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Old 02-29-08, 10:17 AM   #1
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What is the diff. between an elixir and a sports drink?

I've seen a number of companies now selling an elixir (Cliff Bar, Camelbak) vs a regular sports drink. What is meant by this? Is there a difference (real, or imagined)?
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Old 02-29-08, 11:12 AM   #2
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Just marketing. Not saying they aren't helpful, just that there is nothing tangible or unique tied to the word elixir. It's surprising, actually, considering the snake oil connotations that have historically accompanied the term.
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$.50 per serving.
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I agree that the word elixer is just sales taalk but you need to read the content labels. I use Camelbak Elixer because it contains no sugar or sweeteners and essentially has only a few calories. Most sports drinks have sugar and replenish electrolytes and provide carbs (and calories). I'm diabetic so I prefer to use the Elixer for the electrolytes and eat something (Golden Harvest bars) for the carbs. It gives me better control and is more satisfying. If carbs and sugars weren't a concern I'd do the bars and the drinks.
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Yeah, I was gonna say the elixir probabyl has less sugar. And tastes worse.

The Camelbak ones are awful. I'll stick with water.
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Here are the nutrition facts..

CamelBak Elixir

Specification Description
Suggested use During activity
Serving size 1 tablet
Calories per serving 10
Calories from fat 0
Total fat per serving 0
Saturated fat 0
Cholesterol per serving 0
Trans fat 0
Sodium 410 milligrams
Potassium per serving 70 grams
Carbohydrates per serving 1 gram
Dietary fiber 0
Sugar 0
Protein 0

Gatorade
Serving size 8fl oz.
Total fat 0g
Sodium 110mg
Potassium 30mg
total carbohydrate 14g
sugar 14g
Protein 0g
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