Propel Fitness Water is a lightly flavored, non-carbonated water beverage containing antioxidant vitamins C and E, along with 4 different B vitamins. It is a product of Gatorade which is marketed by PepsiCo.
Propel was introduced by Gatorade in 2000 to compete with the bottled water market. It also was to serve as an alternative to Gatorade for people trying to avoid excess sugar and carbohydrates while still satisfying the body's need for electrolytes to combat dehydration. Aggressive marketing led to Propel becoming the first “enhanced water” product to break the $100 million sales barrier in 2002.
Propel contains water, sucrose syrup, natural flavors, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sucralose (known under the trade name Splenda), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E acetate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), calcium disodium EDTA, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), acesulfame potassium, and vitamin B12.
240 ml (~8.1oz) of Propel contains 10 Calories (42 kilojoules), 35 mg of sodium, 3 g of carbohydrates, and 2 g of sugar.
In January 2006, Gatorade introduced Propel Calcium to market. Like the original Propel Fitness Water, Propel Calcium is a low-calorie, vitamin-enhanced water beverage. Each 240 ml serving provides the equivalent of 9% of the Dietary Reference Intake. Propel Calcium is available in 4 flavors: Mandarin Orange, Mango, Strawberry, and Mixed Berry.
In summer of 2006, Gatorade introduced Propel powder packets, a dry powder mix of Propel. The contents of a powder packet are added to a 500 mL (16.9 oz) bottle of water. Available powder flavors include: Berry, Kiwi-Strawberry, Grape, Lemon, Lemonade, and Raspberry Lemonade.