Sugar-loaded Sports Drinks are Hurting Us

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We believe in simple, natural ingredients for hydration. Salt, coconut water, and stevia leaf are what makeup Fire Salt. On the contrary, most popular sports drinks are made up of 70% sugar.

1. The Sugar Surge & Diabetes

Diabetes has risen 6x over the last 50 years per the CDC. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association reports that the average American consumes 3x the daily recommended amount of sugar. And we wonder why 70% of adults struggle with obesity. The culprit is often found in our daily sports drinks. A Gatorade contains 34g of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and less than 0.4g of electrolytes. 

Numerous studies have also linked the high sugar content in sports drinks to metabolic disturbances and increased risk of chronic diseases. A review published in the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" highlighted the association between excessive sugar intake and conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. The rapid influx of sugars in sports drinks can lead to insulin resistance, disrupting the delicate balance of our metabolic processes.

2. Sucralose - 600x sweeter than sugar

The National Library of Medicine describes sucralose as an artificial ingredient chemically altered to be 600x sweeter than natural sugar. This is a key ingredient in most sports drinks today. It doesn't take a PhD to realize that doesn't sound good.

While many opt for diet or sugar-free sports drinks sweetened with sucralose to cut calories, emerging research suggests potential adverse effects. A study published in the "Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health" found that sucralose consumption may alter the gut microbiome, leading to disruptions in metabolic pathways and contributing to inflammation. As our understanding of the gut-brain axis deepens, the impact of sucralose on our overall health raises concerns worth exploring.

3. Fructose Fallout: A Liver's Burden

Fructose, commonly found in high-fructose corn syrup, is a prevalent sweetener in sports drinks linked to insulin resistance among other side effects.

Research published in the "Journal of Hepatology" has illuminated the detrimental effects of excessive fructose consumption on liver health. The liver metabolizes fructose differently from other sugars, leading to increased fat accumulation and contributing to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As sports drinks continue to be a daily beverage for many, the cumulative impact on liver function cannot be ignored.

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