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Review: NUUN Hydration Tablets

Staying well hydrated no longer needs to be a tasteless chore. NUUN hydration tablets make your water more palatable while loading it with electrolytes — and all this with only six calories (read "no added sugar") per 16-ounce serving.

NUUN tablets dissolve in water, similar to Alka Seltzer, but NUUN tastes much better, and once the tablet has dissolved the bubbles disappear. The ratio is one tablet for 16 ounces of water, which just so happens to be the size of many cycling water bottles. The tablets come in five flavors: lemon-lime, tri-berry, orange ginger, kona cola, and citrus fruit, and all are made with no artificial colors. A sports drink doesn't need to be neon-colored to quench your thirst.

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In general, I am not a big fan of sports drinks; they either taste too sugary or taste too much like artificial sweeteners. I like NUUN because it doesn't taste like either. The NUUN flavors are mild, which I like — especially when I am working hard. My favorite flavor is tri-berry, with citrus fruit in a close second. Unless you like sipping on flat Coke, I wouldn't bother with the kona cola, although I hear it blends nicely with the orange ginger. You can halve the tablets and become your own NUUN mixologist. NUUN is sweetened with sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, and acesulfame potassium, an FDA-approved artificial sweetener. I like that the drink is made in my reusable water bottle, so I don't feel like I am adding too much to landfills since the tube (but not the stopper) is recyclable. I also appreciate that this is an electrolyte drink fortified with the sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium I need to not become dehydrated, and that it is not a recovery drink with carbs, sugar, and protein. I like to eat these after I workout, not drink them. All in all, I am a fan of NUUN.

A single tube, with 12 tablets (makes 12 16-ounce drinks), retails at REI for $6.50. You can also buy the tubes in bulk — four tubes for $22 from REI, or packs of nine from the online NUUN store for just under $50.

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