is it ok to drink powerade?
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Is powerade good or bad for u to drink

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Drink the Powerade Zero so you aren't drinking a bunch of sugar and empty calories.

Cindy Dahm 17k
5 years ago
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A couple points...

  1. The above is not a "study." It's a letter that was written by a former advisory board member for the Enlyten company (an electrolyte replacement product). It's marketing, not science.

  2. Having owned a sports nutrition consulting company, I can assure you that most athletes drink their sports drinks. If you see athletes that are spitting out sports drinks, tell them not to. This is counter-productive!! The only athletes that typically limit fluids purposely are those involved in contact sports (MMA, boxing, etc.).

  3. Sports drinks can affect blood sugar levels within 15 minutes. It would only take longer if the product isn't properly formulated for performance. There are lots of variables that affect gastric emptying, including calorie level, volume, osmolality, temperature, etc. Most sports drinks have been researched and formulated to be absorbed at least as quickly as water!!

  4. I agree that there are even faster ways to get nutrients into our systems, but they need to be practical. Most folks do not have access to (and shouldn't have access to) IV's, and strips and patches might work, but they are incomplete. They simply don't provide all the nutrients (macro or micro) that improve performance. Sports drinks and gels do provide the necessary nutrients in a convenient package.

Brian

Brian Zehetner 36k
5 years ago
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It isn't terrible. It's a good drink when you're working out as long as you don't drink too many bottles in a day. Also, if you're not very active the sugar content in each bottle could be damaging.

Joshua Riesenbeck 685
5 years ago
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Sports drinks are specifically designed to provide water, sugar, and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, etc.)!!

Let's not forget...sugar is vital for high-intensity performance, so it definitely has a place in sports drinks. If you're going to be working out for an hour or more, and your performance is important to you (or you feel low on energy), sports drinks are absolutely the way to go!!

Brian

Brian Zehetner 36k
5 years ago
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Agreed! Good answer Josh!

Heather Brouillet 3k
5 years ago
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Yeah...kinda forgot to mention the calories. I've actually only been drinking water for 7 months now. I did start drinking vitamin waters for a time but then I went online and realized the labels had betrayed me. Apparently they are not that good for you at all. Always check the calories and sugars in the drinks that you buy. And also, avoid ANYTHING with ASPARTAME in it.

Joshua Riesenbeck 685
5 years ago
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If you need the carbs and calories for say a 3+ hour bike ride, training session, I always drink Accelerade!!!


5 years ago
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I always like to know what I'm drinking, with pre-packaged drinks there is a lot of unnecessary ingredients as well as unnecessary packaging. Here is a general receipe for you :
20-Oz. Sports Bottle's Worth
• 3 tablespoons table sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon table salt
• Flavoring to taste - orange juice, lemon juice, unsweetened Kool-Aid or Wyler's drink mix, etc. Suggest trying 2-3 tablespoons of juice or 1/3 packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid.
• Fill halfway with water, mix well.
• Top off with water.
Keep refrigerated. Try to get all organic products if possible.

Sugar and salt help you absorb and retain the water to prevent dehydration, as well as replenish the salt to prevent hyponatremia (low blood sodium), both of which conditions can send you to the hospital on a long hot walk. The goal is up to 7% sugar concentration (glucose or sucrose are preferred) and salt of 1-2 grams per liter. Higher sugar content, above 8%, may actually slow water absorption.

But unless you're exercising, I'd suggest plain-ole-water.

Emmanuel Enriquez 337
5 years ago
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Brian I still have to respectfully disagree with you on a few points.

If you are basing your view on sugars, then I will say you are correct since the product I have been using has no sugars.

If you are saying that a sports drink is better for electrolytes, potassium, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, etc.... then I have to disagree.

Powerade has 14g of sugar per 8oz serving. A bottle of Powerade can be purchased in 20oz or 32oz bottles, so you are either taking in 35g of sugars on a 20oz bottle or 56g of sugars in a 32oz bottle. I can't be convinced taking in that much High Fructose Corn Syrup at one time is bneficial in any way shape or form. I didn't even mention the calories that are 50 per 8 oz serving (125/20oz or 200/32oz)

Compare that to a 20oz bottle of Coke which has 240 calories and 65g of sugars. I just do not see any benefit of sports drinks other than quinching thirst.

Besides I load up my electryles BEFORE I do my exercise with the strips (did i mention 0 sugars and calories?) and you just can't do that with a sports drink because of the heavy liquids and sloshing that you get if you guzzle one down. Proper electrolyte balance is key to proper muscle function.

I am off to watch my sons baseball game. They are playing in almost 100 degree heat and I am giving the entire team some of these strips. :-)

Lunsford -5
5 years ago
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What are your goals and activitys?

Your diet, including suppliments(sports drinks as well), should play into what you are trying to achive. I don't think sports drinks are inherintly bad, but water should always be your primary source of hydration.

brek81 237
5 years ago

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