Elixir uses three sweeteners, Sorbitol, Acesulfame potassium and Sucralose, the latter two are considered artificial. A sugar substitute is a food additive that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste, usually with less food energy. You can find reams of information on the internet on the health controversy on these substances, but in moderation they can have their place. Better fitness through science!
- Sucralose is 600 times as sweet as sucrose, and was discovered in 1976 by scientists from Tate & Lyle, in collaboration with Leslie Hough and Shashikant Phadnis. It is manufactured by the selective chlorination of sucrose, which converts three of the hydroxyl groups to chlorides.
- Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which is 60% as sweet as sucrose, and is slowly absorbed by the body, was first discovered by a French chemist in the berries of the mountain ash in 1872. It is obtained by reduction of glucose, changing the aldehyde group to an additional hydroxyl group.
- Acesulfame potassium is 200 times sweeter than sucrose, and was discovered accidentally in 1967 by German chemist Karl Clauss at Hoechst AG. It is manufactured by the transformation of an organic intermediate, acetoacetic acid, and its combination with the naturally occurring mineral, potassium.
All in all, I really liked Elixir, it was great tasting, was refreshing, easy to use, left no residue, had no overwhelming sugariness, and extended my athletic performance and recovery. The major benefit, outside of the electrolyte replacement, was that is made me drink the required amount of water on a ride (easy to drink).
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
MSRP: $10 (for a 12 tablet tube)
CamelBak Elixir – Supplement Facts
|Serving size 1 tablet||6 g||6.1 g||6.1 g|
|Servings per container||12||12||12|
|Calories per serving||10||10||10|
|Carbohydrates||2 g||1 .3 g||1.3 g|
|Sodium||340 mg||420 mg||410 mg|
|Potassium||125 g||70 g||70 g|
|Calcium||0||33 mg||33 mg|
|Magnesium||0||18 mg||18 mg|
|Manganese||0||1.4 mg||1.4 mg|
|Chloride||0||68 mg||68 mg|
|Vitamin C||120 mg||86 mg||86 mg|
|Vitamin B6||2.5 mg||0||0|
|Vitamin B12||3 mcg||0||0|
|Pantothenic Acid||5 mg||0||0|
|Guarana seed||25 mg||0||0|
Berry and Lemon Lime Ingredients: Citric acid, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate, artificial (berry) and natural (lemon lime) flavors, sodium carbonate, sodium citrate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid, calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, sodium benzoate, polyethylene glycol, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, manganese gluconate
Orange Ingredients: Citric acid, sorbitol, sodium bicarbonate, natural flavors, sodium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, polyethylene glycol, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, taurine, caffeine, acesulfame potassium, inositol, d-glucoronolactone, guarana, biotin, calcium-d-pantothenate, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ridoflavin-5-phosphate, cyanocobalamin