One of the first things I noticed when I started serious running, was that there are no low sugar supplements or sports drinks. They are mostly loaded with:
A.) SUGAR or
B.) ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.
Even while training for my half marathon, I found I still had to keep my sugar intake low or I'd gain weight. Yet I needed to a supplement during long runs. I could actually FEEL that my muscles and body needed better fueling and hydration. I found that telling (the usually very helpful) guy at the running shop I was on a low sugar/low carb diet was a big mistake (runners apparently aren't into Low Carbing!). So I learned to say "I eat a low sugar, diabetic type diet and artificial sweeteners upset my stomach". Nobody argued with that and they were actually super helpful!
Nuun tabs were the product I finally settled on. They come in tons of flavors, taste good and they actually work! I am a water hound and have to plan my runs along a route that has water fountains, or carry water which I hate to do. The first time I tried Nuun, I had a full glass of water with one tablet before my run. And to my surprise when I got to the water fountain (mile 2.5) I didn't even need to stop! Second fountain (mile 5) I just took a sip and splashed my face. Usually I gulp, splash and gulp some more... much to the annoyance of my running buddies, I'm sure, who never partake in my water fountain obsession.
Nuun comes in 11 different flavors: Kona Colada, Tri-Berry, Grape, Banana, Citrus, Orange, Tropical, Lemon Tea, Strawberry Lemonaide and Fruit Punch. I haven't tried them all yet, but so far I prefer the Tri-Berry and Strawberry Lemonaide.
Nuun electrolyte tablets contain 0 grams of sugar and >1 gram of carbohydrates, which on the Belly Fat Cure is an S/C Value of 0/0. It does contain Sorbitol, which is considered a natural sweetener and a sugar alcohol. I'm also pretty convinced that Runner's Diarrhea is a result of runners using tabs, bars and gels that have sugar alcohols in them. So runners, watch out for Malitol (and things that end in -tol) on the ingredients list of you suppliments! But the amount of Sorbitol in Nuun did not upset my stomach.
Nuun's U Hydration line has 0 grams of sugar and 1.2 grams of carbohydrate. It has no artificial anything and no sugar alcohols and is loaded with vitamins too. U Hydration comes goji berry green tea, tangerine ginger, and cucumber mint.
Nuun products can be found a sports equipment (REI, Sports Authority) and running stores. Check their retail locator HERE. Check back on Tuesday for a Giveaway of Nuun Electrolyte Tablets!
Disclaimer: While I found, researched and purchased this project on my own, the folks at Nuun provided me with additional samples to aid in this review.