4 things to consider when reaching for sports drinks

Sports drinks are typically the first thing people reach for when working out at the gym. But these drinks may be doing more harm than good.

Here are 4 things to consider when filling up that drink container.

1. SUGAR OVERLOAD

Because several sports drinks contain high quantities of added sugar or sweetener, people are consuming more sugar, caffeine, and empty calories. Consumers should read the nutritional values on the bottle.

2. EROSION

Sports drinks can also harm enamel due to the acidic ingredients (and sugar), which lead to sensitivity and erosion of the teeth. Sports beverages that are high in acids can cause tooth erosion and other negative oral health effects.

3. SIZE MATTERS

Consumers should consider the size of the drink when making a selection, as some are sold in larger sized containers. Ingesting the entire bottle could lead to higher caloric intake, including carbohydrates and sugars. Not only does this mean having to work out longer, or harder to offset the extra calories, but also increases the risk of weight gain, obesity, and dental erosion.

4. FREQUENCY

Drinking a sports drink every now and then, or drinking it in one sitting instead of sipping it throughout the day, are methods to avoid the beverage’s negative effects on oral health. Using a straw and water to flush out the oral cavity are also recommended.

Reference:  Dimentions of Dental Hygiene Journal

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