When I do my 3 straight week stints of 14 hour working days, I like to start every morning with a Berocca. I can’t comment on whether or not it actually has health benefits – but at the very least there’s a placebo effect that wakes me up slightly! I love trying ALDI-branded alternatives to popular products, so I’ve been using their Essential Health equivalent.
Berocca: $9.39 for 15 (Chemist Warehouse)
Essential Health: $5.95 for 15 (ALDI)
WINNER: ESSENTIAL HEALTH. Can’t argue against almost half price.
Berocca (top) vs Essential Health (bottom)
WINNER: ESSENTIAL HEALTH. Exactly the same ingredients in both, but Essential Health has almost half the sodium – 163mg vs 287mg.
Berocca: 2 minutes, 15 seconds
Essential Health: 5 minutes 45 seconds
WINNER: BEROCCA. Dissolves in under half the time.
Berocca: Leaves more undissolved powder at the end. Very smooth texture, but more graininess at the very bottom.
Essential Health: Slightly grainy throughout.
WINNER: ESSENTIAL HEALTH. I’d rather not be drinking the leftover powder by the end of it.
Berocca: Tastes like Berocca.
Essential Health: Slightly tarter than Berocca, with a sweeter aftertaste.
WINNER: TIE. They both taste artificial and sweet, but not bad.
Berocca (left) vs Essential Health (right)
WINNER: BEROCCA. That green gunk on the Essential Health is gross.
And the winner is… Essential Health from ALDI! Those downsides are worth it for the price difference.
Here’s a table of the results for quick comparison:
|Berocca||Essential Health (ALDI)|
|Price||$9.39 for 15||$5.95 for 15|
|Ingredients||Same, but with 287mg sodium||Same, but with 163mg sodium|
|Dissolve Time||2 minutes 15 seconds||5 minutes 45 seconds|
|Graininess||Smooth texture, graininess from undissolved powder at the bottom||Slightly grainy throughout|
|Taste||Like Berocca||Slightly tarter, with a sweeter aftertaste|
|Colour||Red||Red with green gunk|