Gatorade & Powerade
While sports drinks and similarly vitamin “boosted” beverages claim to be healthy food, any health benefits are largely offset by the large quantity of sugar in these drinks. Just how much sugar? 14 grams is about the average amount. This isn’t the simple table sugar your familiar with, but a potent mix of heavily refined sucrose syrups, think liquefied empty calories, and glucose-fructose. According to modern statistics, Americans already eat 2.5 pounds of sugar weekly. Diseases, including conditions of the heart, joints, bone, brain, blood, liver, and connective tissue, have all been implicated in the use of various sweeteners. What about all those important electrolytes? Yes, Gatorade does have them, but in unreliable amounts. Gatorade, which actually contains more than twice as much sodium than potassium, is an unlikely candidate for any beneficial electrolyte restoration. When the body experiences short periods of exhaustion and fatigue, the last thing it needs is more sodium.