Joe: I go for long runs and train for races and I really love having a sports drink after. It is just so much more appealing during summer when it is hot. But I’ve heard these really aren’t that great for you. What do you think?
Megan: Growing up I always stopped with my dad at the mini-mart after practice and grabbed a sports drink. After a run, you do lose water through sweat. So yes, you do need to replenish but the sports drinks have added carbohydrates, sugar, and sodium. There are many artificial sweeteners as well. In reality, you have just burned calories and used carbohydrates to get the run done, but now you are putting them right back in. This could affect your weight if you are concerned, and if you really want to have the drink for performance purposes, have it before the run. That way you at least burn it off. One bottle can have up to 35 grams of sugar and for men the recommended daily intake is to stay under 36 grams of sugar and for woman it is 25 grams. I’m not an advocate for sports drinks and I know water can get boring. One tip is to add water to the sports drink to water it down and drink less over time.