Propel Vitamin Water: Not Calorie-Free

Back two years ago when Gatorade launched Propel in the Philippine market, I wondered if they were going to come out with a low-calorie version. Then they released Propel Vitamin Water, with big “CALORIE FREE” markings on the label.

Propel is not calorie-free, even if it says so on the label.

Yesterday, though, was the first time I actually examined the contents as listed on the label.

According to Food & Drug regulations worldwide, a product has to contain less than 1 calorie to be allowed to call itself low-calorie, and should have no caloric content at all to be considered zero-calorie.

Propel is not calorie-free, even if it says so on the label.

Most people don’t read the Nutritional Information, which is the mistake I’ve been making for some time. But there’s 10 calories per serving, and each bottle contains more than 1 serving. That is definitely not low-calorie at all.

When I saw this, I wondered why the product could have any calories. After all, it was just supposed to be flavored water fortified with vitamins, right? Checking the ingredient list, I saw the second ingredient: sucrose.


It was totally disingenuous for Gatorade to mark a product as “calorie-free” when it’s not, but that’s a lesson learned not to trust claims of a product unless it’s backed up by the nutritional information and ingredients.

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0 thoughts on “Propel Vitamin Water: Not Calorie-Free

  • November 12, 2009 at 10:19 am

    And those calories are from simple sugar 🙁


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