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Monday, July 11, 2011

NUUN Electrolyte Tabs

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 

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.


  1. Happy Belated Birthday Amber!! You look great in your recent pic. Don't be so hard on yourself!! It's a life long journey and thank goodness we found a great lifestyle with BFC and/or FT. Thank you for your support and keep blogging!!

    Peace, Esther

  2. Awesome! I haven't needed any supplementation beyond the hydration stations in my 5K races so far, but I imagine I might need something once I up to the half maration - not that I've commited yet, but it's good to have optins. :)

  3. Amber, I used to like to run years ago, but then I hurt me knee. It's fine now, and I think I would like to start tyring to run, or really jog again. I think I need to take off a bit of weight before I start, just to ease the pounding on my knee, and not to stir up any trouble. Did you wait until you lost a bit of weight to start running?

  4. I have the same question as Pattie.... Would love to turn my 4-6 mile walks into at least partial runs but am worried about the stress load on my creaky joints. We have a beautiful river path in front of our house, so i really have no excuse (other than fear of ridicule....no matter how much weight i lose i will never look like a "runner"). Im 5'5" and was sort of kicking 160 around as a weight i might want to start the ramp up. What do you think?

  5. Hey Amber! I love the Curves workout! It suits my needs perfectly - I love the 30 minute full body workout. Now if only I could get myself to do the recommended 3x per week, I know I would be seeing more drastic results. I agree too, that body fat is a more accurate indicator of health than body weight. I wish it wasn't so hard to get accurate measurements! :)

  6. Hi Amber. Where did you find the So Delicious ice cream? I live in So. Cal and would like to try it instead of Clemmy's. I have no prob with the sugar alcohols in Clemmy's, but would like a new option.

  7. I got mine at whole foods! Its a great option!

  8. I love the idea. Thanks for introducing me to these electrolyte tabs. They just might be my favorite tabs, instead of my good old guitar tabs chords.

  9. There are 3 kinds of Nuun tablets, but only one (U Natural) does not have a sugar alcohol. The other two (Active and All Day) both have sorbitol. If you are sensitive to sugar alcohols (like me) - sorbitol can cause distress.

  10. There are 3 kinds of Nuun tablets, but only one (U Natural) does not have a sugar alcohol. The other two (Active and All Day) both have sorbitol. If you are sensitive to sugar alcohols (like me) - sorbitol can cause distress.