Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water?

Sports drinks and energy drinks have become a popular substitute for water. They are sold in almost every grocery store, department store and pharmacy. Sports drinks are advertised in most sports magazines and all sports television.

But what about the controversy of sports drinks vs water? Which is better?

Gatorade is one of the most universally known sports drinks and is available in different colors and flavors that will satisfy most taste buds. There are other sports drinks that are on the market that have differing amounts of electrolytes and additives. All reportedly improve athletic performance.

In 1965 a group of specialists from the University of Florida began pioneering sports drinks to encourage their athletes to fight tired muscles without performance-enhancing drugs. What they found is that athletes who used the sports drinks became dependent upon them. Research found that after having used energy drinks 90 percent of athletes then preferred them to water after a tiring activity.