Anyone perusing an event’s website these days will inevitably come across a statement that goes something like this: “Aid stations will be stocked with water and electrolyte drink”. Sometimes the electrolyte drink will be accompanied by a specific brand name and more and more I’m reading that it’s Nuun. (In fact, I just ran the Hop Hop Half marathon in Portland and indeed, Nuun was the featured aid station drink!).
Starting with the basics, it’s pronounced ‘noon’ and their specialty is a hydration drink, as either a tablet or powder mix, focused on replenishing electrolytes without additives or sugar. Several of our bloggers have tried their products in the past (read about it here) and just a few months ago, Nuun introduced their newest line: Endurance. I’m a distance runner myself and have absolutely no hesitation grabbing handfuls of gummy bears, Oreos, chips, MnMs, oranges, PB&J, etc. at aid stations, so I’m clearly not worried about “added sugars” from a caloric standpoint, but to reduce GI distress while on the move, when I just can’t stomach yet another gel and the “real” food is miles away, Nuun was thoughtful enough to make their drinks tasty, without being sickly (so we can save our stomachs, and honestly, our teeth, for more goodies at the AS!). The flavors are subtle, yet discernible, and my favorite “feature” is that there are no dyes, so I don’t have to worry about my soft flasks being stained impossibly garish colors forevermore.
The Endurance line is designed for activities over 90 minutes, with a higher calorie, sugar, and sodium count than the other Nuun options. Endurance is available in 4 different flavors (Citrus Mango, Mixed Berry, Lemon Lime, or Strawberry Lemonade), and is available in either individual, single-serve packets or an 11 oz canister (16 serving, scoop included), depending on your needs / preferences / pre-planning abilities.
Floating out terms like “Endurance”, “Immunity”, “Rest”, and “Sport”, what’s the difference between them and how do you know which one is right for what you’re doing? We all want all four of those things in our lives, right!?
I made a basic table to help you sort it out by numbers:
Note: some flavors across the various lines also include caffeine (easily spotted by the black label!). While all Nuun products are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher, be sure to check the ingredients list of your flavor of choice to be sure it’s the one for you!
Products & Price:
- Canister (11 oz / 16 servings): $20
- Individual packets (12 sachets): $24
More about Nuun:
Nuun began as the first company to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. The result? A healthy, hydrating beverage without all of the extra sugar and additives. #heckyea! Over a decade later, Nuun Hydration is hydrating the planet one runner, surfer, cyclist, mother, yogi, hula hooper at a time (the list goes on…)!
As the good word about hydration and wellness becomes more widespread, Nuun has become a “must-have” product for more and more people. Nuun has expanded its product offerings from its sports hydration roots to include more clean-ingredient lifestyle products for everyday hydration! Nuun HQ is based in Seattle, WA. You can find our products sold in over 5,000 outlets in the U.S. and available in over 30 countries.
Thank you to Nuun for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.