Posted: 03 Jul 2013 01:17 AM PDT
Many of us know that not everything labeled as ‘healthy’ lives up to its advertised hype. Sports drinks, for example, along with a host of other summertime beverages, promise to keep us hydrated and healthy, but in reality fall short.
Here is a look at 5 so-called ‘healthy’ summer drinks that leave much to be desired nutrition-wise.
Gatorade is marketed specifically to athletes, with the promise of ‘replenishing electrolytes.’ Replenishing electrolytes means to balance sodium and potassium in the body, along with other elements. Our bodies require twice as much potassium as sodium. If sodium levels are too high, they actually deplete the body’s stored potassium, causing muscle cramps.
A bottle of gatorade contains 2 percent potassium to 12 percent sodium. Essentially, this ratio does nothing to ‘replenish electrolytes;’ instead, it is a recipe for muscle cramps and other possible issues.
What Gatorade does provide is glucose-fructose syrup, which is very similar to high fructose corn syrup, but perhaps in a slightly varied glucose-to-fructose ratio. Either way, unbalanced glucose-fructose ratios are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream, potentially leading to liver problems, heart disease, weight gain and dementia.