I have a question on recovery after cardio. Given that hydrating and electrolyte post-workout is vital, what is the virtue of sports drinks over water+potato chips (baked)? To be clear, this is a question about quality not quantity of nutrition, or even better options such as real potato or bananas.
To wit, both have sodium and potassium, but while sport drinks is otherwise sugar, potato chips have a little bit of sugar, fiber, carbs, fat and protein. All of which are, in general, vital nutrients and nutrition-delivery mechanisms. On top of that, potato chips are more delicious/satisfying (IMHO) plus in general, both electrolyte-per-calorie and nutrition-per-dollar is higher than for sports drinks (at least the version with water).
So the question is, what, if any, of the potato-chip carbs/fiber/fat/protein is counterproductive to the overall health benefits of cardio? maybe glycimic-index? To me however, it seems like the opposite would actually true. Indeed, I would go as far as to recommend baked potato chips (+water) over sports drink, but it does not seem to be a recognized option for post-workout recovery.
Certainly, I think for intra-workout hydration, sports drinks might be better, less loggy, but what about post-workout? Does potato chips have a bad reputation from the old days, or is there a genuine reason for avoiding it.