I'm not discounting the advantages to the "best of breed" products, but I'm not competing at the level where the few extra percent advantage is going to make a difference to my experience or the results. On workout days I'm going through 3/4 gallon of Gatorade pre-workout, during-workout, and post-workout (recovery). What the best-of-breed drinks add are proteins, a greater variety of carbs - including more complex carbs, vitamins & minerals, and sometimes caffeine. I get these from my pre and post workout meals & snacks.
The savings, for me, add up to about $20-25 per month (4 workouts per week x 4 weeks per month x 96 oz. per workout). Here's my analysis (I chose GU Brew for comparison because I consider it a good value "best of breed" - it's what I would buy if/when I spend more).
|GU Electrolyte Brew||Gatorade G powder|
|$ per serving||$0.43||$0.17|
|Price Source||Amazon.com |
(35 serv. canister, free prime shipping 1/2011)
(51 oz. canister, Commerce Twp., MI 1/2011)
|Serving (g)||26 (2 scoops)||30 (2 Tbsp)|
|Servings Per Container||35||48|
|Order of sugars in ingredients||Maltodextrin||Sucrose|