BANa Berry Flavored Hydration Drink
P. Mark Taylor
Serious hydration is the promise of BANA. Serious hydration is what has been needed all summer. I tried out BANA last week on a serious 14 mile run. I was running with a new friend and he likes to run fast. I normally run my long runs at about a 10 minute mile or maybe a little slower. He wanted to “keep it slow” at an 8 or 9 minute pace.
I drank one bottle (500 ml; 16.9 fl oz) of BANA before we met for the run. Before you drink it, you need to know what it is: a drink based on the concept of an IV. A doctor decided that if dehydrated people needed IV fluids, then serious athletes probably should be receiving the contents of an IV. He altered the formula a bit and added cherry flavoring. As you might imagine, it has a high sodium and potassium content as well as many other electrolytes. This means that the berry taste has a very salty character.