Many of us wanted to “Be like Mike” when Gatorade came on the scene. The scientifically-created sports drink to replenish athletes while they perform their magic transcended sports and quickly became a drink for the masses.
The only thing is…most people aren’t elite athletes and even on most days, are not typically performing extreme high-intensity exercises or playing sports that Gatorade, Powerade and the likes, were designed for. It’s great if you plan on climbing to the top of Camelback mountain, playing ball for hours on end at the gym, or are preparing to compete in a Crossfit competition. But the average American doesn’t NEED the excess sugar and salt, even if they are healthy and active.The average serving of Gatorade contains over 20 grams of sugar. But the entire bottle of gatorade is 32 ounces, so that equates to 56 grams of sugar. Imagine just sipping on it at your desk and not exercising at all, or a child drinking Gatorade on a regular basis. That’s a problem.
Meet the Alley-Oop beverage, created by Dr. Brenda Jones, M.D., and her late husband, the founders of Youthtopia. Together with partner and minority owner Ronald Fuqua, they decided to create the change they wanted to see.
“…We played a lot of tennis, and the only healthy beverage was water, but then you didn’t get all the essentials you needed from water. We didn’t really get into Gatorade and Powerade because they had so much sugar…We started looking around and there was nothing other than diet beverages…so that’s where the concept started,” said Dr. Jones.
This product differentiates itself from others on the market because of its low sugar content and ingredients. It is also diabetic-friendly.
“Our present Alley-Oop is in a powdered form with just 5-7 grams of sugar per 16-20 oz. of water and averages out to about 28 calories, compared to Gatorade which has over 20 grams of sugar or more per serving.
We add in all of the nutrients you need like salt, potassium, vitamins, etc. Our beverage is non-GMO, gluten free, and caffeine free, contains no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. So, everything is pretty much all natural except for the addition of a small amount of sucralose for taste.”
As a former practicing Ophthalmologist for three decades, we asked Dr. Jones, who regularly served patients with high heart disease, obesity, lung cancer and were survivors of strokes, if these conditions which affect African-Americans so heavily, have an affect on eye health. “Yes, especially as it relates to diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among working-aged people and the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.”
We got the chance to try out the three flavors of Alley-Oop for ourselves and here’s what we thought.
Straw-Mango (most popular)
The Straw-Mango and Slam Punch flavors were as good as could have expected. With just 7g of sugar per serving, the flavor was great. Alley-Oop also has just 7g carbs and 28 calories per serving. They were especially good closer to frozen and a little slushy. Citrus Grind was our least favorite, because we expected a sweeter flavor just like the other two, but it was lot more sour/tangy. However, Dr. Jones let us know that this is a flavor preferred by more men, possibly because it resembles more of the lemon-lime gatorade flavor. This is not a flavor we would purchase, but we think it’s worth giving all three a try.
We give Alley-Oop beverage 4 out of 5 star ranking. We would like to see more flavors and more purchase availability, which we can imagine will continue to expand as the brand continues to expand.
Alley-Oop can be purchased at Youthtopiabev.com
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