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Nectar Hydro Tabs

Nectar Hydro Tabs
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Price: £5.99
Manufacturer: Nectar Sports Fuel
Product Code: NEC004
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Nectar Hydro Tabs

Nectar Hydro is a great tasting hydration tablet that contains 5-ion electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride) to help maintain optimum hydration levels. It has a light refreshinng taste and is virtually calorie free with only 1-2 calories per 100ml. Hydro contains no artificial colours and is flavoured naturally.

Each tube contains 20 tablets which is enough to make 10 litres of electrolyte drink (1 tablet per 500ml) or 15 litres (1 tablet per 750ml)

Recommended Usage

Simply add a Hydro tab to 500-750ml water in your sports bottle, and wait for it to quickly dissolve. One tablet per 500ml gives a stronger flavour or mix with 750ml if you prefer a lighter flavour.

As this product contains limited calories it is designed purely for hydration, if exercising for an extended duration you should use Hydro tabs alongside products such as energy gels or energy bars to maintain your energy levels.

Flavours

Available in blackcurrant, lemon lime, orange or summer fruits flavours.

Product Codes

  • Hydro Tablets Blackcurrant - EAN/MPC 5060075671210
  • Hydro Tablets Orange - EAN/MPC 5060075671180
  • Hydro Tablets Lemon Lime - EAN/MPC 5060075671197
  • Hydro Tablets Summer Fruits - EAN/MPC 5060075671203

Nutritional Information

Nectar Hydro Tabs Orange nutritional information per 500ml/1 tablet serving -

  • Energy - 10kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 0.95g (0.07g sugars)
  • Fat - 0g
  • Fibre - 0.16g
  • Sodium - 0.25g
  • Potassium - 60mg
  • Magnesium - 20mg
  • Calcium - 40mg
  • Chloride - 265mg

Nectar Hydro Tabs Lemon Lime nutritional information per 500ml/1 tablet serving -

  • Energy - 10kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 0.90g (0.04g sugars)
  • Fat - 0g
  • Fibre - 0.15g
  • Sodium - 0.25g
  • Potassium - 60mg
  • Magnesium - 20mg
  • Calcium - 40mg
  • Chloride - 265mg

Nectar Hydro Tabs Summer Fruits nutritional information per 500ml/1 tablet serving -

  • Energy - 10kcal
  • Protein - 0g
  • Carbohydrate - 0.95g (0.07g sugars)
  • Fat - 0g
  • Fibre - 0.15g
  • Sodium - 0.25g
  • Potassium - 60mg
  • Magnesium - 20mg
  • Calcium - 40mg
  • Chloride - 265mg

Ingredients

Nectar Hydro Tabs Blackcurrant - Citric Acid, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sorbitol, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Inulin, Potassium Chloride, Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sweetener (Sucralose), Flavour, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Colourings.

Nectar Hydro Tabs Orange - Citric Acid, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sorbitol, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Inulin, Potassium Chloride, Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sweetener (Sucralose), Flavour, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Red Beet juice powder, Colour (Riboflavin 5'-Phosphate).

Nectar Hydro Tabs Lemon Lime - Citric Acid, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sorbitol, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Inulin, Potassium Chloride, Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sweetener (Sucralose), Calcium Carbonate, Flavour, Tricalcium Phosphate, Colour (Riboflavin 5'-Phosphate).

Nectar Hydro Tabs Summer Fruits - Citric Acid, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sorbitol, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Inulin, Potassium Chloride, Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sweetener (Sucralose), Flavour, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Red Beet juice powder, Colour (Riboflavin 5'-Phosphate).

 

Press Reviews

Bike Radar

The Nectar range of sports nutrition products is expanding rapidly and the latest additions are these sports hydration tablets. They come in three different flavours. 

As far as we could tell there’s nothing revolutionary about the ingredients; each tab makes up a hypotonic drink containing five ION electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride and calcium). 

They are low calorie, giving just 1.3-2kcal per 100ml, so you can use them alongside other carb products to keep you hydrated during a hot race. The instructions that come with the tabs say each one makes a strong drink in 500ml of water and a weaker tasting drink in 750ml water – with the lemon/lime flavour we actually found the more concentrated 500ml impossible to finish, but at a weaker concentration it’s refreshingly sharp. 

