{"id":556878987337,"title":"Is BodyArmor Good For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers","created_at":"2022-08-22T23:41:05-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is BodyArmor Good For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers\",\n \"keywords\": \"body armor, body armor drink, body armor lyte, is body armor good for you, body armor drinks, body armor nutrition facts, body armor sports drink, body armor coca cola, body armor vs gatorade, are body armor drinks good for you, are body armors good for you, body armor drink ingredients, body armor ingredients, does body armor have caffeine, body armor edge\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team and RD analyze the ingredients in BodyArmor, BodyArmor Lyte, BodyArmor Edge and SportWater based on medical studies to explain whether we believe the products are healthy or unhealthy. 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The brand highlights on their website that their products contain antioxidants and “potassium-packed electrolytes.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut do these things actually matter to people working out? How does BodyArmor’s formulation compare to brands like Gatorade?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in BodyArmor based on published medical studies and give our take on whether this brand is actually good for you, or whether you’d be better off with regular water.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBodyArmor Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/BodyArmor_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1661226260\" alt=\"BodyArmor ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor drinks come in a variety of flavors, all of which have a very similar formulation. The above ingredient label is from BodyArmor Blue Raspberry, but our comments hold for all BodyArmor flavors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first thing worth noting is that this product contains a relatively high amount of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecane sugar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, at 21 grams (g). Medical research \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esuggests\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that excessive intake of added sugar is associated with negative health outcomes like cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmericans already consume a significant amount of added sugar daily, so we typically recommend avoiding foods and drinks containing added sugar. While a sweet drink can theoretically provide athletic performance benefits, we don’t believe that sugar-sweetened drinks are a good choice for most consumers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCoconut water concentrate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a healthy, whole foods ingredient which is rich in potassium. We also consider it a good sign that this product is colored with \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003evegetable juice concentrate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a much healthier option than artificial dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately, outside of the two above-listed ingredients, there isn’t much in this formulation that we’d recommend from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that’s found in citrus fruit, but over 90% of its production for manufacturing comes from a fungus called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAspergillus niger\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the Toxicology Reports journal. This review documents how citric acid can cause whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small subset of patients, which is why we recommend avoiding it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a broad categorization that fails to define the specific chemical compounds used as the flavoring agents. As we explained in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/isagenix-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIsagenix reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, it seems illogical to consume an ingredient without knowing specifically what it is. We recommend avoiding all food and drink products with natural flavors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis drink has a large number of added vitamins, such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamin B6\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamin B9\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We strongly disagree with the practice of manufacturers adding seemingly-random blends of vitamins to food and drink products. BodyArmor provides no explanation on their website as to why they include all of these vitamins, and we haven’t come across any medical evidence that adding random vitamin blends improves health or athletic performance. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers with vitamin levels in normal ranges, consuming additional vitamins from fortified foods and drinks may be unsafe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we would not consider this product to be healthy and we would not recommend it. We do consider BodyArmor to be healthier than Gatorade, because it contains less sugar per bottle and is free of artificial food dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBodyArmor Lyte Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/BodyArmor_Lyte_Ingredients_Ingredients.png?v=1661226283\" alt=\"BodyArmor Lyte ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor Lyte drinks come in a variety of flavors and have similar formulations, so our comments about the ingredients of BodyArmor Lyte Blueberry Pomegranate shown above stand for all BodyArmor Lyte drinks.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe formulations of BodyArmor and BodyArmor Lyte are quite similar. BodyArmor Lyte contains citric acid, natural flavors and a blend of vitamins; all ingredients we recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt also contains coconut water and vegetable juice concentrate; both whole foods ingredients we consider healthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe only core difference between the two products is that BodyArmor Lyte is sweetened with natural sugar alternatives \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eerythritol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003estevia leaf\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We consider these to both be healthier choices than sugar, and to be excellent choices for a sugar-free sports nutrition drink.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eErythritol actually has anti-diabetic effects when appropriately dosed, as evidenced in an extensive \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31204494\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in 2020. This is the opposite effect of cane sugar. The researchers in the linked article noted that erythritol has documented metabolic benefits.