Run Oregon Test Kitchen: BodyArmor SuperDrink

When you are in need of something more than just water to give your body back what you sweat out, there are hundreds of options at your local grocery or convenience store. For decades “experts” have debated the drawbacks and benefits of what is best for an active individual to consume. Runners tend to be the most critical breed of athletes of what they put in their body, and rightfully so; the stamina and endurance required of using the whole body at once, often for hours at a time can lead to major malfunctions if not properly fueled. BodyArmor has created a line of beverages that address the needs of athletes without all the fake junk like artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors that are perfectly mixed to address the hydration and electrolyte replacement needs of runners.

BodyArmor has a line of sports drinks that include the regular SuperDrink ™ formula, Lyte™ and Superwater ™. The electrolyte content in the first two formulas come via potassium and not sodium, which makes it a stand-out product in the sports drink arena. BodyArmor knows that the typical American gets enough sodium from their daily diet that adding it to their drinks wasn’t necessary. That specifically, is what got me interested in trying BodyArmor. I was first introduced to the products at the Hippie Chick races this past May. I was interested in trying out the drinks because they steer away from packing them with salt, artificial sweeteners and fake flavors. The rep handing out samples was very generous and gave me 3 full bottles in both version of the sports drink to try. Upon hearing that I blog for RunOregon, they were curious to know my impressions and kindly sent me more flavors and the water to try.

BODYARMOR has more electrolytes, higher in vitamins and potassium, lower in sodium, contains coconut water, naturally sweetened with pure cane sugar, natural flavors and no colors from artificial sources. Other sports drinks are high in sodium, low in potassium, have artificial flavors and colors with little to no nutrients.

-The above was taken from BodyArmor’s website.

SportsDrink: Available in 16 oz, 28 oz and 15 ct variety packs. 

Contains 2.5x more electrolytes than the leading sports drink on the market. The flavors I tried were Orange-Mango, Fruit Punch, Blackberry Blackout, Watermelon-Strawberry and Strawberry-Banana. My favorite flavors were the first two, and my least favorite were the last two, but only because I hate banana flavored anything. This formula is perfect for re-hydrating after a long, sweaty run or few hours in the gym. The sugar content per serving is relatively low with 18g and 70 calories per 8 oz.

Lyte: Available in 16 oz. bottles.

This version is just as it sounds; light. With only 20 calories and 3g sugar per serving, this product was appealing to me. It is important to note that the ingredients list cane sugar and Stevia as sweetners in this version of BodyArmor’s sports drink. You still get 350mg of potassium per serving like the regular formula and only 20mg of sodium. BodyArmor Lyte comes in Peach-Mango and Cherry Berry which were delicious.

SuperWater: Available in 20 oz,
23.7oz sports cap & 1 liter. 

The water isn’t “thick” like a few bottled waters I’ve tried. It’s nice knowing you get magnesium, calcium chloride and potassium in a calorie-free and flavor-free drink that keeps you hydrated and balanced. Of course one could drink plain tap or bottled water but you never know what you may get (or not get, in this case).

Impressions:  I love, love, love that BodyArmor doesn’t pack their drinks with sodium and fake sugars! I also like knowing I’m not going to get taurine, guarana and caffeine. I drink enough coffee and tea as it is. I’m typically a fan of tablets or powder electrolyte replacement, because I like to control the flavor of what I drink, i.e. I prefer to water-down the drink to avoid excess sugar and calories. Being a salty sweater however, I need to drink more than just plain water from time to time. I will definitely be purchasing BodyArmor in the Lyte version so I don’t have to water-down my drink. Pro-tip: mix it with a little LaCroix for a fancy pick-me-up!

For more information on what makes BodyArmor a great drink visit their website: and you can also see where to buy it near you (typically your best bets will be Fred Meyer or Safeway) or order it online.

  • 16oz – Average $1.25 – $1.79
  • 28oz – Average $1.33 – $2.49
  • Water – Average $1.49 – $1.99
  • 15 count Pack – $12.98 – $15.98

Thank you to BodyArmor for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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