Each tube contains 20 tabs, which represents good value.

Source: Bike Radar, August 2012

Road.cc

Nectar Hydro is a new range of sports hydration tablet from the same company that makes For Goodness Shakes recovery drinks. You fill your bottle with water, then drop in a tab to create a drink containing various minerals which can help you avoid cramp. The nice taste will also encourage you to keep drinking and stay hydrated.

Having been testing these tabs for the past few weeks, I'd say it's the taste that makes Nectar Hydro stand apart from some other brands of mineral or electrolyte replacement tabs out there. The lemon & lime flavour has a rather sour taste, but in a good way; it's like old-fashioned home-made lemonade. The orange flavour is slightly sweeter and tastes like Robinson's orange squash. The summer fruits flavour is like Ribena. Can you see a theme here? When I've been out on my bike in hot or cold conditions on the bike (rather too many of the latter for my liking so far this 'summer') all three flavours have slipped down easily and been very pleasant to drink.

But it's not all about taste. The mineral composition is also important. This is because the minerals in the drink replace the minerals lost from your body via sweat, and this helps you avoid cramp. Nectar Hydro's advertising blurb is very keen to emphasise that these tabs contain not three, not four, but FIVE different minerals: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride.

Just for the record, each tab weighs 4.3g and the mineral breakdown is sodium 0.25g, potassium 60mg, magnesium 20mg, calcium 40mg, chloride 265mg.

Whether an extra dash of calcium here or chloride there makes any real difference is hard to know, and maybe it's just the nice taste that encouraged me to drink a bit more than normal. Either way, it does the job. As someone who does sometimes suffer from cramp in the leg muscles, I can confirm that I haven't experienced any problems while using these Nectar Hydro tabs.

Will the Nectar Hydro mix of minerals be better for you than any other brand? It's impossible to say. Bike riders have different requirements depending on distance, exertion, weather conditions, and their own metabolism, while the mineral composition levels – especially of sodium - vary from brand to brand (for similar sized tabs). As with so many other nutritional stuff, only trial and error (when you're training, not during an important race or sportive) will determine what's best for you. But based on my own experience with Nectar Hydro tabs, I'd recommend them as well worth a try.

In each tab there's no fat or protein, a tiny bit of fibre and just under one gram of carb. In other words, this is not an energy drink.

As well as helping encourage hydration and prevent cramp, Nectar Hydro is also promoted as 'the perfect solution ... if you are looking to ... lose weight or burn fat'. While this statement is not un-true, your body will always burn fat when its own carbohydrate reserves are depleted, which is what happens when you use a drink mix – such as Nectar Hydro - with virtually no carb content. Nectar Hydro doesn't go as far as some other brands with 'burn fat' claims, but you still shouldn't be seduced into thinking you can shed excess kilos simply by using these tabs. When it comes to "burning fat", you'd get pretty much the same result if you just drank plain water.

A tube of 20 Nectar Hydro tabs costs £6.99 from the Nectar and For Goodness Shakes online shop. You can find it for the same price in your local bike shop, or a bit less at the usual on-line discount stores. This is on a par with the price you pay for similar products from other brands.

Source: Road.cc, July 2012

220 Triathlon Magazine

Billed as 'the first great tasting hydration tablet tp contain 5-ion electrolytes.' FGS's Nectar Hydro sports hydration come in 20-tablet packs, with lemon/lime, orange and summer fruits flavours available. The key feature is its 5-mineral electrolyte formation (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride) combined with a great taste. Refreshingly (no pun intended), the Nectar Hydro tablets aren't marketed as a 'zer carb fat burning drink' but instead as exactly what they are - a drink to ensure you stay hydrated and topped up with the electrolyte minerals lost when sweating. When tested, the tablets dissolved in 500ml of fluid (750ml if you prefer a lighter taste) and lacked the bitterness that's often present in tabley hydration drinks. Even better, the high-tech formulation and great taste don't cost the earth - at 35p per tablet, the price is reasonable indeed.

Verdict - Great tasting, great formulation at a refreshingly reasonable cost - 89%.

Source: 220 Triathlon Magazine

 

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