Rethink Your Sports Drink

youthsportsYou know soda is full of sugar, but did you know that sports drinks are just as bad, if not worse? Though they contain as many as 13 spoonfuls of sugar per bottle, sports drinks are still considered a suitable alternative to water. Parents often pack entire coolers of Gatorade or Powerade to quench the team’s thirst after a big game.

According to The Daily Examiner, people of every age feel safe sipping constantly on sports drinks during exercise, and this prolonged exposure increases the likelihood for tooth decay. In fact, since sports drinks are associated with positive activities like working out and playing sports, they are often favored over water for regular consumption, too.

“Sports drinks are designed for elite athletes and not the average weekend warrior,” says Chair of the Australian Dental Association, Dr. Alldritt. “We are alarmed that people consume these drinks even when they’re not exercising—when they are working at their desk or watching TV. Water should be the choice for hydration.”

The article cites that like other sugary beverages, sports drinks also increase the risk for weight gain, diabetes, some cancers, heart and kidney disease, and stroke.

Advertised by star athletes and readily available to kids, sports drinks have yet to be debunked as an unhealthy choice for young people. Australian governments are beginning to take a comprehensive approach to the problem in the land down under. Dr. Craig Sinclair, Chair of the Public Health Committee at Cancer Council Australia, tells The Daily Examiner:

“The majority of us don’t need sports drinks in our diets. A well-balanced diet with plenty of water is all the average person needs before, during and after physical activity. Your body will be much healthier if you choose water instead.”

Find out more from the following APD posts:

The Taxing Effects of Sugar in Soda
First Soda Warning Label Passes in San Francisco
Global Study Shows Danger of Sugary Beverages

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