Ever since I trained with my wife for the Nike Women’s Marathon a few years ago, I’ve loved drinking Propel. I’ve never been a fan of regular water (I always found it bland and tasteless, even when “fresh”) so never hydrated as much as I should. Propel changed that–virtually no calories, very little sodium (especially compared to other fitness drinks), and not overly sweet, but with just enough flavor to get me to drink a lot more more regularly (plus no artificial colors). Since drinking Propel regularly (post-race), I’ve cut down on soda dramatically, stay better hydrated, and found it easier to lose weight because of my water consumption.
So I was skeptical when I saw the “new” Propel popping up all over, “Vitamin enhanced with antioxidants”. I liked that they were making the bottles out of thinner plastic, but the calorie count was up (marginally) and the sodium count had doubled (I have high blood pressure, so this matters to me more). But I figured I would just avoid this new incarnation and stick with my good ol’ traditional version.
But last night, when I went to CostCo to pick up a few more cases, I found that the “classic” version was gone, and the only cases now available were of the new varieties. Similarly, I noticed that the new version of my precious elixir was slowly encroaching on the territory of the old Propel in all the local Safeways recently, too.
G-F’in-D-it! Why why why did you have to change something that was absolutely perfect the way it was? The final straw was that I decided, last night, to buy a few of the new bottles to see how they tasted. Bleah! You can definitely taste the additional sodium, and it has that “diet” aftertaste that the other one never had (except in some of the powdered varities, which I only use when I travel). So while I used to drink bottles and bottles of the old version, I have a hard time seeing myself doing so with this one. What was a fantastic tool in staying healthier and lighter has vanished. And why? So it could be more like all the other unsatisfactory alternatives (Vitamin Water, gatorade, etc.) already out there.
I know, pretty weak tea as rants go, but it does represent a pretty major lifestyle adjustment in store.