The sport drink industry is huge. But is it really worth to spend up to 3 pounds on a sports drink? NO!
These are the different kinds of sports drinks:
- Isotonic – They are designed to quickly replace the fluids which are lost by sweating. They also provide a boost of carbohydrates.
- Hypertonic – They are used to supplement your daily carbohydrate intake. They contain even higher levels of carbs than isotonic and hypotonic drinks.
- Hypotonic – They are designed to quickly replaces fluids lost through sweating. Unlike isotonic and hypertonic drinks they are low in carbohydrates.
Why are sport drinks so popular?
- A lot of people buy them from shops because they are very colourful, full of artificial colour. And because of all the persuasive words used on the labels, such as electrolytes, fuel, power and vitamins.
What is really in them?
- Water – This is the primary ingredient in all sports drinks
- Sugars – Sucrose, dextrose, fructose and glucose are simple sugars found in sports drinks
- Electrolytes – Essentially, sodium, potassium and chloride are minerals in the body needed for proper muscle function.
- Artificial Colours and Flavours – Artificial colours and flavours are approved chemicals that make sports drinks easily recognizable to the eyes
How to make sport drinks at home for a lot cheaper?
Sport Drink One:
- 200ml ordinary fruit squash
- 800ml water
- A pinch of salt
Sport Drink Two:
- 50-70g sugar
- One litre of warm water
- Pinch of salt
- 200ml of sugar-free squash
Sport Drink Three:
- 400ml of squash
- One litre of water
- Pinch of salt
The bottom line is that it’s not worth to spend up to £3 on a single bottle of a sport drink, when you can make one at home for 20p.