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  • The Sport Drink Craze

    Dear Mark,
    I searched your archives but could not find any research on this,

    Gatorade, G2, Poweraide, Gatorade Ion, all claiming incredible performance benefits if consumed beofre, during or after workouts. As far as i can see, they are just juice. What is the research behind them, is it a valid claim to say they are beneficial and what would be the best thing to drink before during, or after exercise. Personally i throw my hat in with water, what does the research say?

    Wallaby

  • #2
    Heh, well you said it. They are juice. And sometimes electrolytes. They replenish glycogen and supply the body with some materials that it needs for muscle contraction.

    I prefer the primal choices of fresh coconut water and the Masai signature, blood from a cow's jugular.
    Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

    Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Stabby View Post
      blood from a cow's jugular.

      So refreshing! Picked up a 6 pack last night, now with lemon!
      The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being proven right or pleasantly surprised.

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      • #4
        I prefer goat blood with marrow chunks, but to each their own.
        OP, I honestly think most are sugar water/ sugar goop with just enough faux nutrients to differentiate themselves from a coke.
        Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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        • #5
          Real coconut water straight from a young coconut is the ultimate sports drink

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          • #6
            Goat blood! Silly me. That's way more metal than cow's blood. But the pertinent question is: does it come in lemon?!
            Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

            Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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            • #7
              Comes in lime, but not lemon. Sorry stabby.
              Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
              My Latest Journal

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              • #8
                2 words COCONUT WATER.....ultimate replenishment, stuffs amazing and for some reason amazingly expensive too
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                • #9
                  Gatorade does make a powder pack of electrolytes to add to it's drinks, they wouldn't sell to the avg consumer as they make the drink "salty", I would normally throw 2 packs into one normal sized gatorade to maximize lytes

                  What I would like to know is what is a cheap electrolyte drink replacement for use during activity?
                  I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

                  Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. - Mark Rippetoe

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                  • #10
                    Here are the ingredients for Gatorade:

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