Bai Antioxidant Infusions

March 6, 2010 · 18 comments

Disclaimer: Bai sent me a box of their product samples to review, however I am under no obligation to do so nor to make the review positive. This review reflects my personal opinion about these products.

A little over a year ago (already? wow!) I reviewed a drink called POM Wonderful that promised to be the next wonder-drink; backed by studies showing that patients who participated in published clinical studies experienced significant improvement in heart, prostrate & erectile health after drinking eight ounces of their pomegranate juice daily.

As I wrote at the time I’m no doctor nor scientist, so all I can really do is publish what they say about the science but my opinion about the taste of the drink is my own, and frankly if it doesn’t taste good I really don’t care what the science says. You’ll have to read that review to see what I thought of it but let’s just say that when I was contacted recently by Bai to sample some of their Bai Antioxidant Infusions I was actually a little hesitant to try them.

But I’m glad I did.

Bai Antioxidant Infusions

The Science
Antioxidants are nutrients found in foods and beverages that have health enhancing effects on your body. They neutralize free radicals that cause damage to your cells. Antioxidants work by donating an electron to free radicals to convert them to harmless molecules. A diet rich in antioxidants helps neutralize free radicals in your body, keeping your immune system strong while combating everything from wrinkles to heart disease and cancer.

Bai Antioxidant Infusions are “infused” with 400mg of the outer berry of the coffee bean, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. According to the USDA using a scoring method called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) the cofee fruit extract has 3,000 ORAC units per gram as compared to 24 for blueberries, 65 for pomegranates and 100 for acai berries.

I think that means science says that they are good for you. But how do they taste?

The Drink
My sample box contained 8 (or maybe 10 I lost count!) bottles with a mix of the following flavors: Tanzania Strawberry, Mango Kauai, Jamaica Blue Berry, Kenya Peach and Sumatra Dragonfruit (low calorie). They also have a low calorie Panama Peach but they were out of them. The first one I tried was Mango Kauai and let me tell you it was delicious! After that I was kind of anxious about trying the low calorie Sumatra Dragonfruit because I figured I may be let down with the low calorie option but in fact I actually liked it even better!

My 12 year old son concurred - he drank one of my Sumatra Dragonfruits and he also drank the only Tanzania Strawberry I had so I wasn’t able to try that one. But he gave them two thumbs up too. Which is funny because his original review after a couple of sips was “not great but not terrible” but for that picky eater let me tell you that is a ringing endorsement. The fact he drank that bottle and another tells me all I need to know.

Here is a sample of nutritional info for a regular calorie and a low calorie bottle:

BAI Nutritional Info

I’m working on another post on what I think about nutritional labels that word things with “about 2 servings” but I’ll leave that alone for now and just point out that a regular bottle is about 140 calories and a low calorie bottle is about 10 calories. I can’t afford to drink one of the regular drinks as that is too many of my daily calories to drink no matter how good they taste but since the low calorie Sumatra Dragonfruit drink is only about 10 calories and tastes as good or better, I may have just found my next non-water treat!

But don’t just take my word on it, if you have read down this far you deserve a little something yourself. I’ll be randomly selecting one of the first 10 commenters on this post (or until Monday, whichever comes first - US only, sorry) to receive your very own supply of Bai Antioxidant Infusions to try for yourself, courtesy of Bai!

Bottom line, I like these drinks and I hope I can find them at my local grocery store or coffee shop soon. Unfortunately right now they are only available in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Wisconsin, California and Seattle. They are shooting for national distribution in 2011.

Have you had Bai drinks before? Tell us what you thought about them. Know anything about those sugar alcohols in the low calorie drink? Educate us. Want to give them a try for free? Leave a comment and you might be able to!

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mac March 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

Hey John…I love the design of your site by the way…I’d love a sample-That’s loads of antioxidants!

