7 Low-Sugar, Healthy Sports Drinks to Fuel Your Workouts
For drinks intended to support an activity as healthy as exercise, many sports beverages are surprisingly the opposite of good for you. Loaded with sugar, artificial flavors and colors (and not a whole lot else), popular post-workout drinks have not exactly earned their health halo, despite their promise of replenishing electrolytes. Need evidence? A 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade contains 140 calories, 34 grams of sugar, and your choice of red 40, yellow 5, or yellow 6 — artificial colors known to increase cancer risk. Is this really the best way to refuel your body after a hard-earned sweat sesh?
Increasingly, consumers are getting wise to the less-than-wholesome contents of common sports beverages and demanding better — and the market is only too happy to provide. The last few years have seen a major spike in healthier sports drinks. Here’s a look at seven options that can fuel your workouts with more nutrients and less junk.