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New Formula Flavor Facts
on April 9, 2011
Many of the reviews here comment about the better taste in the original P90X Results and Recovery Formula. One of the reviews mentioned the switch away from fructose in the reformulation, which is true. Let me add more facts about the ingredient changes and then some subjective comparisons. First, the facts.
The primary ingredient in both formulas is still sugar, which is why this drink serves primarily as a carbohydrate replacement after a workout. The "new and improved" formula removes the fructose. The primary sugars in the old formula were fructose, dextrose and maltodextrin (in that order). The new formula's sugars are primarily dextrose and maltodextrin. Besides the sugar change, the biggest change seems to be the new formula contains half the fat and twice the dietary fiber of the old formula.
Fat facts: The old formula contains 2g of fat per serving, with 30mg of cholesterol. The new formula has 1g of fat and 20mg of cholesterol -- half the fat and 1/3 less cholesterol. However, the new formula contains about twice the amount of saturated fats, from 0.5g in the old to slightly less than 1g in the new.
Most of the actual ingredients remain the same, although the new formula apparently contains no artificial flavors, which the old formula did. Both still provide 700mg of L-arginine, 500mg of L-glutamine and 500mg of creatine monohydrate per serving. Both contain 220 calories per serving and the serving size is still 60g.
What's the same or nearly the same?
Vitamin A: 60% DV
Vitamin C: 750% DV
Vitamin E: 500% DV
Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 : 30% DV
Total carbs: 13% DV (39g in old, 40g in new)
Potassium: 4% DV (OLD: 147mg, NEW: 155mg)
With those facts dispensed with, I find the flavor of the new formula less pleasing although they are both sweet, tasty drinks with an orange flavor. The old formula tastes much like a drinkable version of an orange creamsicle. If you never had one of those, it is a popsicle made from vanilla ice cream, coated with a sugary orange concoction. Yum! If you hate orange creamicles, you will not miss the old formula.
The new formula still tastes good, but gone is the milky, vanilla ice cream flavor. The new formula tastes a little like orange-flavored Tang. I will take the new flavor over the old in exchange for losing half the fat and some of the cholestrol.
I rate this product 4 stars because it seems to contain the ingredients I hear recommended to replenish the body after a hard workout with weights. It doesn't get 5 stars because this product is pricey. As Tony Horton, the buff Beachbody P90X exercise leader, says himself during the Legs and Back routine, the recovery drink "is money." I'm betting it is. It is a LOT of money for the Beachbody company, Product Partners. But heck, I buy it for what it has in it and the convenience of finding it all in one tasty, easy to mix drink.