Seth@1010in2010 March 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hey. Maybe my blogroll updater was not working right b/c I didn’t see anything here the last couple of days. Glad you’re back…that is if you left. Never heard of these drinks and I’m always hesitant about drinks that are “helpers”. They all may be perfectly healthy for you too - it’s a mind thing. I’ve just tried to make sure I’m getting everything from the food that I eat. Anyways, I am not objected to trying it though. I’d take a sample too.

Good review.

Ryan M March 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm


I am actually drinking a Panama Peach as I read this article. The taste is much better then most low cal drinks. As a person that drinks peach Snapple all the time this drink which I have just been turned on to is my new go to drink of choice.

Fat Daddy March 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Hey John. I also like the new look. And I am curious about the drink. Glad to see you so active in the blog world again. I haven’t been as attentive as I would like to be, but I am slowly digging out. But have still been reading.

Jeremy Logsdon March 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Definitely intrigued to try one out for free. Might just try to hunt one down around here anyway. :)

Greg March 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Looks pretty cool. I’ve tried the POM, and several if their newer products, too. Never heard of the Bai though. Love the research on the antioxidants, too. Would love to give these a try!

Pamela M. Kramer March 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

Sure! I wouldn’t mind trying it. I can’t wait to read your post about nutrition labels.

Dr. Kal March 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

I don’t know John? The antioxidants in it aren’t worth it to me.

The regular drink seems to have alot of sugar => 36 grams. That could lead to a weight loss halting insulin spike.

The low calorie drink has 16 grams of sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are good for some but they wreak havoc on my GI tract.

Darren March 7, 2010 at 11:52 am

The bad thing about these drinks is yeah… they go by two servings but who normally takes a glass out and only pours one serving? You are usually going to drink the whole bottle and that means extra sugar. These sugary drinks are one of the mean reasons people get and can’t get rid of belly fat.

John's Weight Loss Blog March 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

@mac - You are #1/10. Thanks for the comment - you can read more about my website redesign if you are interested.

@seth - #2/10. Yeah I’ve been sick for a week, so have some catching up to do in the posting department.

@ryan - #3/10. Now there is a coincidence! I haven’t had one for awhile but when I do drink Snapple I make it a diet peach.

@jeremy - #4/10. You’ve got a chance!

@fat daddy - #5/10. No worries, I’ve been reading you too but for some reason I always have a problem when I try to leave a comment.

@greg - #6/10. I can’t take credit for the research, I just lifted parts of it from their site. Do you like the POM products? They just way too tart for me.

@pamela - #7/10. I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that post because it will probably be awhile until I get around to finishing it. But it’s coming!

@dr. kal - #8/10. I agree on the sugar drinks. What do you know about sugar alcohol? Something I should be on the lookout for?

@darren - #9/10. Yep, that’s one thing I hate about nutrition labels - that they let companies put 2, 3 or even more servings on a label when it is packaged in a container that they know will be eaten in a sitting.

So who is going to be #10?

Dr. Kal March 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Still #8 here. I don’t have anything medically against sugar alcohols. They just cause loose stools and flatulence in some people. I am one of those people. (T.M.I, I know ;) )

John's Weight Loss Blog March 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Winner is #4 - Jeremy. Congrats! I’ll get you in touch with Bai.

seth@1010in2010 March 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

congrats Jeremy!

nustshells March 19, 2010 at 2:27 am

Smoothies taste really good although I’m never sure how good they are for you. At least they can stop you craving sweet things.

Diana April 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I love anything ~Dragonfruit~ ! I look forward to trying one, hope they come to California soon

Max chernyshov January 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Just tryed one of Bai drinks at NAC and was trying to buy it online but didn’t find a link on their website to buy, unless this was a limitation of the mobile version. I am on iPhone . Like the taste a lot -way better then Gstorades . I am a big coffee fun and if half of what I read abot Bai is true - I’ll be long term customer.

tracy k February 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This sounds great! Did I miss my opportunity to receive the samples? I would love to try it!

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