Sports Drinks

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We’re more active this time of year and hydration is key when working out. So do we drink sports drinks or energy drinks?

    • Lets start with sports drinks.  They  have fewer calories, no caffeine and contain sodium to replenish your sweat, acting as an important electrolyte.

 

  • The word energy in energy drinks means calories and they come mostly from sugar. For example, Rockstar has over 200 calories in a can and contains over 12 tsp of sugar

 

 

  • They also contain caffeine.  5 Hour Energy is equal to two cups of coffee.

 

 

  • Energy beverages contain amino acids such as taurine and glutamine or  herbs such as ginseng, but  none of these have proven to have health benefits when in a can.

 

 

  • The winner is sports drinks. Look for those with 30 – 60 gm of carbohydrates and 100 mg of potassium.

 

 

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