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Sports Drinks...Marketing Ploy or Helpful for Exercisers?

By April 2, 2008 - 10:32am
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What do you think about sports drinks? There are more brands out there, targeting (or focusing on) women. Some have lots of sodium, calories and sugar. Others are low-calorie, and all claim to provide electrolytes lost after exercise.

How many of us low-to-moderate exercisers need our electrolytes replenished? Are sports drinks a marketing ploy for us to pay lots of money for something we don't need, or are they really beneficial in helping us drink more fluids after exercising?

What do you think?

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how many empty plastic containers do we need filling up landfills? The vast majority of people do not need sports drinks, but instead prefer to drink them because they taste better than water. Many people prefer bottled water because of either perceived inadequacies of municipal water supplies (even though many brands of bottled water come from those same municipal water supplies) or conveneince.

We might be doing ourselves and our environment a favor by purchasing an aluminum bottle to carry our own drinks in and refill. Sports drinks, flavored waters and bottled waters are mostly just an excuse for companies to get another dollar out of a consumer at checkout. Save your money and save the planet at the same time!

April 30, 2008 - 8:52pm

Here's what I had to say the last time we talked about this.

Sports drinke are not for everyone:

April 2, 2008 - 5:31pm
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