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that ubiquitous blue, sugary sports drink

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jul 21, 2010

That blue drink. It’s everywhere. I’ve never tried it, but it’s in the photo with my son in the dugout from last week.

One of my kids reported to me not long ago, “My soccer coach says I HAVE to drink Gatorade, because it’s good for us and she doesn’t want us passing out.” I told her, “I’ve never tasted Gatorade in my life, and I’ve run 10 miles at a time, or played tennis for 3 hours and haven’t passed out yet. There was no Gatorade until 20 years ago or less. [Thanks, University of Florida! Not.] What do you think all the distance runners in Africa are doing? All you need is what I already give you–good ol’ water. Mom trumps the coach in this case–I am not buying Gatorade.”

Chemical food dyes, chemical sweeteners, chemical electrolytes, no thanks. Good water and fresh fruits and vegetables, plus some nuts or seeds for good fats, are the best thing to fuel a workout before or after. I also love Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie–what I make every morning–for a perfect electrolyte and fat/carb/protein ratio for athletics, 400 calories. It’s in the Breakfast recipe collection or Ch. 11 of 12 Steps.

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2 thoughts on “that ubiquitous blue, sugary sports drink”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I “love” these blue sportdrinks… Such a normal colour för something you’re supposed to drink (not!)

  2. [preaching to the choir]

    The Gatorade idea was, well, interesting — at the time. More recently, they started using HFCS in it, so now it’s bad for you. That stuff will GIVE you DIABETES. I will pass on that!

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