Sports Drinks: The Pros And Cons!

Posted on November 23rd, 2013 at 6:12 pm by

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Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade have become household names and are especially popular among teens and young adults who play sports.  These sports drinks are popular for a reason.  When most people think of sports drinks, they think of a drink that is full of vitamins and nutrients that replenish the body after a long, hard workout.  While this may be true, there are a few downsides to consuming these types of drinks.  Overusing these types of drinks can do more harm than good.  To give you more insight into what exactly I’m talking about, here are some pros and cons of drinking sports drinks.
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Benefits Of Sports Drinks

  • Replace Fluids – The most common reason for athletes and active adults to drink sports drinks is to replenish their body after a gruelling workout.  Your body loses nutrients and vitamins through sweat that needs to be replaced for the body to function properly.  Sports drinks like Gatorade help replenish these vitamins and nutrients.
  • Not As Bland As Water – Sports drinks are a change of pace from water which can get boring after a while.  Of course, water is good to drink after you’ve been working out, but people can get tired of the bland taste of water.  For those who get tired of drinking water, sports drinks are great to drink after working out.
  • Sugar Free – While most sports energy drinks are packed with sugar, some companies have started making sugar-free sports drinks.  Sugar-free sports drinks are a healthy alternative if you get tired of drinking water.
  • Packed With Carbohydrates – Sports drinks are a perfect way to get a generous amount of carbohydrates fast.  For most athletes, it’s extremely important that they replenish their carbohydrate stores to perform at their best during a game.
  • High Levels Of Protein – Some sports drinks have a high level of protein. According to a study, athletes who drank sports drinks with both carbohydrates and protein performed better than those who drank sports drinks containing only carbohydrates.
  • Easy To Digest – When looking to get carbohydrates fast, sports drinks are easier to digest than food.  Sports drinks will help the body feel full and energized to perform.
  • Convenient – Sports drinks are easy to carry around with you and you can purchase them at pretty much anywhere.

Disadvantages Of Sports Drinks

  • Sports Drinks Can Damage Teeth – The acid in sports drinks can destroy tooth enamel.  Sports drinks are full of sugars and sodium that stick to teeth and eat away at tooth enamel.  These types of drinks are usually 30 times more damaging to teeth than water.
  • Sports Drinks Replace Water – So many people replace water with sports drinks during exercise.  The truth is, most people who drink sports drinks would be much better off drinking water.  The use of sports drinks is only advised after at least 45 minutes of strenuous working out.
  • Full Of Sugar – While sports drinks are full of vitamins and minerals, they are also full of sugar.  Most sports drinks contain as much sugar as sodas do. Too much sugar consumption over a long period of time can contribute to all sorts of health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight gain.
  • Contain Caffeine – Some sports drinks contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.  These levels of caffeine can be harmful to your nervous system over time and can also cause sleeplessness.

Used in moderation, sports drinks aren’t harmful for those who live very active lifestyles.  For those who consume sports drinks regularly but are not very active, these types of drinks could be doing more harm than good to their body.

About the Author

Trisha Banks is a blogger for Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry in Lakeway, Texas.  Trisha lives a very active lifestyle.

Image by By Jeff Taylor (Flickr: SAM_0118) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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