Sports Drinks Recommended For An Athlete – Good Drinks vs Bad Drinks

Drinks

During vigorous physical activity, a lot of water from the body is lost in the form of sweat.

Therefore, for good athletic performance, intake of a plenty of drinks is a must. This will help to replenish the body fluids which are in turn, important to maintain an optimal salt balance inside the body.
Homeostasis should be maintained for proper metabolic functioning of the body.

Several sports drinks are well known to athletes. But, the fact is that an athlete should avoid all liquids, except water, green tea, and milk.

You must be wondering why it is so. The answer is simple. No other liquid other than these three has a good profile of macronutrients.

Do not take any sports drink that has extra calories in it electrolytes. Though milk is an exception with its high amounts of protein and moderate levels of sugar, it is considered as a ‘good drink’ as it contains a lot of nutrients.

Proteins shakes can, however, be considered. Sports drinks such as Gatorade, PowerAde and Propel are also bad drinks as they have too much sugar in them! For instance, PowerAde lists HFCS as its main sugar source.

Moreover, these drinks do not have enough favorable ingredients also. More sugar can cause an ‘insulin spike’ followed by an unnecessary crash! This will, no doubt, hinder the athletic performance.

Thus, whenever you go shopping for sports drinks, avoid drinks that have anyone of the following ingredients.

o Trans-fats are the most dangerous ingredients.

o High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

HFCS is found in many junk foods such as soda, certain sugary candies, and even ketchup. It is a type of sugar and predisposes into storing itself as fat, instead of being used for energy.

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