Thursday, September 9, 2010

What should you look for in a sports beverage?

There are an enormous number of sports drinks on the market and it is so difficult to tell which are the best ones. As a general rule, those drinks are high in sugar, without an especially high mineral content.

A good goal is to look for 6-10% carbohydrates as a percentage of the total drink. The preferred carb form for easiest absorption is in the form of glucose, maltodextrin or sucrose. Look for those on the label. As well, you are looking for about 100mg of sodium (salt) to about 50 mg of Potassium.
AVOID high fructose corn syrup and glycerol.

Hey - why not consider making your own!
4 1/2 cups of H2O – 5 tbsp of honey - 1/4 tsp of sea salt will do the trick!

In good health,

Dr. Stacey Welton, ND

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