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStevia leaf has an anti-inflammatory and potentially anti-hypertensive (blood pressure lowering) effect according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31204494\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The study authors also noted however that there is some early evidence suggesting that stevia may have an anti-fertility effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we typically would recommend avoiding sugar alternatives altogether, and only consuming sugar in fruit, we do believe these are healthier options than cane sugar given the medical research backing. We consider BodyArmor Lyte to be a healthier option than BodyArmor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBodyArmor Water Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/BodyArmor_Water_Ingredients_Ingredients.png?v=1661226308\" alt=\"BodyArmor water ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor sells a water product called “SportWater” with a relatively simple formulation: reverse osmosis (which is a filtration process) water and some added electrolytes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe brand advertises that this water is alkaline, with a pH level greater than 9. There is actually some legitimate medical research suggesting that alkaline water may provide health and exercise benefits. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8120973\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Human Kinetics\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that alkaline water consumption improved anaerobic exercise performance compared to tap water.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider SportWater to be BodyArmor’s healthiest formulation and would recommend it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBodyArmor Edge Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/BodyArmor_Edge_Nutrition_Facts_Label_Optimized.png?v=1661226330\" alt=\"BodyArmor Edge Supplement Facts label\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor Edge is the brand’s most potent formulation, and not in a good way. The product contains 45 g of sugar, which is 6 g more than a 12 ounce Coca-Cola (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/us.coca-cola.com\/products\/coca-cola\/original#\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esource\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e). For this reason alone, we would entirely recommend avoiding this product. Even for elite athletes that may need immediate energy, we feel there are superior alternatives to this high of a dose of cane sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor the average, sedentary American consumer we would consider this product to be a terrible health choice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEdge also contains 100 milligrams (mg) of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecaffeine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a safe dose equivalent to around one cup of coffee. Consumers with high blood pressure may want to avoid this caffeine dose but for healthy adults it shouldn’t pose an issue.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the rest of the ingredients are essentially the same as regular BodyArmor, although the electrolyte levels in this product are slightly higher which we don’t believe makes a significant difference.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider this to be BodyArmor’s unhealthiest formulation, and the only one we would consider actually bad for you in most cases.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBodyArmor Drink Side Effects\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsumers are often curious about whether BodyArmor is likely to cause side effects. Even though we don’t find the drinks to be particularly healthy, we don’t believe they’re likely to cause any side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor regular and Lyte are free of stimulants like caffeine that can cause side effects like anxiety, and also free of common irritants\/allergenic ingredients like artificial food dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome consumers could theoretically experience a sugar rush and subsequent crash, but 21 g sugar is a relatively moderate\/low amount, and we don’t find this likely.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Healthy Beverage Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/tracking.vitalproteins.com\/aff_c?offer_id=129\u0026amp;aff_id=16840\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVital Proteins Collagen Water\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as a healthy beverage for consumers who want something that tastes better than water but is free of questionable additives. We don’t consider this product to be an alternative to SportWater, which is a water product without flavoring, but to be an alternative option to BodyArmor that we would consider healthier.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVital Proteins Collagen Water is flavored with whole foods ingredients. As an example, Vital Proteins Blackberry Hibiscus Collagen Water is flavored with \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eblackberry juice\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003elemon juice\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehibiscus extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorange oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. These are all nutritious botanical ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis drink also contains 10 g of protein in the form of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We consider this a better option for sustained energy during exercise than sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVital Proteins Collagen Water is free of any toxic or questionable additive ingredients. It has no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, no vitamin blends and no citric acid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodyArmor is decently formulated and may be a healthier option than Gatorade, but we wouldn’t recommend it overall. Nor would we recommend the brand’s other formulations BodyArmor Lyte and BodyArmor Edge, because they all contain additive ingredients we consider questionable from a health perspective including natural flavor, citric acid and vitamin blends.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSportWater has a clean and effective formulation, and the fact that it’s alkaline may provide minor performance benefits, though that needs to be proven in more medical studies for us to say conclusively.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/tracking.vitalproteins.com\/aff_c?offer_id=129\u0026amp;aff_id=16840\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVital Proteins Collagen Water\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a healthy flavored drink that provides 10 g of protein, is formulated with whole foods ingredients, and is free of questionable additives. This is the drink we typically recommend from a health perspective in the flavored sports nutrition category.\u003c\/span\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-08-22T23:56:33-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T02:30:27-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in BodyArmor, BodyArmor Lyte, BodyArmor Edge and SportWater based on medical studies to explain whether we believe the products are healthy or unhealthy. We explain whether BodyArmor products are likely to cause side effects.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-bodyarmor-good-for-you","tags":"_related:hydration, _related:sports-nutrition"}

