- Today, there are more than 10 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.
- More than 20 Canadians being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day (Canadian Diabetes Association).
- One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children have clinical obesity.
- Six million Canadians living with obesity (Canadian Obesity Network).
What is wrong with other sports/energy drinks in the market?
1) Sugar and calorie content. Most sports drink in the market are basically a calorie bomb. They are loaded with sugar and hence high in calorie. Drinking such sports/energy drink defeats the purpose of working out and exercising. Solution to this is simple. Just look at the nutrition labels, total carbohydrate and sugar content. Some companies add a lot of maltodextrin or similar ingredients to their sports drink. Obviously, the sugar content shows low in Nutrition Fact but the carbohydrate is very high. So watch for carbohydrate as well as sugar and calorie.
2) Artificial sweetener. The cheapest way of reducing the calorie is to replace sugar with some artificial sweetener. But do you want to have some artificial component?
3) Artificial colour. Artificial colours are very vivid and bright and hence very attractive to consumers. They are very intense and cheap too. That’s why companies use this kind of colourings because the cost of colour per bottle or packet of sports drink mix is close to zero dollar.
4) Caffeine and other central nervous stimulants content. The majority of us like coffee. But how much caffeine do you want to take per day? Look for the amount of caffeine in the sports/energy drink. If you choose those without caffeine then you can drink them any time during the day. Specially if you have a job and you can only exercise in the evening, you definitely need a drink without caffeine. Even if you drink it earlier in the day, I’m not sure how much you like to have caffeine crash!
Do you need more reason?! 🙂