Water vs Sports Drinks vs Energy GelBy Rocky Thompson on July 18th, 2012
I’m sure many of us already avoid the neon-colored sports drinks that look (and one would imagine taste) like Windex. Drinking them over water has long been touted by sports nutritionists and anyone who realizes that consuming massive amounts of calories when you’re exercising to get in shape is a bad idea. A recent NPR article goes a step beyond the Olympics by Powerade® and points out that energy gel is also likely a bad idea, unless you’re unable to find real food. “The fact is, every time you take a gel, you’re doing the exact opposite of what you want to do,” says Sims, who has worked with cycling stars Andy Schleck and Lance Armstrong. She says densely sugared foods dehydrate the body and cause overheating. NPR also gets points for talking to Gary Fisher, who for his part suggests roast beef sandwiches and burritos over gels.