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TheDailyMeal: 8 ‘Healthy Drinks’ That Are Actually Terrible for You

Sports Drinks

We’ve been over this before: when in doubt after your workout, reach for the H20. The truth is, while sports drinks are beneficial for reloading the body with electrolytes and potassium, most people don’t need them. The reason? Your workouts should be at least 60 minutes — and that’s going at high intensity — for the body to actually need to replenish all those lost electrolytes and potassium. If you’re not going hard at the marathon training, chances are you’re just filling up on unnecessary sugars, carbs, and calories.

And that’s not all that sports drinks are loaded with: The Daily Meal’s look into several popular brands of sports drinks found that some (like Propel Zero) are merely a laundry list of artificial ingredients, like added flavoring, sugars, and even caffeine.

What’s even trickier is that the research behind sports drinks’ claims is somewhat convoluted — while many say that they do work to help the body recover after a workout, some say those studies are puffed up by the companies making the drinks. As the British Medical Journal found this past summer, some of those studies done by companies (take the Gatorade Science Institute) couldn’t even back up their claims with hard evidence. After all, if your body is truly thirsty, its thirst-regulating mechanisms will take over and let you know when you need water.

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