220px-Berry_Propel_6_Pack.jpgI remember trying Propel Fitness Water a while back and deciding there was something I didn’t like about it. I couldn’t put my finger on it – but now I have. When a friend went on and on about how great it was the other day, I said, “Fine, I’ll buy one and see.” I couldn’t really remember what I didn’t like – one sip brought it all back.

I was instantly struck by the flavor of a diet drink. A quick scan of the label revealed that second only to water in the ingredients is sucrose syrup (sugar.) A little further down though, was sucralose – yeah… the chemically created sugar substitute known by the name-brand Splenda. Why would I want to drink water (even ‘fitness’ water) that tastes like a diet drink? I HATE diet drinks. The aftertaste is akin to eating oil-soaked dirt for me… not very pleasant. I prefer my water to taste like water and I prefer my soft drinks to taste like carbonated sugar.

Now, I am not going to get into the whole debate about Splenda being “fake sugar” or the whole health issue or why companies like Whole Foods refuse to carry any products containing sucralose, I just hate the freakin’ taste.