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.
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.