I’m sure you’ve all seen Lance Armstrong on the front page of Yahoo promoting FRS, right? At least, that’s how I heard about it. And, if your a cyclist, you know who Lance Armstrong is- even if you are not- you should know who Lance is. He’s won the Tour de France seven times, etc, etc….If Lance is willing to put his name on it, then, it must be a good thing, right? The video clip of him talking about FRS is pretty powerful, as well.
So, what is FRS?
FRS stands for Free Radical Scavenger- which is another word for antioxidant. The more antioxidants there are in your body, the better your body will be able to defend itself . “A 1.5 ounce serving of the Low Cal Orange will offer you a healthy dose of Quercetin- which you wouldn’t be able to duplicate on your own- unless you eat 40 apples in one sitting.” FRS recommends 1-2 servings per day as part of a regular healthy diet and for athletes to drink it 30-60 minutes before exercise.
My favorite was the FRS Low Cal Orange. 2 ounces of the concentrate plus 6 ounces of water tastes like orange juice with no pulp. There is caffeine in this as well- equivalent to 1/3 cup of coffee. The bottle states that “caffeine is used as a metabolic enhancer to help the body absorb other key nutrients in the FRS formula.” My kids and I all drank it in the morning and enjoyed it. Yes, it has caffeine in it and I gave it to my kids and I didn’t notice any difference in their usual active behaviors.
Ingredients include: water, white grape juice concentrate, Inulin, Orange Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural Orange Flavor, Quercetin, Ascorbic Acid, Locust Bean Gum (what’s that?), Gum Arabic, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Sucralose, Caffeine, Niacinamide (B3), Natural Lemon Flavor, Cyanocobalamin (B12), Beta Carotene, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, and Riboflavin.
What’s my opinion?
It definitely tastes good. It was easy to mix, convenient, and a nice change from our usual choices. It could be a great way to take in more vitamins than you might get otherwise…But, I’m just not sure I’d buy it regularly. Not sure if the cost is the issue or the questions; could my body absorb all those wonderful vitamins each time I drank it or is it really healthy for you? Wouldn’t eating clean- such as fruits and vegetables and healthy sugars be as powerful? Healthy energy drinks are all the rage these days- but- is it really necessary? I just don’t know.
If you have an opinion, please feel free to share it!