry flavour has served it's purpose and done what was needed, whether it helps athletes or not is a moot point as far as I'm concerned. A serious Cherry taste...that's just perfect!
Water is so yesterday. Nowadays when you go to a gym or a sports shop, sports drinks dominate the shelves and are touted as the new way to refresh yourself during exercise. I have to admit that even though I love water I do like a taste to my drinks and love the sports drinks from Powerade. The berry and tropical fruits flavour is my favourite flavour but they didn't have it in the gym the last couple of times I've been there so I've got into the cherry flavour recently.
Firstly a bit of history about Powerade.Powerade is a sports drink manufactured by the Coca Cola company. It is actually classified as an Isotonic sports drink. After looking up the actual definition, an isotonic drink is, "a beverage designed to help athletes rehydrate, as well as replenish electrolytes, carbohydrates, and other nutrients, which can be depleted after training or competition." They really do target this drink towards people who are competing in sports, athletes etc because of its formula and talk a lot about how it hydrates during physical activity on their website. I think this is quite good that they have actually researched the product properly because the consumer can be safe in the knowledge that the drink is actually designed to do something and that it will work for you.
Powerade was actually made the official drink of the Olympics in 1994 so they obviously see it as a great drink for athletes too.
However, I only really recommend Powerade or any other sports drinks for that matter when you are doing some form of exercise. At other times I do find it a bit too heavy as just a juice drink because os all the electrolytes them have in them. I don't think you need this kind of refreshment when you are not doing exercise as it will have too many calories for just sitting around. You need those calories when you are working out to have something to burn off and keep you hydrated but not just for everyday use.
The drinks themselves comes in a plastic bottle with a sports top lid that opens and closes easily so it is quite handy when you do go to the gym. The bottle is designed as well so that it dips in the middle so it is easier to hold I think than other bottles such as regular Coca Cola bottles. The cherry flavour has a liquid that is s a bright red colour. It has quite a sweet taste to it but it is also nice and fruity and doesn't really leave an aftertaste in your mouth. I would say it is quite a smooth drink and goes down well unlike some other sugary sports drinks. The drink itself does have some added vitamins such as B3, B6 and B12 and also has added sugar/glucose and sweeteners. Unfortunately with most sports drinks it is hard to get away from the sugars as they are vital for hydration so I would not really buy/recommend this as just a regular drink, I would really only buy it for sports as I know I will burn off the sugars during the workout.
A bottle of the cherry flavour drink is 500ml. In the nutritional information they say each 100ml contains 24 calories so if you drank the whole bottle this would be 120 calories so not too bad. There are 3.4g sugar for each 100ml so again the whole bottle would give you 17g which is quite high.
A great drink for athletes and the like and one I definitely recommend.
I don't normally go for the gimmick of sports drinks being good for you after you have performed because "they replace certain fluids and rehydrate your body" because there has been reports that just plain water is as good for you.
But i saw a 4 pack of these Powerade Cherry flavour drink in my local pound shop (for a pound!!) recently and decided to give it a go. I play football twice a week, so i thought i'd see what all the fuss was about.
All i can say was i didn't really see much difference after the game. I didn't feel any better than normal for drinking it rather than water, except the flavour was obviously nicer, and i'd rather drink this than a fizzy lucozade drink as that doesn't really sit well on the stomach like flatter drinks do.
I much prefer the flat lucozade sports drinks to anything else, as these are nicer and do feel like they help you after a workout.
If i saw a four pack of these for a pound again, then i may possibly buy them, but any more than that and i wouldn't really bother.
Powerade is marketed as a sports drink, and, the UK its main rival is Lucozade.
Lucozade is a very nice drink, no doubt about it, and I think that some flavours of Powerade are nice, and some not so nice. Cherry is one of the nicest flavours and, in my opinion, is better than a Lucozade drink.
Because it's a sports drink, it contains lots of sugar 'to help you replenish your energy (yeah, right), and this makes it quite sweet. It also has an artificial cherry taste to it, so this wouldn't appeal to some people.
It's very easy to drink quickly, and, to be fair, if you have it after a workout it does give you back some of your energy and make you feel hydrated. It's also in a bottle which is very easy to hold, which is great as it means that there's little chance you'll spill any.
Overall, this is a nice drink. It's sweet, sugary and delicious. I love it.