Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Try it Tuesday: GU Brew Electrolyte Tabs

I’m very deliberate with my training. Any changes that I make are fast like a bikini wax very slow to be incorporated into my overall plan. So, even though GU sent me a super secret package a few weeks back, it might make sense that I haven’t posted about it now.

In the middle of January, a number of bloggers (I know of Frayed Laces, Iron Brandon, SUAR, Steve in a Speedo, and Endurance isn't only Physical...to name a few) were each sent 1 of 26 packages of GU's new electrolyte tablets.  Both the packaging as well as the letter attached, were a bit ominous, were kind of cool in a super secret James Bond kind of a way.

Photo courtesy of Tricia because I couldn't find mine

GU’s electrolyte tablets are similar to some of the other electrolyte tablets that you’ve seen on the market (Nuun, Camelback, etc) with a few key differences.  First, GU’s are all natural.  They don’t have any aspartame (that I’m pretty sure shrink your nads) or Sodium Benzoate (which I know I’ve sure been trying to cut back on).  They have plenty of sodium and potassium while still only having 8 calories.  Quite honestly, when you only have 8 calories, you might as well say zero – I think I burn more than 8 calories scratching myself.

I’ve tried them on runs and loved how they made my water taste (I have the Peach-Tea flavor), I’ve tried them in my water bottle at work and REALLY love how they make me drink more water.  However, up until this weekend, there was one way that I had NOT tried them.  In beer.

You see, while I tried Nuun with wine (blog post here), I thought that the Peach-Tea flavor of the GU Tabs would go best with beer.  A method to my drunkenness madness.  So, after I had already tried about 2/3 of the canister of Gu Tabs, I got all set up for my little experiment:

The tools of my trade.  Beer and GU.  Do you need anything else?

To my surprise, when I put the GU Tab into the beer, it foamed over like it had been in a girls bookbag at a Justin Bieber concert.  Fortunately, I was not only quick on the mouth suck, but I was also quick on the camera to capture the special moment in time.
Look at the focus in my eyes!

Foam is now under control

Overall, I have to admit – the beer and GU Tabs wasn’t all that bad!  It honestly made the Bud Light taste a little like a wheat beer…..  a peachy wheat beer.




Thumbs up for mixing two of my favorite things
Sitting on my ass and drinking beer  Endurance and beer!



The pros and cons to this one were very similar to the “other” zero calorie electrolyte tabs that you’ve seen before (and that I posted about before). But, for redundancy sake:

Pros
  • Zero calories. (or close enough to zero) You don’t have to worry about the drink adding to your waistline like you do with delicious beer
  • Similar flavors to GU. If you like the flavors of GU, you will like the GU Electrolyte Tabs. The peach-tea was very good – goldilocks style. Not too strong, not too weak, but just right.
Cons
  • Zero calories. Since there are no carbs in your drink, you'll have to get calories from GU or some other source like….delicious beer
  • Similar to the Nuun, the effervescence of the tabs does create some pressure in your water bottle if you throw them in there last minute and seal it tight.

That said, the GU Electrolyte tabs get my seal of approval. I’m not 100% sure that they are better or worse than Nuun, but I know that certain brands are better with some stomachs than others – and if you like the GU flavors, then you’ll love these!!


FCC Crap: I got this for free, blah blah, didn't get paid for my review, blah blah, why are you reading this, anyway?

36 comments:

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

So aspartame explains why I can't find my nads. Way to suck down that head!

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

8 calories? I'll bet I consume more calories during oral sex. I'll stick with my regular GU.

Tim Wilson said...

Can't say that I would have ever thought to mix the two, and at the same time am not surprised you would.

Rose said...

Do you think beer would get too flat in a hydration belt?

Kovas said...

Reminiscent of a panaché, a French beer cocktail that is equal parts French-style lemonade and lager. Well-done, Adam, well-done.

Nobel4Lit said...

I am not sure I'd call this an epic product, but if I run into a sample, I'd love to try it, too! I love GU!

Kiesha said...