Is BodyArmor Good For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers

Is BodyArmor Good For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers


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BodyArmor is a popular sports nutrition drink that positions itself as a healthier alternative to other sports drinks like Gatorade. The brand highlights on their website that their products contain antioxidants and “potassium-packed electrolytes.”

But do these things actually matter to people working out? How does BodyArmor’s formulation compare to brands like Gatorade?

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in BodyArmor based on published medical studies and give our take on whether this brand is actually good for you, or whether you’d be better off with regular water.

BodyArmor Ingredient Review

BodyArmor ingredients

BodyArmor drinks come in a variety of flavors, all of which have a very similar formulation. The above ingredient label is from BodyArmor Blue Raspberry, but our comments hold for all BodyArmor flavors.

The first thing worth noting is that this product contains a relatively high amount of cane sugar, at 21 grams (g). Medical research suggests that excessive intake of added sugar is associated with negative health outcomes like cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.

Americans already consume a significant amount of added sugar daily, so we typically recommend avoiding foods and drinks containing added sugar. While a sweet drink can theoretically provide athletic performance benefits, we don’t believe that sugar-sweetened drinks are a good choice for most consumers.

Coconut water concentrate is a healthy, whole foods ingredient which is rich in potassium. We also consider it a good sign that this product is colored with vegetable juice concentrate, which is a much healthier option than artificial dye.

Unfortunately, outside of the two above-listed ingredients, there isn’t much in this formulation that we’d recommend from a health perspective.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that’s found in citrus fruit, but over 90% of its production for manufacturing comes from a fungus called Aspergillus niger, according to a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal. This review documents how citric acid can cause whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small subset of patients, which is why we recommend avoiding it.

BodyArmor also contains natural flavors, which is a broad categorization that fails to define the specific chemical compounds used as the flavoring agents. As we explained in our Isagenix reviews article, it seems illogical to consume an ingredient without knowing specifically what it is. We recommend avoiding all food and drink products with natural flavors.

This drink has a large number of added vitamins, such as Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B9. We strongly disagree with the practice of manufacturers adding seemingly-random blends of vitamins to food and drink products. BodyArmor provides no explanation on their website as to why they include all of these vitamins, and we haven’t come across any medical evidence that adding random vitamin blends improves health or athletic performance. 

For consumers with vitamin levels in normal ranges, consuming additional vitamins from fortified foods and drinks may be unsafe.

Overall we would not consider this product to be healthy and we would not recommend it. We do consider BodyArmor to be healthier than Gatorade, because it contains less sugar per bottle and is free of artificial food dye.

BodyArmor Lyte Ingredient Review

BodyArmor Lyte ingredients

BodyArmor Lyte drinks come in a variety of flavors and have similar formulations, so our comments about the ingredients of BodyArmor Lyte Blueberry Pomegranate shown above stand for all BodyArmor Lyte drinks.

The formulations of BodyArmor and BodyArmor Lyte are quite similar. BodyArmor Lyte contains citric acid, natural flavors and a blend of vitamins; all ingredients we recommend avoiding.

It also contains coconut water and vegetable juice concentrate; both whole foods ingredients we consider healthy.

The only core difference between the two products is that BodyArmor Lyte is sweetened with natural sugar alternatives erythritol and stevia leaf. We consider these to both be healthier choices than sugar, and to be excellent choices for a sugar-free sports nutrition drink.

