Do you believe everything consumers try to sell you? Do you check to see if they have reliable evidence to back up such claims made? Are consumers twisting the truth? Sports drinks are becoming an important part of the athletic society and everyday sporting community, this beverage contains carbohydrates and minerals and is designed to help athletes rehydrate, as well as restore electrolytes, carbohydrates and other nutrients. Sport drinks have a negative effect on sports people because of the effect sport drinks have on the health of your body, the lack of reliable evidence to back up claims made by sport drink companies, the amount of money wasted and the concentration of the sport drinks available.
Sports drinks have a negative effect on your health. The sugars fructose and sucrose are the main ingredients in most sport drinks; fructose is a monosaccharide which means the fructose cannot be broken down into simpler sugars by hydrolysis. Fructose can affect the kidney functions by evaluations in the uric acid; simulating fat synthesis in the liver; increasing the amount of lipid in the bloodstream and increasing the triglyceride levels, these all leave devastating effects on your health. Also as the sport drinks have a high amount of sugar present this can coat the tooth surface and promote tooth decay (Reents,2008). According to Dr. Field and Dr. Tabers study sports drinks are labelled as having 50 calories per serving, but each bottle contains multiple servings, so the calories add up: 130 calories per 20-ounce bottle and 200 calories per 32-ounce bottle, teenagers gained an average of 3.5 pounds for every sports drink consumed per day (as cited in Zimmerman, 2012) .This shows that high consumption of sports drinks can lead to weight gain if not consumed in moderation and shows that water is a better form of hydration.
Water hydrates better than any other liquid including sport drinks, claims made by sports