Advantages Fairly refreshing.
Disadvantages Fairly expensive. Not sure that it lives up to its claim of increasing energy levels significantly.
~ ~ I can still vividly recall when I was a wee lad being practically force-fed Lucozade by my mother anytime I was confined to bed with any ailment or other.
Not that you would have heard me complaining, mind you. It was/is totally delicious.
At that time (50’s and 60’s) about the only place you could buy Lucozade was in a chemists’ shop, as it was looked upon as a drink that was only given to people to assist in their recovery from illness.
~ ~ Following on from their success in turning Lucozade into a mainstream product in the marketplace, the manufacturers discovered another untapped market.
Lucozade was well known for its ability to give a person a quick energy “hit”, due to its main ingredient being glucose.
Glucose is absorbed into the body very quickly, (In fact, almost instantaneously) and will provide a quick boost to a person’s energy levels.
So as well as their ordinary Lucozade drink, Glaxo SmithKline came up with the idea of manufacturing a high energy drink, called Lucozade Sport, to tap into the growing sports drink market.
“(of a drink) Containing essential salts and minerals in the same concentration as in the body.”In other words, they claim that because of the balance of the minerals and salts they put into the drink, it will absorb into the body more quickly, hence giving the athlete or sports person a quick energy boost just when they need it the most.
~ ~ OK. So is Lucozade Sport as good as it claims, and every bit as important, what does it taste like? Because let’s face it, if it tastes like monkey’s pi*s, then nobody is going to drink it no matter how much it supposedly increases their energy levels.~ ~ Let’s look at the taste first.
~ ~ Lucozade Sport comes in various different sizes. The price you pay will obviously depend on where you buy it, and the prices I’ve quoted below are from “Superquinn.ie”, an online shopping portal of a large Irish supermarket chain.
~ ~ Now for the energy claims.
Well, I don’t particularly care if Michael Owen (the Liverpool and England striker) claims that it can increase his 0 to 100 yards sprint time significantly, because my sport of choice is golf. (Not anywhere as strenuous as soccer.)
My main concern is that I won’t run out of energy coming close to the end of a tiring round, and thus suffer a loss of concentration or alertness that could possibly make the difference between me winning or losing a tournament or match.
So does Lucozade Sports make a significant difference to my energy levels, to the extent that it would be noticeable? Well, not in my case at any rate! Or at least, not any more than their ordinary bottle of plain Lucozade.
What DOES make a difference to me is the small packet of pure glucose tablets that I also carry on the golf course, that I find gives me a much larger energy kick than any drink I can take.
~ ~ So to sum up.
Lucozade Sport 4x500ml (2 Litres) €5.31
Lucozade Sport Lemon (500 Millilitres) €1.47
Lucozade Sport Orange (380 Millilitres) €1.07
Lucozade Sport Orange (600 Millilitres) €2.02
Lucozade Sport Orange Still (500 Millilitres) €1.47
Lucozade Sport Mixed Berry (500 Millilitres) €1.47
~~~~~~~~~~~~Copyright KenJ October 2003
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