EFS Vs. ‘Hydration Drinks’

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EFS Vs. ‘Hydration Drinks’

I have had many people ask me what I do for nutrition. I use and absolutely swear by all of the First Endurance products. I use their EFS Drink on the bike and the EFS Liquid Shot on the bike and run. I take in all my calories for racing via First Endurance products.

Recently, their products have been getting compared to Scratch Labs and Osmo. One of the co-founders of First Endurance, Robert Kunz, decided to do his own research to see how their product stacks up to these up-and-coming nutrition companies that specialize in nutrition for endurance athletes.

I found it to be shocking. According to his findings you are getting far less and paying more money with the other products!

See below for the original study.

How do Skratch Labs & Osmo Stack up Against EFS?

An Electrolyte Hydration Drink Comparison

Our customers recently asked us how our EFS drink mix compares to a couple new low-calorie ‘hydration drinks’ on the market and asked us to come out with a low-calorie version of EFS drink mix  as an alternative to these drinks.

We found that just a 1/2 serving of EFS Drink gives you more electrolytes, more amino acids, and less sugar for a lot less money.

Because of these requests, we reviewed the most current research to determine the effectiveness of these type of drinks and we also put together an objective comparison.

We found that just a 1/2 serving of  EFS Drink gives you more electrolytes, more amino acids, and less sugar for a lot less money.

We previously compared EFS to other complete fueling drinks here

It’s important to understand that there’s a distinct difference between ‘hydration drinks’ and a complete fuel mix, like EFS.    A ‘hydration drink’ is designed to offer optimal fluid absorption in order to keep athletes well hydrated.  They are just low calorie drink mixes with electrolytes with the sole focus of hydration.   A complete drink, like EFS, offers optimal hydration AND delivers the essential calories that are necessary for endurance training and racing.

We compared these ‘hydration drinks’ to EFS, a complete drink using a 12 oz. serving sizes.   In order to compare these drinks all as ‘hydration’ drinks we use 1/2 serving of EFS and adjusted the competing drinks so all are based on a 12oz serving.  Check out the comparison for yourself here:

Click here for a detailed hydration drink comparison.

From this comparison you can clearly see that if EFS Drink is used at 1/2 strength, it yields more electrolytes, more amino acids, less total sugar and hence a lower osmolality all at a significantly lower cost.    EFS is also the only drink without vitamin C, because the latest research shows it may compromise endurance and performance.

The 1/2 strength EFS is a great way for those athletes who want a low calorie hydration formula to stick to the First Endurance system of products.   Simply mix 1/2 scoop into 12oz of water.

Danielle Mack is professional Triathlete residing in Boulder, Colorado. She found her passion for triathlons at a young age. However, it wasn’t until she turned sixteen did she really start training strictly for triathlons. Through various paths God has lead her through the years including Xterra’s and Adventure Racing she discovered her ultimate love, long course triathlons, especially Ironman’s!