Sports drinks. They are everywhere. Every sporting event you go to will have some sports drink that is sponsoring the event. Why? Well by drinking this sports drink you can be like these professional athletes! You’ll have tons of energy! You’ll be able to run faster, longer, harder! You’ll quicker and can push through whatever you need to win or accomplish your goal!
It’s funny. Why, I wonder, do candy bar companies not make these same claims? Have you ever sat down and looked at the labels of the sports drinks you or your children consuming? HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN A SPORTS DRINK? You really need to make sure you read the label to know.
The next question we have to ask ourselves though is what types of sugar is being used. Complex carbohydrates (the type of sugar found in fruit or vegetables) can actually be very good for you and a good source for recovering from an athletic event. However, the sugar that is used in the Powerade is from high fructose corn syrup. The exact same type of sugar found in a Coke or Pepsi.
Alright, so what is a better choice? Well one good choice is the old trusty H2O. Water is very good for restoring hydration, but it does lack beneficial electrolytes (essential for muscle contraction) and complex carbohydrates (energy). So one option would be to eat a clementine or two with the water. This will help with both.
The other option is a newer drink called Aspire. Aspire does contain carbohydrates, but not from high fructose corn syrup. A 32oz Aspire would contain only 24g of sugar, contains the proper electrolytes and has no added food coloring. A much healthier option.
So get out there and be active. But make sure you’re readying the labels of the drinks and foods you’re consuming. Your body will thank you.
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