REVIEW: Gatorade BOLT24 Restore

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Bottles

I did a collagen peptides deep dive on the internet to find out why 10 grams of it is included in Gatorade’s BOLT24 Restore. Let’s just say my Google journey involved preventing or reducing skin wrinkles, joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and Jennifer Aniston. Just to be clear, the supplement does not prevent or reduce Jennifer Aniston.

I’m sure the reason for the collagen is one of those I mentioned that’s not Jennifer Aniston. But I have no way to test whether the collagen peptides in BOLT24 Restore help with any of those things. So I’ll just tell you how the two flavors – Peach Mango and Apple Pear – taste.

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Peach Mango

Both varieties look like flat champagne or white wine. They pour like regular beverages, but they’ve got a mouthfeel that’s like Jello that’s been put into the fridge to set but taken out after 30-45 minutes. I don’t want to say there’s a thickness to them, but I already typed it, so I’m not going to use my arrow and delete keys to change it. I’m going to assume that’s the collagen at work.

If you need or want more collagen in your diet, go with the Peach Mango because it’s the better tasting one of the two. Its flavor has an equal balance of peach and mango. The stevia is a bit more noticeable in these Restore versions than with the original BOLT24, but they don’t taste as odd as other beverages that are only sweetened with it. I’m looking at you, Zevia.

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Apple Pear

Now, Apple Pear mostly tastes okay. It has a flavor that’s more Fuji apple than pear, and that sounds wonderful. However, the aftertaste takes an acrid turn. Once the fruit flavor fades, there’s a sweet artificial meat-like taste in my mouth that pops up for a few moments. It’s odd, and enough for me to push the Peach Mango one instead.

Because these are Gatorade beverages, of course, they come with electrolytes. But unlike your standard Gatorade, BOLT24 drinks get it from watermelon and sea salt. Also, these don’t contain artificial sweeteners or flavors.

Gatorade BOLT24 Restore Protein

The bottle says it has 10 grams of protein, but it also says it doesn’t provide any daily value of the nutrient. It’s making my head hurt. Does collagen help with that?

Purchased Price: $1.99 each
Size: 16.9 fl oz bottle
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Peach Mango), 4 out of 10 (Apple Pear)
Nutrition Facts: (1 bottle) 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 230 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugar, 8 grams of added sugar, 10 grams of protein, and 100 percent vitamin C.

12 thoughts to “REVIEW: Gatorade BOLT24 Restore”

  1. Artificial meat taste in a fruit flavored drink? That’s downright scary! Thanks for the heads up so I can steer well clear of this one!

    1. Er, yeah…that sounded REALLY gross. I think you’ve sufficiently frightened us from that particular one, Marvo. :O

      I see what you did there. Meat taste in a fruit flavored drink. Steer well clear of this one. Nice pun there.

      1. Yes! hahahah, I only noticed that when you pointed it out. I wonder if the commenter did that on purpose or it was a typo. Love it either way.

        1. It was intentional though I didn’t think anyone would catch it so fast! 😀

  2. From the FDA website:

    Protein generally has no percent Daily Value (%DV) listed on the label, so use the number of grams (g) as a guide.

  3. The percent protein listed on a label is determined by PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score), which is determined based on whether or not the protein contains all essential amino acids. Collagen is a protein, but it doesn’t contain all essential amino acids (specifically lacks cysteine), explaining why there are 10 grams of protein but 0% of DV.

  4. This is turning into a rather interesting comment thread. And thank you to those providing education! And as always, to Marvo for the humour. 😉

  5. i really want to try these. i will do my best to not think about the Meat factor. i was really surprised to read that they don’t contain artificial sweeteners – i can’t stand them, they’re almost metallic to my mouth. and the not quite set jell-o description brings to mind Welch’s white grape raspberry juice in the glass bottles before they changed the formula in the mid-2000s-ish. i loved that sweet nectar so much.

    1. Really? Mango has become a fave, as mild and less in-your-face than peach (which I also like). A favorite juice: Dole peach-mango-orange juice. 🙂

  6. ive always wanted to try bolt 24 but they dont have a sugar and carb free version

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