Ask The Dietitian : Do I Need A Sports Drink?

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( Sports drinks, do you need one? Read on to find out when and why you’d need one, and when you’re better off with plain water to meet your workout goals.

What are they?

Sports drinks generally refer to electrolyte replacement drinks like Gatorade and Powerade. They are mainly a mixture of water, sugar, sodium and potassium designed to replace the fluid and electrolytes lost through sweat. Most sports drinks also contain dyes/colouring, something many of us are trying to minimize.

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