Today is the 8th (and final) installment of our blog series ‘Debunking Nutritional Myths’. Food is a multi-billion dollar business and, unfortunately, slick advertising campaigns tend to ‘skew’ the truth about how ‘good for you’ most products at the supermarket really are. Energy drinks have exploded in popularity in the last 10 years, and if you believe the advertising, you can’t function without them. However, as you will see, they really are not the ‘healthy’ drink you are lead to believe.
Myth #8 – Energy Drinks are Healthy
Once upon a time, if you did some exercise, you would drink water to replace the water that you may have ‘sweated’ out. However, using water restore your depleted fluid levels is fast being replaced by drinking an electrolyte replacement drink (such as Gatorade or Powerade). Worse still, if you are looking for a quick ‘pick me up’, you will see the drink of choice for some are energy drinks. The big problem with both types of drinks is that they are so high in sugar! Check out just how many teaspoons below (per litre):
- Gatorade Original Flavour – 14 teaspoons
- Powerade Berry Ice – 14 teaspoons
- Red Bull – 26 teaspoons*
- Mother Energy Drink – 25 teaspoons*
- Wicked – 31 teaspoons*
- V – 25 teaspoons*
* The drinks marked with an asterix also contains caffeine
Even drinks that are look like and are labelled as water, has sugar added (per litre):
- Pump Water Berry Storm – 6 teaspoons
- Vitamin Water Energy – 10 teaspoons
- Vitamin Power Dragonfruit Water – 12 teaspoons
So what should you drink after you exercise? Unless you are training for an ultra-marathon, there is really no need to drink anything but water…and lots of it. Water is the quickest way to re-hydrate. If you feel you need an energy pick-me up, try a piece of fruit! Fruit is natural, not artificially coloured, contains natural sugar and will give you important vitamins and minerals too (not to mention much cheaper than an over-priced & caffeinated energy drink).
At The Natural Way we are dedicated to helping our clients make the healthiest and most ‘natural’ food choices. So our weight loss program is not about you drinking powdered shakes or meal-replacement bars…you get to eat REAL food that you prepare yourself. The beauty of that is not only will your whole family benefit from the healthier meals BUT you will know exactly how to eat once you reach your goal weight. Our FREE maintenance program means that you will never regain your lost weight – fantastic.
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