Sports versus energy drinks
What are they?
Sports drinks are a carbohydrate and electrolyte fluid designed to hydrate athletes quickly to replace losses through sweating, regulate body temperature, provide energy and improve performance.1
What do they contain?
• Carbohydrates for energy and flavour. Research has found the ideal concentration of carbohydrate for maximum absorption from the small intestine is around 6g per 100mL.2
• Electrolytes to replace sodium and potassium which are lost through sweating. Sodium aids fluid absorption and retention.3 Potassium is necessary for muscle contraction during activity.
• Other nutrients – may include minerals such as calcium and magnesium and antioxidant vitamins C and E.
When one kilogram of weight