Rival adds a slight cloudy orange coloration to the water, and has a nice tangy orange flavor, and a mild sweetness, with a minor initial bitter tinge (common to Stevia), which is hardly noticeable. It sort of reminds me of very watered down Tang, mixed with OJ. It has a nice finish in flavor, leaving a cleansed palate, with no strong after taste, and the sweetness is just right. Rival contains no sugars, nor artificial sweeteners, and instead uses the natural Stevia sweetener. Stevia is a small South American herb which is part of the Asteraceae family (Sunflowers), and the green leaves of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. In addition, Rival contains Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root, Roseroot), which is a plant in the Crassulaceae family, that grows in cold regions of the world. It supposedly improves physical and mental performance, and may reduce fatigue.
I really liked Rival, since it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, something that I am always weary of. The electrolyte blends in Rival, along with some vitamins, helps with hydration, fatigue, muscle cramps, and lactic acid build-up, giving one longer endurance, and that extra energetic push when required. Overall, I found the Rival blend provided the maximum athletic performance and enhancement of the three products, with good flavor and mild sweetness.
Ingredients: Citric acid, Sodium bicarbonate, Magnesium sulfate, Potassium bicarbonate, Sodium carbonate, Ascorbic acid, Inulin, Natural orange flavors, Stevia, Calcium carbonate, Maltodextrin, Beet root red (color), Niacin, Rhodiola rosea, Calcium D-pantothenate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Cyanocobalamin, Folate.
Catapult adds a very slight purple tinge to the water, and has a flavorful berry taste, and some decent sweetness, fringing on more of a syrupy feeling, though not over bearing. It has a nice finish in flavor, leaving a great berry taste on the tongue, with no strong after taste. Catapult contains no sugars, and uses the natural Sorbitol (doubtfully processed that way) and the artificial Sucralose sweeteners.
- 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.
I really liked the Catapult’s berry flavor, and it was my favorite flavoring of their three products. The electrolyte blends in Catapult, helps with hydration, fatigue, muscle cramps, and lactic acid build-up, giving one longer endurance, and that extra energetic push when required. When you get tired and the day drags on, or if you are feeling fatigued before the ride, the energy boost, from the natural stimulant Guaraná (100 mg of caffeine), really helps maintain stamina, and the addition of a large dosage of B12 prevents caffeine jitters. Overall, the Catapult berry flavor ruled, and the caffeine was sometimes beneficial (not always), though it did have more of a syrupy and stronger sweetness than the others.
Ingredients: Citric acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Raspberry flavor, Sorbitol, Potassium Bicarbonate, Guarana Powder, Caffeine, Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Sucralose, Beet root (natural color), and Cyanocobalamin q
Endurance adds a cloudy yellow green color to the water, and has a stronger lime then lemon taste, and a mild sweetness. It has a slightly tart overtone, that leaves a cleansed palate, with no strong after taste, though it has a touch of bitterness.
Endurance contains sucrose (table sugar), and the artificial Acesulfame Potassium sweetener.
- Acesulfame Potassium or Acesulfame K 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.
The electrolyte blends in Endurance, helps with hydration, fatigue, muscle cramps, and lactic acid build-up, giving one longer endurance, and that extra energetic push when required. Overall, Endurance provided a good blend, somewhere between its two brethren, and it mild sweetness was nice, but the flavor wasn’t my favorite.
Ingredients: Citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, potassium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, sucrose, ascorbic acid, cyanocobalamin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium D-pantothenate, acesulfame potassium, riboflavin-5-phosphate (natural color).
ZYM – Supplement Facts
I really enjoyed the ZYM product, as it gave me a discernible increase in performance and endurance, and reduced fatigue. Each of the products had a different blend, which was beneficial depending on your mood, the intended ride and current physical condition. Each of them was great tasting, refreshing, easy to use, left no residue, and had no overwhelming sugariness. The major benefit, outside of the electrolyte replacement, was that it helped me drink the required amount of water on a ride, since it was nicer to drink, with enough sweetness and flavor to make it more enticing .
I really liked Rival, with its great blend of electrolyte and vitamins, and most important, the use of the natural sweetener Stevia. Catapult had the best flavor, and the caffeine and Guarana jolt was nice when it was desired.
Rival – Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Catapult – Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Endurance – Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
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