What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. Out of the gym, in the kitchen to talk about
one of the most commonly asked questions that I get, and that is, ‘Jeff, what is the value of sport drinks before
I train, or while I train, or during my game?’ It’s a common question. It’s one I actually know a lot about because
back in Major League Baseball, we sure as hell had a big bucket of Gatorade in our dugout
every single game. We would instruct players to drink a Gatorade
in between one inning break and then water in the next inning break to try to balance
it out. One for the value of the electrolytes of the
sport drink, and then one for the hydration of course from water. But how good are they really? Well, guys,
if you look at this, I’ve got 3 different sport drinks sitting in front of me. And I want to show you guys one of the biggest
tricks that sport drinks will play when they’re trying to hide some of the things that aren’t
so great about their drink. Right here, we’ve got our classic Vitamin
Water. This is a Vitamin Water Zero. So, the sweetener used in here is Stevia. So, for those looking for the all natural
sweeteners which I tend to and we put in our ATHLEANRX Supplements, Stevia here is going
to be the sweetener of choice. And you’re pretty much good to go. You’re
going to get the hydration. You’re going to get the electrolytes and you’re going to have
again, as your sweetener, Stevia. So you’re not so bad if you’re going to be
using a sport drink. This other one here, bai5, it’s actually, it’s really good. It
tastes good, I like it. They use erythritol in here as their sweetener
and that’s a sugar alcohol. A lot of protein bars will use the same thing. You see the difference. They have the sugar
alcohols and the regular sugars. And the sugar alcohols are not counted towards the carbohydrates. That’s because they’re not digested the same
way. They’re not broken down the same way. The only complaint that people have about
sugar alcohols is their likelihood to cause indigestion or diarrhea or you know, gas pains
if you drink a lot of them. Guys, we’re not talking about drinking tons
and tons of these bottles everyday because there’s a far bigger value to drinking water
if you’re drinking too many of these. You’re excluding your opportunity to drink
water. But if you’re going to have one of these a day, you should be totally fine. But here’s where the tricks get played. Now
this is a new brand. My wife actually bought this. I mean, it looks really cool. It’s got all the great things on the side.
The electrolytes, 2 and a half times of the sports drink. Vitamins, 200 percent of the
RDI. Coconut water, right, we know the value of
coconut water. So, it’s got everything in here. Natural flavors. No artificial colors. Here’s the trick, though. You’ve got to look
at the serving sizes, and you’ve got to look at the sugars that come in these sport drinks. This sport drink here, 18 grams of sugar.
Now, that, guys, I’m going to show you in a second here how much that really is. That’s 18 grams of sugar, but guess what?
There’s 2 servings in this container. Now, I don’t know who you are, but when we drink
these things, when I drink these things, I drink the bottle.
I don’t drink half of it and put it away and come back the next day. I drink the bottle. So, there’s not 18 grams
of sugar in here. There’s 36 grams of sugar in here. And guess what? That’s every single calorie that it’s in this
thing is straight sugar. Now guys, you know I talk about the value of constructive calories
versus destructive calories. Or, at the very least, nonconstructive calories.
Plain sugar is a nonconstructive calorie. You don’t need it. It’s going to help you to build muscle. It’s
not very valuable for you. It’s excluding, again, guys drink this at the exclusion of
natural, plain water. And if that’s what you’re doing, you’re making
a big mistake. But let’s underscore how much that really is so that you can see what it
is you’re putting in your body if you drink this. So, the rule of thumb, guys, 4 grams of sugar
per teaspoon of sugar. Ok, so for every teaspoon you get 4 grams. We have 36, 36 divided by 4 is 9. So, that
means we’ve got 9, 9 grams. Here. 1, 2, count with me, 3, I’m not even
half way there. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Come in close here and see how much sugar
you’re getting in that 1 bottle here of that. Does that look like that’s good for you? Is that going to be powering you as an athlete?
The breakfast of champions? Likely not. All we’ve got to do is add a little
water, and we’ve got that sport drink. Guys, this is one of the areas that sort of,
you know, blows my mind when I think about the kind of crap that could be put in front
of us. But really, it’s your responsibility, alright.
I tell you all the time, we know what the right thing is. The right thing is to hydrate
with water. That’s the right thing. If you’re going to
hydrate with sport drinks, good. Be responsible, have one of them. And choose the better options,
I believe. Natural Stevia. But, if you start having these, and you start
cranking these down and chugging these down all day long throughout your workouts, multiple
bottles, guys, get control of your hydration. You need to have much more water than this
and you certainly need to stay away from this garbage because that’s not going to help you. So, hopefully, guys, you found this video
a little enlightening. Again, you may not have known how much sugar is actually in these
things. And you may not have known about this little
trick that they play, the 2 servings per bottle. That’s straight bullshit as far as I’m concerned
because again, nobody drinks just a half of a bottle. They all drink a bottle. So, if you found this helpful, guys, make
sure you leave a thumb’s up below. And in the meantime let me know what else
you find helpful, I’ll make a video about here in the upcoming videos. Thanks, guys.