Personal Trainer & Nutrition Specialist Karen Tanner Byrd, BevReview's Health & Wellness Reviewer, takes a look at drinks associated with fitness and healthy eating
Earlier this year a new beverage was designed for active individuals looking to hydrate while also giving their bodies the added protein it needed to help repair and build the muscles from a hard workout. Pro H20 is a high protein water designed to hydrate and supply protein without added fat and sugar. I recently had the opportunity to give it a "test run" and share a little of my thoughts.
Pro H2O is a sucralose-sweetened beverage that is enhanced with whey protein. Each 16.9 oz bottle has only 90 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrate, and 20 grams of protein, which makes it ideal source of protein for those looking to keep calories down. The bottle is similar to other flavored waters on the market and the coloring is unique. It is fairly clear to cloudy white (both flavors).
How did it taste? I tried both Pro H20 Black Cherry and Pro H20 Kiwi Strawberry flavors, which were refreshing and good. It honestly tasted like similar artificially-sweetened drinks but with a different aftertaste that indicated the addition of whey protein. If you have experienced other protein drinks, you know what I am describing. It is not ideal, but it is often what results from adding whey protein. The best way to describe that sensation is that it quickly quenches and then immediately gives you a thirsty feeling again. Hopefully that is an area that will continue to improve the longer Pro H20 is on the market.
Why a protein water? Protein is essential if you are working out because it supports lean muscle tissue. Lean muscle tissue = higher metabolism. Who doesn't want that? If you don't give your body adequate protein, especially after a workout, your body WILL get what it needs even if you don't supply it. It will basically digest your muscles to get that protein. That, my friend, is a VERY expensive and inefficient way of getting protein. The developers of Pro H20 figured that you need to hydrate after a workout, why not also get the added protein that you need at the same time.
From a health perspective, I tend to lean away from artificially-sweetened beverages because I feel that they lead me to crave more sweet things during the rest of the day. I also tend to lean more towards natural products. But, if you migrate towards sucralose-sweetened beverages and are a seeking additional low-calorie protein in your diet, I think you should give it a try.
If I was choosing a recovery drink from Pro Foods, I would lean more towards their Pro Ade Orange sports drink beverage because it is sweetened with sugar (NOT high fructose corn syrup) instead of sucralose. Per bottle 16.9 oz bottle, Pro Ade has 220 calories, 0 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbohydrate, and 22 grams of sugar. I also didn't notice as much aftertaste in the Pro Ade. The calories are more than double that of Pro H20. But, if you have burned off adequate calories in a workout to truly deserve a recovery drink, then I wouldn't worry about the calories too much. Your body needs it!
Wondering if you had a hard enough workout to need a recovery drink? If you have to ask, then it wasn't hard enough!
Official Website: Pro-Foods.com