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BodyArmor Sports Drink Review


This is a review of the BodyArmor SuperDrink. BodyArmor was kind enough to send us 6 different flavors of their new sports drink that is only available in a handful of states.

To show our appreciation, we will punish them with an unbiased review.

The Stage

We had a 3v3 soccer tournament with a team of 11 year old boys last weekend. After 2 games, when we were sure they’d drink a gallon of squirrel piss if we handed it to them in a plastic bottle with a shiny label, we gave them each a bottle of BodyArmor.

They drank it right up, and even posed for pictures.

The Good

First: It’s got some healthy looking stuff in it like coconut water (10%), Green Tea Catechins (what’s a catechin?) and apple extract (is that juice?). From there, it appears to be loaded with a bunch of stuff that is hard to read, but sounds like SUGAR.

The stuff tastes great, and it should: It’s got 15 to 17 grams of sugar in it – PER SERVING, and each bottle is 2 servings. The kids love it! One of the boys said that theirs tasted like Capri Sun (another “healthy” drink). As it turns out, other reviewers have made the same observation.

The Bad

All Natural BodyArmor SuperDrinkBodyArmor has as much sugar as Gatorade or Powerade, so if you’re comparing apples to apples (or, manufactured drinks to manufactured drinks), it’s no worse than the Big G or Powerade. And since it doesn’t have that flame retardant chemical (BVO) in it that Gatorade and Powerade has (or used to have), that probably makes BodyArmor a little better.

But that raises another question: Why does it need so much sugar?

To make it taste so sweet, they had to add about 4 teaspoons of sugar per serving. 4 TEASPOONS of sugar in ONE SERVING, but each bottle has 2 servings, which means that each bottle has about 8 teaspoons of sugar or 30 to 35 grams.

The World Health Organization (WHO?)

PERSPECTIVE: In response to the obesity epidemic that our country and others’ around the world are facing, the World Health Organization‘s recommended DAILY sugar intake for a normal weight adult is about 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons. That’s 6 teaspoons of sugar for the ENTIRE DAY.

One bottle of BodyArmor SuperDrink has MORE than an entire day’s worth of sugar, as recommended FOR AN ADULT.

But… it’s for athletes.

BodyArmor SuperDrink ReviewWe all know who this stuff is supposed to be for – athletes – but the only athletes I know are under 21. The crazy thing is that ANYONE can buy this stuff – even NON-athletes, has-been athletes, mathletes and posers.

So, if it’s for athletes, why are they advertising it to, and making it available to the general public?

BodyArmor contacted The Soccer Mom Manual – a website for parents of youth soccer players – looking to share their product with us. So are they targeting the fat parents or the young athletes?

One bottle of BodyArmor has more than an entire day’s worth of sugar for an ADULT, but they’re selling it to KIDS… and so is every other sports drink company.

In reality, a minute (that’s maɪˈnjuːt) percentage of people need all of that sugar in one drink, and few people can even burn up all of those empty calories. You’d HAVE to be a very active athlete to justify drinking any kind of “sports drink“, because you’re drinking 140 calories that are going right into storage (turning into fat) if you’re not.

But… It tastes good.

Now, anyone can look at our 6 reviewers and see that they’re all in pretty good shape, and they should be – they’re athletes. But everyone knows that many more NON-athletes and recreational athletes are going to be drinking BodyArmor than top-tier athletes – and potentially getting fat on it.

So who draws the line, and where?


Nobody at The Soccer Mom Manual condones “sports drinks” for the sole reason that most have WAY more sugar than they need to. What’s wrong with just cutting the sugar content in half… and LEAVING it at that. Would the other chemicals in the drink just overpower the flavor and make it DISGUSTING?

Regardless, we are appreciative of the free samples from BodyArmor, and we would probably drink it again if they sent us more. In fact, everyone at The Soccer Mom Manual agrees that if we were going to drink sports drinks at all, it would probably be BodyArmor.  After all, they deserve our pseudo-endorsement for no other reason than sending free samples to us is pretty ballsy – but you’d expect nothing less from Kobe Bryant, who has invested around $5 million of his own money into the company.

Grantland Review

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About Author

Mike Slatton is a 2nd generation American youth soccer coach since 1984, and the son of one of the nation's first female licensed youth soccer coaches (Anita Slatton, 1979). He's also a professional soccer scout, a player since 1977, and the father of three adult and teenage children who all play or have played the game. "My job as a youth soccer coach is to develop detail oriented problem solvers who can react quickly under pressure. This relates to life - not just soccer."


  1. Steve, I would love to mail you a drink that only has 5 grams of sugar for you to provide a review. I’m interested in your review based on what I read above (quite interesting).

    • Mike Slatton on

      Sure. You can send products for review to:
      The Soccer Mom Manual
      C/o Mike Slatton, REVIEWS
      23252 Charlston Pl
      Land O Lakes Florida 34639

  2. I see where your issue is about the sugar, but given the amount of potassium, the child/adult wouldn’t absorb all of that. Compare that with Gatorade and Powerade where the salt and potassium amounts are flipped, a child/adult would absorb most of that salt and sugar causing the body to pull water from other areas like kidneys, liver, and blood. Potassium helps the hydration process and allows the body to release toxins through urine. So either have your kids drink salt/sugar water or let them have a drink that the body decides what it needs and doesn’t. Your call.

    Second, it has Pure Can Sugar and not Sucrose or Fructose. The body will burn it because it isn’t just a chemical sugar. The “other sugars” you think are sugars are more for the electrolytes and B Vitamins (the bottle says it). If you read the ingredient listing, your negative critical review would might have backed off a little.

    I’ve been really looking at the product for a while and even brought it up with my business partner after he had heart surgery. Doctors would choose BodyArmor over the other two. I’ve drank both Gatorade and Powerade each for a month, along with the 8 cups of water (I also don’t drink caffeine). My lips were chapping, definitely dehydrated (yellowing of urine), and felt tired. I definitely felt a pickup drinking BodyArmor in a week. Chapped lips are gone and I feel more revived.

    All shelf drinks have a TON of sugar in one form or another. Look for the other vitamins, potassium, and get rid of any sugar with “rose” in it. Your kids burned off all of those sugars by the end of the day. Also, look into how many McDonald cheeseburgers Michael Phelps ate on a daily basis. He is a gold medalist and world record holder. Probably much healthier than you or I.

    That’s my two cents.

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