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10 Myths About Your Favorite Sports Drinks

10 Myths About Your Favorite Sports Drinks


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You might be surprised to learn that many sports drinks aren’t healthy at all

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Drinking sport drinks can have negative effects on your health.

When you’re at the game or watching sports on TV, what is one of the products you see advertised most? Sports drinks. At major football and soccer games, the water bottles players drink from have sports drink logos slapped on the front. On television, you see sport drinks at almost every commercial break.

Click Here for 10 Myths About Your Favorite Sports Drinks (Slideshow)

Each sports drink ad makes a lot of claims about how the product provides the nutrients needed to help you excel as an athlete. Unfortunately, a lot of these claims are simply not true.

Reaching for the nearest sports drink after your intense workout may seem like a great idea, but the fact of the matter is, you’re not necessarily helping your body. In fact, some might argue that you’re hurting your body more than you’re helping it. The marketing behind sports drinks is full of myths — and we’re here to bust them!

Take a look at our slideshow for some common myths about sports drinks.

They’re Better Than Water

Here’s the deal: No matter what, water is the safest and most hydrating liquid that you can consume. Your body is made of mostly water, so how can there be anything out there that’s better? It contains no added calories or chemicals. The best thing about water is that it’s cheap — or free if you carry your own water bottle. There’s simply no competition.

They Don’t Contain Harmful Additives

Studies have shown that some sports drinks have just as many additives as soda. In fact, the acid in sports drinks can wear down your teeth, destroying the enamel, even more than soda can, and the damage is irreversible.


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