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Both Gatorade and Powerade claim to help fill your bodies needs of electrolytes, vitamins, and other nutrients. I'm looking to find out if there's documented proof that these drinks really make a difference in your workout or replenishment of nutrients.

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Tim Ferriss reports that some experiments have showed that simply rinsing your mouth with a sweet tasting - but calory empty - solution will result in some performance improvement. Interesting, huh? –  JDelage Mar 11 '11 at 19:25
    
@JDelage do you have a reference, or link or study to back that up? –  KronoS Mar 11 '11 at 20:06
    
    
@JDelage I'm agree with Tim Ferries, because I have seen a episode on Discovery channel, who said the same and also carried out a experiment on two group of people, and group "that simply rinsing your mouth with a sweet tasting - but calory empty - solution" performed better than other group who actually drunk that –  Shirish Herwade Dec 6 '12 at 7:19
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The effectiveness of commercially available sports drinks.

This study from the University of Tasmania suggests so:

Our conclusions are 3-fold.

  • First, because of variations in drink composition and research design, much of the sports drinks research from the past cannot be applied directly to the effectiveness of currently available sports drinks.
  • Secondly, in studies where a practical protocol has been used along with a currently available sports beverage, there is evidence to suggest that consuming a sports drinks will improve performance compared with consuming a placebo beverage.
  • Finally, there is little evidence that any one sports drink is superior to any of the other beverages on the market.
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"there is evidence to suggest that consuming a sports drink will improve performance compared with consuming a placebo beverage" suggests that sports drinks do help improve performance. –  KronoS Mar 2 '11 at 20:19
    
duly modified... –  Adam Nuttall Mar 2 '11 at 20:21
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