There’s a new water on the market,” my WW leader announced in a meeting. I immediately rolled my eyes. It’s called Bai 5, which doesn’t earn it any extra points. I don’t know what a Bai is and I don’t know why I need 5 of them. But apparently it tastes like eating a peach. I think it’s going to taste like water with a vague hint of chemical peach. I’m not sure why I even want to drink a peach. Eat a peach? Eat a peach cobbler? Definitely. I’m in. Call me. Peach water? Meh.
Drinking water is not an issue for me. I like water. Water is good. But I know that some people have a hard time sucking down the recommended 8 a day. So in the interest of helping out my fellow health-seekers who are more water-challenged, I decided to try this new bai5 water. You now know my skepticism surrounding such a product – I have never been a fan of other flavored water nor will you see me carrying around a bottle of Kombucha because they all create a strong desire in me to roll my eyes – so this is a skeptic’s review. But I did try it.
First a little info.
According to their website, Bai 5 is…
“…an innovative lineup of antioxidant infusions that harnesses the goodness of coffee’s superfruit, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants and, until now, one of its greatest secrets. Every bottle of bai delivers a thirst-quenching experience that is 100% natural, infused with one gram of free-radical fighting coffeefruit, naturally sweetened and flavored with exotic fruit juices. In addition to being delicious, bai Antioxidant Infusions are Kosher, vegan, gluten and soy-free.”
Google tells me that there isn’t actually a ton of science to back up the claim that antioxidants actually do prevent diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Nor is there a lot of evidence to suggest that antioxidants slow down the physical signs of the aging process. But then again, Google also tells me that antioxidants do all of these things and more. Thank you Google. Either way, I suppose drinking some extra antioxidants in the form of low-calorie water/juice doesn’t seem like a bad move.
Sigh. Alright. Enough of my jibber jabber. Does it taste like biting into a peach?
Well, that we may never know because my local Ralph’s (which bai5’s store locator told me is the only place in my neighborhood that carries bai5) did not have Panama Peach. So I had to settle for Malawi Mango, mango being another sweet fruit that I can’t get enough of.
The verdict? Shockingly, yes! This “water” did taste a lot like a mango. In fact this “water” was much more “juice” than “water” in my opinion. Was there a slight chemically taste in the background? Yes there was. Maybe that’s the super fruit? Oh wait, no, that’s the “Organic Stevia and Erythritol” that they use to sweeten the drink. So, there are definitely artificial sweeteners involved. Natural, organic sweeteners, but artificial nonetheless.
But where this drink might have won me over was in the energizing aspect. Again, I have never bought into energy drinks – natural, Gatorade or 5 hour – but this bai5 packed a real energy punch. The whole bottle has 70mg of caffeine which is about the equivalent of 2 cups of green tea. Your grande latte from Starbucks has about 150 mg of caffeine to compare. But I gotta say, I felt way more energized in a non-jittery way after downing a bottle of Malawi Mango bai5 than I do after a latte or a cup of coffee. It was a more refreshed energy and less of a eyes-peeled-open-I’m-awake-I’m-awake-I’m-awake sort of energy.
So will I buy this bai5 again? Maybe. If they start carrying it at 7/11, I might occasionally swap my Diet Coke for a fruity juice/water. Will I be glued to the store locator to find the nearest bottle or ordering it from amazon.com? Probably not.
But it was much better than any flavored water crap I’ve ever tried. So there’s that. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
P.S. “Bai” is the Mandarin word for “pure.” So there’s that too.