Erythritol actually has anti-diabetic effects when appropriately dosed, as evidenced in an extensive meta-study published in 2020. This is the opposite effect of cane sugar. The researchers in the linked article noted that erythritol has documented metabolic benefits.

Stevia leaf has an anti-inflammatory and potentially anti-hypertensive (blood pressure lowering) effect according to a medical review. The study authors also noted however that there is some early evidence suggesting that stevia may have an anti-fertility effect.

While we typically would recommend avoiding sugar alternatives altogether, and only consuming sugar in fruit, we do believe these are healthier options than cane sugar given the medical research backing. We consider BodyArmor Lyte to be a healthier option than BodyArmor.

BodyArmor Water Ingredient Review

BodyArmor water ingredients

BodyArmor sells a water product called “SportWater” with a relatively simple formulation: reverse osmosis (which is a filtration process) water and some added electrolytes.

The brand advertises that this water is alkaline, with a pH level greater than 9. There is actually some legitimate medical research suggesting that alkaline water may provide health and exercise benefits. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Human Kinetics found that alkaline water consumption improved anaerobic exercise performance compared to tap water.

We consider SportWater to be BodyArmor’s healthiest formulation and would recommend it.

BodyArmor Edge Ingredient Review

BodyArmor Edge Supplement Facts label

BodyArmor Edge is the brand’s most potent formulation, and not in a good way. The product contains 45 g of sugar, which is 6 g more than a 12 ounce Coca-Cola (source). For this reason alone, we would entirely recommend avoiding this product. Even for elite athletes that may need immediate energy, we feel there are superior alternatives to this high of a dose of cane sugar.

For the average, sedentary American consumer we would consider this product to be a terrible health choice.

Edge also contains 100 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, which is a safe dose equivalent to around one cup of coffee. Consumers with high blood pressure may want to avoid this caffeine dose but for healthy adults it shouldn’t pose an issue.

All of the rest of the ingredients are essentially the same as regular BodyArmor, although the electrolyte levels in this product are slightly higher which we don’t believe makes a significant difference.

We consider this to be BodyArmor’s unhealthiest formulation, and the only one we would consider actually bad for you in most cases.

BodyArmor Drink Side Effects

Consumers are often curious about whether BodyArmor is likely to cause side effects. Even though we don’t find the drinks to be particularly healthy, we don’t believe they’re likely to cause any side effects.

BodyArmor regular and Lyte are free of stimulants like caffeine that can cause side effects like anxiety, and also free of common irritants/allergenic ingredients like artificial food dye.

Some consumers could theoretically experience a sugar rush and subsequent crash, but 21 g sugar is a relatively moderate/low amount, and we don’t find this likely.

Our Healthy Beverage Recommendation

We recommend Vital Proteins Collagen Water as a healthy beverage for consumers who want something that tastes better than water but is free of questionable additives. We don’t consider this product to be an alternative to SportWater, which is a water product without flavoring, but to be an alternative option to BodyArmor that we would consider healthier.

Vital Proteins Collagen Water is flavored with whole foods ingredients. As an example, Vital Proteins Blackberry Hibiscus Collagen Water is flavored with blackberry juice, lemon juice, hibiscus extract and orange oil. These are all nutritious botanical ingredients.

This drink also contains 10 g of protein in the form of collagen. We consider this a better option for sustained energy during exercise than sugar.

Vital Proteins Collagen Water is free of any toxic or questionable additive ingredients. It has no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, no vitamin blends and no citric acid.

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Conclusion

BodyArmor is decently formulated and may be a healthier option than Gatorade, but we wouldn’t recommend it overall. Nor would we recommend the brand’s other formulations BodyArmor Lyte and BodyArmor Edge, because they all contain additive ingredients we consider questionable from a health perspective including natural flavor, citric acid and vitamin blends.

SportWater has a clean and effective formulation, and the fact that it’s alkaline may provide minor performance benefits, though that needs to be proven in more medical studies for us to say conclusively.

Vital Proteins Collagen Water is a healthy flavored drink that provides 10 g of protein, is formulated with whole foods ingredients, and is free of questionable additives. This is the drink we typically recommend from a health perspective in the flavored sports nutrition category.



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