Jun 17, 2011 • 2 min read
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a report titled Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks for Children and Adolescents: Are They Appropriate? So in our last newsletter, we polled our customers with this question: How many teaspoons of sugar do you think are in a 20 oz. Gatorade?
The answer is a whopping 9 teaspoons. With 15 calories in a single teaspoon of sugar, consuming a 20 ounce Gatorade means you are drinking 135 calories of sugar. Many people use artificial sweeteners in their coffee and tea to avoid using one teaspoon of sugar, but when we refuel after a light workout with a sports drink we are drinking or serving our kids nine times that amount! Here are the results from our survey:
How many teaspoons of sugar do you think are in a 20 oz. Gatorade?
These results bring up some interesting findings:
In the right setting during periods of vigorous and prolonged activity, sports drinks serve an essential purpose. For example, when playing in a soccer tournament on a hot summer day, it can be very hard to stay hydrated and replenish electrolytes and carbohydrates fast enough so sports drinks are an optimal solution. But for any moderate amount of physical activity, water is actually the best thing to drink to stay hydrated.
Tell us what you think, were you surprised by the amount of sugar in sports drinks? How many sports drinks does your family consume each week?