The Ultimate Showdown: Sports Drinks vs. Electrolyte Supplements
Sports drinks or electrolyte supplements: Which one is the real deal?!
We all know that exercise is important for our health, but what about the aftermath of a vigorous workout? When we sweat, we lose electrolytes, which are essential minerals that help the body function properly. To replenish these electrolytes, many people turn to sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade, or electrolyte supplements like LMNT and Re-Lyte. However, which one is actually better for you? In this blog post, we'll compare and contrast the different options available to consumers and help you make the best decision for your post-workout routine.
First, let's talk about sugar. Sports drinks tend to have a lot of added sugar, which is not great for anyone. Electrolyte supplements, on the other hand, typically have a lot less sugar or none at all. For example LMNT contains no sugar, while Gatorade and Powerade have about 21 and 34 grams of sugar per serving, respectively. This makes electrolyte supplements a better choice for those who are looking to avoid added sugars in their diet.
Whilst there are now sugar-free sports drink options like Gatorade No Sugar and Powerade Zero, they often contain artificial sweeteners like sucralose and Acesulfame K. On the other hand, electrolyte supplements like Re-Lyte Hydration tend to use natural sweeteners such as stevia. So if you're looking for a healthier choice, electrolyte supplements may be the way to go.
Next, let's look at the electrolyte content. Electrolyte supplements generally have much higher levels of electrolytes than sports drinks. For example, LMNT has 1000 mg sodium, 200 mg potassium, and 60 mg magnesium per serving, while Gatorade has only 306mg sodium and 135mg potassium per serving, and zero magnesium. This makes electrolyte supplements a much better choice for those who need to replenish their electrolytes after intense exercise or sweating.
Both electrolyte and sports drinks come in a wide range of flavours however electrolyte supplements can often have a more salty taste compared to sports drinks, which is understandable given the higher sodium content. Whilst many people actually prefer the saltier taste it can take a bit of adjusting to.
When it comes to replenishing your electrolytes after exercise, there are many options out there. While sports drinks can be a convenient choice, they often contain a lot of added sugar and may not have as much electrolytes as you need. On the other hand, electrolyte supplements like LMNT and Re-Lyte and others, can provide a more natural boost of electrolytes without the added sugar.