Mythbuster – Sports drinks are not healthy for you


Have you seen advertisement of sport drinks like Gatorade having eminent sport personalities? The sport drinks are advertised as healthy option, but the latest findings reveal that sports drinks have high sugar and low nutritional value similar to the soft drinks.  The findings do not advocate the high consumption of sports drinks bursting the myth that sports drinks are healthy for you.  

About the study
Active Teens Choose Sports Drinks
The study was lead by Nalini Ranjit, Ph.D., an assistant professor, in collaboration with the Michael and Susan Dell Center at the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston.

  • Survey from more than 15,000 eighth- and 11th-graders attending Texas middle schools and high schools was analyzed.
  • teens were asked about their eating and exercise habits and their beverage consumption.

The study was published online today in the journal Pediatrics.


Results of Study
The study results show that:

  • A total of 22% of the boys and 17% of the girls were obese.
  • Around 4 of 5 teens consumed at least one sugar-sweetened beverage the previous day
  • just over 1 of four (28%) acknowledged that they drank three or more sugar-sweetened beverages daily.

Teens drinking sports drinking vs. soda

  • The study also revealed that the teens who drank sugar-sweetened beverages consumed more unhealthy food like fried meat, chips as compared to healthy food such as fruits and vegetables.
  • These teens were also reported to exercise less and were in grip of sedentary activities like watching TV or playing video games as compared to teen who did not drink sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Whereas the study reported teens drinking sports drinks but no soda were more liable to involve in sports activities or do regular exercise and also had healthier eating habits, such as fruit, vegetables, milk etc.

style="text-align: justify;">Are sports drinks healthy for me?
If you look at the data, teen think that sports drink are healthy option for them, especially taking into consideration that teen drinking, primarily, sports drink have healthier lifestyle.  Dr. Ranjit said that “Sports drinks contain less sugar than soda, but the amount is still significant.” 

  • It was estimated that the sugar-sweetened beverages can amount to 10% and 15% of daily calories intake for teens.
  • The gripping advertisement for sports drinks grip viewers by the fact that sports drinks have higher electrolyte and rehydrate body after physical exercise
  • Ranjit said water is as good as anything for hydration of your body

University of Minnesota School of Public Health professor of nutrition Mary Story, PhD, RD, agrees, adding that most sports drinks contain little more than water, high-fructose corn syrup, and salt with some potassium and magnesium.

“All the casual athlete needs is water,” she says. “If a kid is exercising strenuously in really hot weather for more than 90 minutes, a sports drink may be needed. But how many American kids do this?”

The study suggests that be careful in choosing your drink.  CNN acknowledged that States including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California have banned soda from school vending machines and cafeterias in recent years, and public officials are now turning their attention to sports drinks and other sugary beverages. The California legislature, for one, is considering a ban on all sugary sports drinks in schools.

Source: WebMd


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3 Responses

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