Healthier than sports drinks
There are three main types of sports drinks – hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic
Hypotonic drinks contain a low to moderate amount of carbohydrates (less than 4g, or 1 teaspoon, per 100ml) and are designed to replace the fluids you lose during exercise.
Isotonic drinks contain a high amount of carbohydrate (4 to 8g, or 1 to 2 teaspoons, per 100ml). As well helping to replace fluid, they will also go some way towards topping up your body’s carbohydrate stores. These can sometimes get low if you exercise strenuously for more than an hour.
Hypertonic fluids have a very high concentration of carbohydrate (more than 8g, or more than 2 teaspoons, per 100ml). At this level the body will absorb them more slowly than water but may give a boost with refuelling.
Vitastream® - healthier than many so called ‘healthy’ or ‘energy’ drinks.
Comparison of drinking 500ml of these popular drinks.
Ribena – Blackcurrant 500ml 52.6g of sugar or 13 teaspoons
Innocent Smoothie 250ml 34.3g of sugar or 8.5 teaspoons equivalent of 17 teaspoons for 500ml
This Water Pure Squeezed Lemon & Limes 250ml 21.3g sugar or 5 teaspoons equivalent of 10 teaspoons for 500ml
Lucozade Sport Elite Orange 500ml 40g sugar or 10 teaspoons
For Goodness Shakes Sports Recovery Drink 475ml 50.3g sugar or 12.5 teaspoons equivalent to 13 teaspoons for 500ml
Vitastream Flavoured Waters 500ml 0g sugar or 0 teaspoons