How safe are sports drinks?

Jonathan A. Fialkow, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
While there are concerns that caffeine-based energy drinks can be dangerous, sports drinks do serve a purpose for hardcore athletes. Sports drinks contain minerals and fluids that should be replenished after periods of intense sweating. However, they also contain a lot of sugar to improve the taste. That sugar can contribute to weight gain -- in the same way as soft drinks -- and adds no benefit to the intensity of a workout. For most people who exercise for short bouts with moderate intensity, water is the best drink to prevent dehydration.

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