THE TRUTH ABOUT SPORTS DRINKS

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPORTS DRINKS

Did you know the first sports drink was invented in the 1960s by a Florida football coach who wanted to help rehydrate and energize his players during long, hot practices? That team’s name was the Florida Gators, so he called the drink Gatorade. The original drink mixed sodium (salt), potassium, and phosphate with a little bit of sugar, some lemon juice, and water. When the team won a championship that year, Gatorade got a lot of the credit. Today, sports drink recipes are similar to the original Gatorade, except that they often have a bunch more sugar and coloring added as well. Guess what? Unless you are an elite athlete, you don’t need a special drink to rehydrate. You just need water.

In fact, most sports and vitamin drinks today do more harm than good. They add tons of processed sugar to your diet—the average 20-ounce bottle contains 7-9 teaspoons! That’s an entire day’s worth of sugar in one bottle! So do yourself a favor and act like a real athlete who respects his body. This means that most of the time, you should stick with water to hydrate.