There are countless sports drinks out there, but only one that has low sugar, is made with natural coconut water, and was the late basketball icon Kobe Bryant’s favorite. Body Armor, like any other sports drink, helps your body stay hydrated even through a brutal session of reps and sets. When you exercise, you naturally lose a lot of sweat. Along with this sweat, you lose a lot of water and electrolytes. Body Armor simply makes sure it’s all replenished.
Each bottle contains 10 percent coconut water, which is a natural hydrator. According to the company’s website, they use potassium as the main electrolyte, and not sodium like other sports drinks. Why is that? They reason that Potassium prevents cramping and lowers blood pressure, unlike Sodium which increases blood pressure. That apart, Body Armor is rich in a host of Vitamins including A, E, B6, B12, and C; Folic acid, and Zinc. It’s gluten-free and uses natural cane sugar and zero artificial flavors.
We taste-tested the flavors and ranked them in descending order.
7. Orange Mango
If orange and mango were in a boxing ring, who would you root for? If you answered orange, then you can confidently pick up this flavor of Body Armor, which surprisingly, has no taste of mango whatsoever. If you were to do a blind test, you would taste notes of orange, of course, and some grapefruit. The orange mango flavor gets full points for the fresh citrus smell, but when it comes to the actual taste, it definitely is not Body Armor’s best one.
6. Fruit Punch
Fruit Punch is a commonly liked flavor. But before you start imagining that this sports drink is going to be like a chilled glass of Hawaiian punch that you had last Christmas, let’s warn you that there’s little comparison. Though the flavor is one of the more intense ones that Body Armor has ever brought out, it’s still a faint version of a normal fruit punch. You can taste a hint of mango and pineapple, among a blend of other fruit flavors. Buy it without being too fixated on what a fruit punch should taste like, and you’ll be good.
This is the most simple flavor of the lot. It tastes like fresh watermelon juice, a little watered down but quite delicious nevertheless. There are no different flavors vying for the attention of your taste buds, it’s just one fruit that does the job, a good one at that. The taste is refreshing, especially when you have it cold. This is the perfect choice for those who like to up their workouts with a swig of a tropical drink.
If you had followed the news at the start of the Covid lockdown, one of the products that were always out of stock in the supermarket isles was coconut water! It is refreshing, tasty, and good for hydration. While every bottle of Body Armor has a little portion of coconut water in it, this is the only one that boasts a full-fledged coconut flavor. It does full justice to the taste of coconut water and is as good as the natural coconut water drinks that were so in demand during the lockdown.
3. Peach Mango
With Peach Mango, Body Armor hit success in introducing another drink that tastes like natural fruit juice. This drink is a reminder of bright summer when the smell of peach itself hovers in the air. However, unlike biting into an overly sweet peach, what this tastes like is freshly squeezed peach juice mixed with water to balance out the sugar. If you noticed that we haven’t mentioned mango here till now, it’s on purpose. The taste of mango is almost negligible, and if it weren’t for the label, we wouldn’t notice it. However, that surprisingly doesn’t count as a negative in this drink, because the peachy flavor deserves a thumbs up.
2. Gold Berry
According to the ingredient list, the drink includes ‘Natural berry flavor’. It’s hard to put a finger on what kind of berry though. The taste is a little confusing, and what comes to mind are fruits such as raspberry, grape and dragon fruit. It’s not one particular berry for sure, maybe a mix of all? The funny part is once you taste the drink, the big berry mystery becomes a little irrelevant. This is one of the gold flavors that Body Armor has, and is best consumed straight out of the fridge.
1. Strawberry Banana
Unlike their Peach Mango and Orange Mango flavors in which the taste of one particular fruit is very dominant, Body Armor’s strawberry banana succeeds in bringing about a sense of balance between two fruits. The taste of banana and strawberry co-exist, with strawberry being more prominent at the start of the sip, and the taste of banana slipping in towards the end. This interplay between the two flavors makes the drink quite an exciting one. Also, this is one of the most flavorful products of Body Armor and has as refreshing a smell as the taste.
If you have read till this point, you are obviously aware that most Body Armor drinks have a subtle flavor. However, we have pointed out the more intense ones like the fruit punch and strawberry banana and the simple yet refreshing ones such as watermelon. Whatever be your choice, know that your body will thank you for it. Now that the hydrating part is taken care of, it’s time to go perfect that skull crusher.