Sports drinks don’t offer a competitive edge
Researchers say this may not be the case. A study of Canadian cyclists found no difference in performance between those riding with an IV drip of saline – a key ingredient in sports drinks – and those who had an IV without the fluid.
Lead author Stephen Cheung said the study not only proved that sports drinks don’t improve performance, but challenged the belief that dehydration impacts performance.
“Your body is more stressed with dehydration. So no questions there,” Cheung said in an interview. “But the performance was not different. And also none of these competitive elite athletes were at any [health] danger.”
“I recommend water as the best source of hydration for all sporting events,” he says. “This can be supplemented with fresh fruits such as bananas or orange slices. A daily multi-vitamin and possibly some extra Vitamin D and calcium is all you need.”
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