Sports Drinks And Energy Drinks

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Kristie Cox Chemistry Lab Introduction: In advertisement sports drinks and energy drinks claim they can do it all like weight loss, improve endurance, and develop better concentration. The question posed is do either sports drinks or energy drinks really do what they claim to do, and if so which one works best? First off, sports drinks and energy drinks may overlap however, they are not the same thing. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and PowerAde have been popular with athletes for decades. Historically sports drinks were specifically created to be consumed during exercise to enhance performance. The first, and probably most famous, of these sports drinks is Gatorade, a beverage developing in 1965 by researchers at the University of…show more content…
The Dietary Supplement Protection Act claims an exemplary public health safety record (4). However, in 2011 the number of emergency department visits related to consumption of energy drinks exceeded 20,000 (4). Nearly half of these visits involved adverse effects occurring from product misuse (4). According to a study on Gatorade at the University of Minnesota they stated If you’re not breaking a sweat, then let go of that Gatorade. Drinking sports drinks as a regular beverage at least once a week is associated with other not-so-healthy behaviors, like higher intake of added sugar from sodas and fruit juice, and smoking (5). One 32 oz bottle of basic Gatorade contains 53 grams of sugar (nearly 11 teaspoons). According the American Heart Association we should only eat 9 added teaspoons a day (5).The American Academy of Pediatrics warns excessive amounts of caffeine can affect the appropriate balance of carbohydrate, fat and protein intakes that children need for optimal growth, development, body composition and health (6).Too much caffeine also can increase heart rate, blood pressure, speech rate and motor activity, and play a role in triggering irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm, among other concern (6). [1]Simon, Harvey B. "Energy Drinks - Use Caution." Harvard Medical School Commentaries on Health, edited by Harvard Health Publications, 1st edition, 2014. Credo Reference,
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