Have you met MCMMamma.blogspot.com? She's the one person in the blogosphere that could rival your love for beer. ;)

So it tastes good but I wanna hear if it did anything for your performance!

C2Iowa said...

Well done. However, on a side note, which variety is the label for in the back ground? CabSauv? from Silver Oak

C2Iowa said...

At 70$ a bottle - I hope that they tossed in the photo.

Amber said...

Okay don't get too excited when you read this. You've won. Love it, hate it, ignore it. You do what you want with it!
http://amberwrites.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-would-like-to-thank-members-of-press.html

I dont know how I feel about the 8 calories, isn't the whole point to get calories? Im confused...

Shawn said...

Bud Light...yuck...get some Sierra Nevada man

ShutUpandRun said...

Amazing. I never thought about the GBETs in my beer. Wonder if it wards off a hangover.

Pretend this is real said...

Brilliant! Sounds like something I would have done!

Dash said...

I'm not going to lie, it's been a deep desire of mine to test the Nuun Cola flavor out with some rum...

Mark said...

So what about hangovers? Every other beer you add GU? I'm intrigued.

"every two, add GU"

Quix said...

Love it. We have a post race tradition of getting hammered, so this seems like it might be a good thing.

I ran a mud run race (warrior dash) and these guys were selling mixers. I figured why the heck not.... http://www.ironylabs.com/ Not too sweet but totally tasty and I actually didn't have a crushing hangover the next day! :D It was pretty sweet.

Laurie said...

My favorite drink is gin and citrus Nuun -- delicious! I wish I was making this up but sadly I am not.

Average A said...

Ok, whatever. There had to have been more than 26 of these in the world because I now know approximately 27 people who had them. Whatever.

This review is by far the best out of all of them, blah blah blah why are you reading this anyway.

xoxo,
A

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

In the past I have actually eaten pinches of salt as I run. Hey, I live in Louisiana! When it's 102 F and I'm running in it I need some sodium stat!

Anne said...

That sounds perfect to add to the drink in my flask on long runs :)

TutuRunner said...

mmmmm..... bubbly.

destinationathlete said...

Hmm. Have to say Ive never mixed electrolyte tabs with beer.

And I'm from Wisconsin, so that's saying a lot!

Nicole said...

It sounds like that would go much better than the nuun and wine, that's just disgusting! I am curious to try it out in a flavor other than peach tea because I wonder if it would taste like the crystal light knock-offs I used to drink.
I must immediately check out commenters #2's blog!

Chris K said...

No Comment from Jamoosh. Looks like he's giving you the silent treatment due to your beer choice.

Morgan said...

LMAO at Chris K's comment! Also LMAO at your decision to mix fizzing tablet's with alcohol. Only you Adam, only you...

funderson said...

OH my gosh! Endurance beer...I love it. Wild Bill has been calling whatever cheap canned beer his "engery drink" for years. Now, I can tell him he's not alone.

RunnuRMark said...

Next experiment: just pop one of those tablets in your mouth by itself. I wonder if it's like a sweet tart. DO IT!

The Sean said...

At least you added some taste to the "beer". You are a brave soul, Adam.

BrianFlash said...

Mentioning 'delicious beer' and showing Bud Light!? I thought better of you.

Al's CL Reviews said...

You had a Bud Light in the house?

Glenn Jones said...

Hmm. Do I see a Youtube of a 2 liter Diet Coke bottle and Gu tablets in the near future?

Jamoosh said...

Technically, I guess I should give you kudos for not wasting a good beer.

Tricia said...

That can't possibly be my letter. Mine started out "we think you're the coolest thing since sliced bread"

Laura said...

HOW DO I GET THESE?!

I want to mix the peach and beer for all my marathons that I pace from now on, to further my reputation as "the fun pacer."

Dr. TriRunner said...

I drank a beer during the last hour of a trainer ride last week.... gotta do what you gotta do!

Andrew Opala said...

wait. stop! "To serve humans ..." ... "it's a cookbook!"