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Old 10-03-2008, 02:41 PM #1
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Sports drinks-good or bad?

When I'm working out for a long period of time I'll often drink sports drinks like powerade or gatorade. I've never heard any solid final word on them, some people say they are no good while others completely disagree. Personally I don't notice much of a difference either way, the change in the weather or how much sleep I got the night before seems to have a much bigger impact on my performance. So ST:F, what do you know about sports drinks? Are they helpful or harmful?
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:46 PM #2
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Short answer is yes and no. Depends on the stance you take rearry. Ill let flarkey talk about it because I dont want to type a long response.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:56 PM #3
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If you're using it as a sports drink, sure. It more or less helps replenish some major nutrients you lose in sweat and helps keep your mind-muscle connection stonger (only during intense activity) because of it. If you're just sitting on your *** drinking it, it's pointless and you're just drinking more sugar (56g in a normal 32 oz bottle.). It's not going to be something that pumps you up and gives you some new found energy, it's only going to help lower some of the effects of dehydration like cramping or slowed muscle activation, just as they advertise it to do.
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:00 PM #4
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I'm personally not a fan of those artificial drinks...

I wouldn't recommend... Stick with water
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:14 PM #5
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Just curious, why don't you recommend them?
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:26 PM #6
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They are just something I don't like to consume/recommend period...let alone when exercising is involved...

As far as gatorade/powerade/ect go, they're enriched in processed sugars, and artificially colored & flavored...

That's the majority of the drink.... Useless/unhealthy
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Which processed sugars are there in gatorade?
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I'm just hoping to god he says HFCS... Because I would have agreed about a week ago until I found out exactly what HFCS is by researching 3 peer-reviewed academic journals...
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:59 PM #10
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I'm just hoping to god he says HFCS... Because I would have agreed about a week ago until I found out exactly what HFCS is by researching 3 peer-reviewed academic journals...
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If you are really that concerned about the sugar/calorie content you can always drink the new G2 by gatorade which cuts the sugar and calorie content in half. However, I only drink powerade because I refuse to make any financial contribution the University of Florida.
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Or powerade zero, it has no calories and no sugar. It does have sucralose in it though, if you're worried about artificial sweeteners.
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I'm just hoping to god he says HFCS... Because I would have agreed about a week ago until I found out exactly what HFCS is by researching 3 peer-reviewed academic journals...
I saw the same stuff about HFCS.
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Take everything with a grain of salt that you hear about HFCS, the positive movement as of late is funded by the corn industry go figure. Quite honestly scientists still do not know the full effects and I would recommend keeping HFCS intake low.
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Go to a REI-eque store. They often have hydration stuff by small companies that kick ***. I use hydralyte, which kicks ***. Found out about it from some mountain climbers.
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Most of them taste like **** because they aren't marketed for the mass public but they do get you the desired effects.
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I can attest to that. They taste very very bland but the results are awesome.
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I drink entirely too much propel. I drank two bottles just now.
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Which processed sugars are there in gatorade?
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Sugar in Gatorade is processed period, as almost all white sugar is.

It's the cheapest
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I'm just hoping to god he says HFCS... Because I would have agreed about a week ago until I found out exactly what HFCS is by researching 3 peer-reviewed academic journals...
HFCS is an ultra cheap sweetener...

consuming to much of anything isn't healthy, and your god knows that average Americans do, in fact, consume more of that then they probably should be...

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Take everything with a grain of salt that you hear about HFCS, the positive movement as of late is funded by the corn industry go figure. Quite honestly scientists still do not know the full effects and I would recommend keeping HFCS intake low.
I know. I saw this compain on TV trying to say that HFCS isn't bad for you. I thought of it as the tobacco industry telling me cigarettes were good for you, so I went and did about four hours of research and didn't find a single credible source that had even a scrap of evidence even suggesting that HFCS was any worse than any natural sugar. The ONLY illeffect was that people consuming excessive amounts became obese. Imagine that, eating a ton of sugar making you fat?

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Sugar in Gatorade is processed period, as almost all white sugar is.

HFCS is an ultra cheap sweetener...

consuming to much of anything isn't healthy, and your god knows that average Americans do, in fact, consume more of that then they probably should be...
And how exactly is it processed? Do you know how these are made? I'll tell you. HFCS is being invesitigated by the FDA right now for the possibility of being labeled as a "natural ingredient". All HFCS is is the by-product of a few enzymes acting upon corn starch. That's it. It's like getting milk from a cow, but the cows are all microscopic proteins. It's a syrup consisting of 55% fructose, 50% glucose. Sucrose, regular table sugar, is 50% fructose, 50% glucose. The ONLY difference between the two is 5% fructose.

White sugar goes through a ton more processed to get the crystals out of the raw product, but what about that is bad for you? Do you think they just leave toxic chemicals on the sugar? I've done water treatment for a fortune 500 industrial complex (Alcoa Cleveland), so I'm familiar with the processes they use. The end product is damn near drinkable, and that's after it's had heavy industrial metals and solvents in it. If they're using food quality products and the processes have been evaluated by governing agencies, I feel perfectly safe consuming it.
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