Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Shine Water

If there is one thing in my nutrition that I’m constantly striving for, it is increasing my water intake. I sort of go in waves with this – from being really good at ongoing hydration, to just getting busy and forgetting to fill up my water bottle. I also don’t do a lot of sports or fitness drinks, which is probably ultimately a good thing. While the taste is a welcome refreshment from just water, they are often laden with sugar and other additives. These can be fine in moderation, but it’s easy to go overboard and lose out on the benefits.

So, I recently checked out Shine Water, a “powerful hydration” option, as a potential alternative to assist in this matter. These beverages offer a “powerful hydration” and “vibrant flavor”. They contain vitamins D and B12 to boost health, antioxidants, a little caffeine (25g thanks to the green tea), and electrolytes – all while keeping the calories under 20 per bottle. Not bad at all. They were also created by physicians and clinically tested along the way.

Shine Water comes in six flavors, and you can buy packs with each, or a variety pack with all the flavors to sample. In addition to the health components of a water alternative, flavor is also a huge component. Something can have all the health benefits in the world, but if it taste like garbage then it sort of defeats the purpose. That has happened to me on more than one occasion. I found these to have quite a nice taste profile – flavorful but not overpowering. I was a big fan of pomegranate grape and mixed berry. When reviewing food and beverages here at Run Oregon, we realize that taste palates differ from person to person, but I feel relatively safe and saying but there is something in their library for most palates out there.

While these are sugar-free, it is worth mentioning that they are sweetened with Stevia. I’m kind of hit or miss when it comes to this sugar alternative, and I know that many other runners out there including some of our own blogging crew, really cannot handle the taste. In all honesty, I was expecting a strong Stevia presence in these beverages, but it was surprisingly subdued. When I had my first bottle, I actually had to look at the ingredient label and to see if Stevia was actually in there. For the most part, that’s a good problem to have.

A portion Shine Water’s sales are donated to their social partner, OneWorld Health to help provide life-saving vitamins and minerals two children in East Africa and Central America.

It does not appear that you can buy Shine Water anywhere local yet, but you can purchase directly on Amazon. They may run a little bit more than the big electrolyte drinks (each 16.9oz bottle is about $3 or ~$2.15 if you use Subscribe and Save) but you are leaving all the sugar and calories behind by investing your non-water hydration in these instead. That’s not a bad trade off for us athletes.

Thank you Shine Water for providing us with a variety pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Matt Rasmussen (1636 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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