*I’m partnering with Core Hydration for a giveaway at the end of this review
I don’t know about you, but whenever I go into a grocery store for a bottled water run I get kinda sad! I see all these flavored water beverages and want them all SO BADLY. Then I look at the ingredients, and as usual, find that there is sugar in there and have to put it back. To me it doesn’t matter if it’s white sugar or high fructose since your body thinks it’s the same thing. Why oh why can’t fruit be the sweetener in beverages? And if it isn’t the sugar that’s the problem, it’s food dye or something else.
Normally I just like my water with lemon, but after a workout, I really enjoy changing it up. Who doesn’t like tasty electrolytes after a workout? And believe me, this drink is tasty.
Then I heard Core Hydration was putting out a new organic product, so of course, I ran over to check the ingredients list. I admit, I don’t think it’s a perfect list, but it’s pretty darn close. Anytime you use “natural flavors” or “modified” in a label, my little antenna goes up, however, this is the best I’ve ever seen of its’ class. Core Organic is GMO free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher, and totally organic.
If you are like me and need to know there is a company out there that cares about not using sugar in their beverages (they use stevia and sugar alcohols), this is it. They even have a blog post talking about the dangers of refined sugar on their blog, so you know they mean business.
- I love that they use vegetable juice for color instead of food dye
- There are no artificial sugars and using organic ingredients is very important to me
- White tea in anything makes me super happy! Perfect to drink during/after a workout!
- The water filtration is reverse-osmosis and they make sure every drink is ph balance 7.4
- The plastic they use is BPA free!
- The Watermelon Lemonade and Coconut Colada totally won me over. They are sooooo good!
- You know how I feel about anything with the word “modified” in the ingredient list. I like to keep everything “whole” foods. However, the ingredient they are modifying is the stevia, which has a bitter aftertaste. Enzyme modified stevia extract will not be bitter, unlike its’ whole food version, which is why it tastes so good! Kinda can’t fault them for putting flavor first on this one.
- I admit, I got a headache because I used this as my water replacement today. Not a good idea. There is still Erythritol (sugar alcohol) in this drink, which can cause headaches and other side effects if you have too much, especially for someone who has food sensitivities. Of all the sugars they could’ve used, this is one of the better ones, but not good for someone who already gets migraines. This drink will be specifically used for after my heavy workouts or when I have that flavored water craving so I don’t drink too much of this yummy drink.
- “Natural flavors” can mean so many things. When you read their blog, it’s obvious they care and are marketing to someone very health conscious like me, so, I actually trust that this is probably really natural juice or essential oils or something I would approve of, however, if I were someone that was planning to drink Core often (aka you didn’t get a headache from the erythritol), I would probably find out what they mean.
I will definitely be looking for this product in the store from now on. Which just so happens to be down the street from me at our local 7-11. Check out the store locator: bit.ly/findorganic to see if there is one by you! If you want to find out more about the product, check out their site here and follow them at @core (Instagram), @COREdrinks (Twitter) and CORENaturalWater (Facebook).
Hope you give it a try! In fact, I’m going to go make myself a Coconut Colada spritzer right now…if you want to join me, make sure you enter the giveaway below!! These coupons are redeemable at any location using this store locator for Core Organic, including 7-11. Giveaway closes on May 27th, 2016.