Our customers recently asked us how our EFS drink mix compares to a couple new low-calorie ‘hydration drinks’ on the market and asked us to come out with a low-calorie version of EFS drink mix  as an alternative to these drinks.

We found that just a 1/2 serving of EFS Drink gives you more electrolytes, more amino acids, and less sugar for a lot less money.

Because of these requests, we reviewed the most current research to determine the effectiveness of these type of drinks and we also put together an objective comparison.

We found that just a 1/2 serving of  EFS Drink gives you more electrolytes, more amino acids, and less sugar for a lot less money.

We previously compared EFS to other complete fueling drinks here

It’s important to understand that there’s a distinct difference between ‘hydration drinks’ and a complete fuel mix, like EFS.    A ‘hydration drink’ is designed to offer optimal fluid absorption in order to keep athletes well hydrated.  They are just low calorie drink mixes with electrolytes with the sole focus of hydration.   A complete drink, like EFS, offers optimal hydration AND delivers the essential calories that are necessary for endurance training and racing.

We compared these ‘hydration drinks’ to EFS, a complete drink using a 12 oz. serving sizes.   In order to compare these drinks all as ‘hydration’ drinks we use 1/2 serving of EFS and adjusted the competing drinks so all are based on a 12oz serving.  Check out the comparison for yourself here:

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Click here for a detailed hydration drink comparison.

From this comparison you can clearly see that if EFS Drink is used at 1/2 strength, it yields more electrolytes, more amino acids, less total sugar and hence a lower osmolality all at a significantly lower cost.    EFS is also the only drink without vitamin C, because the latest research shows it may compromise endurance and performance.

The 1/2 strength EFS is a great way for those athletes who want a low calorie hydration formula to stick to the First Endurance system of products.   Simply mix 1/2 scoop into 12oz of water.