gaterade, propel, and other sports drinks

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  1. rosenstar

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    How unhealthy is it to drink sports drinks when your not working out? If I drink propel or gaterade during lunch and dinner, in addition to during tennis and working out, is this unhealthy?

    I've been told that drinking sports drinks outside of physical activity just creates extra carolies to burn off. If thats the case, I don't care much because I'm a pretty active person who probably does at least 15hrs of physical activity a week; but I've also heard things like drinking too much gaterade can cause kidney stones. That's not good. Can anyone clear this up for me?
     
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    Stick to water if you're not working out.
     
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    Isn't Propel a low-calorie sports drink? If so, I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's obviously not as healthy as drinking water, but it won't kill you.
     
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    I don't think drinking gatorade or propel is that good of an idea outside of activity. I also don't think they're ever a good idea, actually.

    The debate over artificial sweeteners aside, there's too much sugar or not enough stuff for SPORTS to warrant the purchase imo. If they're the only things available, I'd drink them 1:1 with water. Gatorade's pretty brutal on the teeth too. I don't even get the point of propel....

    If you want something to drink other than water (what's wrong with water anyways?) check out gookinaid or healthier juices.
     
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    Just about everyone should avoid beverages with high fructose corn syrup, and those drinks contain it. Its the same sweetener used for soda, and yes it is pretty brutal on your teeth.

    I save gatorade for matches and I also dilute it 1 to 1 with water. I've never seen a reason to buy propel, that seems like a pure gimmick.
     
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  6. rosenstar

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    ok thanks for the info. I actually like the taste of these drinks so I use them a lot. I might change this though...
     
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    Watch out for how much sugar you consume. Not nly bad for teeth, but hard to regulate your energy levels and mood/attention as well.
     
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  8. rosenstar

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    honestly, the sugar levels don't bother me. I'm young and very active, so that's not an issue to me at all. When I heard that drinking too much could cause kidney stones, well that worried me somewhat.
     
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    stick to drinking water too much of gatorade or other artificially drinks can have long term damage....
     
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  10. rosenstar

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    like what? I'm just curious. How do the extra calories affect your body badly?
     
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  11. Supernatural_Serve

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    Excessive sugar spikes your blood sugar, impares your metabolism, increases fat storage, leads to diabetes which leads to blindness and amputation of limbs.

    Excessive fat leads to weight gain, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and cancer

    Excessive protein leads to kidney and liver problems.


    Drink water and eat an apple, banana, or orange when you are working out. Its cheaper and healthier.

    Skip the expensive sugar water with salts.
     
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  12. gb93433

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    Years ago when I was a competitive cyclist the best thing on the market by far was ERG (Electrolyte Replacement with Glucose). Much better than Gatorade ever thought of being. The amount of liquid that you drink is much less.
     
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  13. ringer

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    I drink G2 or a mix of half Gatorade Fierce and water. There is a lot of sugar in Gatorade as any dentist will tell you. Personally I don't want the extra calories, but if you are burning them off its probably not a big deal. It's better than Coke to drink.
     
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