April 23, 2008
Product Review: Snapple Antioxidant Water
The good team at Snapple recently sent us several flavors of their Antioxidant Water for review. Launched late last year, Snapple Antioxidant Water is available in 20-ounce single bottles for $1.39 to $1.59.
The drinks come in seven flavors, each with specific vitamins and minerals that the company says Defy, Restore, Awaken and Protect the body:
- Tropical Mango and Orange Starfruit (To PROTECT) - Vitamins A and E, electrolytes and a complete dose of Vitamin C help protect the body against free radicals.
- Raspberry Acerola and Grape Pomegranate (To DEFY) - Vitamins A and E, Grape Seed Extract, plus electrolytes assist in refreshing the body and mind.
- Strawberry Acai and Dragonfruit (To AWAKEN) - Vitamins A, E and B, Caffeine, Guarana, Ginseng and Ribose, plus electrolytes to awaken the senses.
- Agave Melon (To RESTORE) - Vitamins A and E, plus a double dose of electrolytes assist in restoring the body after any endurance and strength activity.
We were sent four flavors for our review "“ Raspberry Acerola, Agave Melon, Orange Starfruit and Tropical Mango.
At 45-60 calories per 8 ounce serving (2.5 servings per bottle), these are not low-calorie diet drinks. However, they are less calorie-dense than some alternatives such as non-diet soft drinks and some juices. For each of the flavors, sugar is the 2nd listed ingredient, after water.
As the name implies, these drinks contain various levels of antioxidants and minerals. While none come close to replacing the typical multivitamin, they do contain respectable levels of vitamins A, C and E, along with electrolytes to replenish lost minerals in the body.
For those who don't like taking vitamins in pill form, Snapple's antioxidant water provides a nice boost towards get at least some of one's daily vitamins and minerals. And compared with alternative drinks, Snapple's antioxidant water is a good choice if one is looking for a relatively low calorie drink that provides some nutritional punch.
All of the flavors we sampled tasted great, and were a significant improvement over non-flavored water (in our opinion, anyway). Here's how we rated them:
Raspberry Acerola - *****
One of our favorites, Raspberry Acerola has a nice berry flavor we found very thirst quenching. With no aftertaste or bitterness, it was easy to drink and the lowest calories of the four flavors we sampled.
Raspberry Acerola contains electrolytes along with antioxidants in the form of EGCG tea polyphenols , Vitamins A & E and grape seed extract. The company says these antioxidants help protect the body's cells from free radical damage.
Agave Melon - ***
As far as taste, this was our least favorite flavor, although it was still pretty good. Oddly, we didn't notice much of a melon taste, and in fact this flavor seemed like more of a peach flavored drink. It also contains the lowest amount of antioxidants of the four flavors we sampled.
Agave Melon contains EGCG tea polyphenols, Vitamins A & E and electrolytes.
Orange Starfruit - *****
The smooth, orange flavor of this drink made it another one of our favorites. It has a stronger taste than the other flavors, making it a perfect choice for those looking for something a little less diluted than the typical flavored water. In addition, the Orange Starfruit (along with Tropical Mango) contains the highest amount of antioxidants per serving.
Orange Starfruit contains electrolytes and antioxidants in the form of tea polyphenols, Vitamins A , E & C to protect the body from free radical damage and support a healthy immune system.
Tropical Mango - ****
This flavor had a somewhat similar taste to the Orange Starfruit, but a bit sweeter and weaker. Very thirst quenching, and along with the Orange Starfruit it contains the highest levels of antioxidants of all the flavors we sampled.
Tropical Mango contains electrolytes and antioxidants in the form of tea polyphenols, Vitamins A , E & C to protect the body from free radical damage and support a healthy immune system.
The bottom line -- for anyone who enjoys flavored water, or for those looking for a nice change of pace from other drinks and a way to sneak in some extra vitamins and minerals, Snapple's antioxidant waters are certainly worth a try.
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