March 4, 2010 (Whitestone, NY) - POWERADE hydrates and energizes many of the country's best athletes. Now, with the introduction of POWERADE PLAYTM, the brand will do the same for the next generation of superstars. POWERADE PLAY is formulated for the young athlete, blending great taste with less sugar and more vitamins than the leading sports drink, so parents will be just as excited about it as their kids!
"Everyone knows how important it is for our young people to have an active lifestyle. We felt there was a clear need for a sports drink to support the mission," said Frank Bracken, POWERADE brand director. "POWERADE PLAY fits the bill-it keeps young athletes hydrated with an innovative sports drink option both youngsters and parents will love."
Coaches and parents will appreciate the benefits that POWERADE PLAY has to offer. With just 60 calories per 12 fluid ounce bottle, it has 25% less sugar than traditional sports drinks. PLAY is enhanced with 100% of the Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin C and 20% DV Zinc to help support a healthy immune system. PLAY also boasts 20% of the DV of Vitamins B3, B5, B6 and B12 to boot. And like the brand's flagship, PLAY will feature POWERADE's ION4TM electrolyte system, which helps replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium). Throw in 100% natural flavors, on-pack illustrations of partner athletes Ryan Howard, Chris Paul and Venus Williams, and great taste and it is a great combination for the active youngster.
POWERADE PLAY will roll out on shelves in March and will come in familiar great-tasting POWERADE flavors-Mixed Berry, Fruit Punch, Grape and Orange. The product will be available in 6 and 12 packs of 12 fl oz bottles.
POWERADE PLAY is the latest release from POWERADE, the category leader in innovation. In May of 2008, POWERADE introduced POWERADE ZEROTM, a zero calorie sports drink that features the electrolyte and hydration benefits of a sports drink without the calories. Last March, the brand unveiled its new formulation, POWERADE ION4®, which helps replenish four electrolytes in the same proportion as they are lost in sweat.
"Young athletes have an increased risk of dehydration and overheating," said Registered Dietitian and POWERADE advisor, Marie Spano. "Therefore, I recommend POWERADE PLAY for all active youth. It's electrolyte-enhanced, lower in sugar, full of important vitamins and tastes great-that's a recipe parents will appreciate."
MY TAKE ON THE PRODUCT- My children were sent orange POWERADE PLAY to sample and review. They said that the orange flavor tasted like liquid jello, which was a good flavor choice for them! They love orange jello. I'm not a sports drink fan, myself, so I didn't try a drink of it. My one daughter participates daily in Tae Kwon Do and Swim Team practice. She is the one who would benefit from a drink such as POWERADE PLAY to replace loss electrolytes and give a boost with the extra vitamins.
As a parent I was thrilled to find out that POWERADE PLAY contains ZERO high fructose corn syrup. There are sources (even I thought that it contained corn syrup) saying that it does contain the corn syrup but the company states that the drink is formulated with low sugar (25% less than the average sports drink) and 100% natural flavors.
We try and limit or not even purchase drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup unless it is soda pop for a a party, pizza time,etc.
As a parent it is important to know what is in the drinks that you serve your children.For more information about POWERADE, visit www.us.powerade.com.
I was send a sample to review. The words stated in MY TAKE OF THE PRODUCT are of my own and my childrens' tasty words and opinions. Please do your own research and make your own opinions.