Sports drinks are designed to provide the body with carbohydrates during a workout (for energy) as well as replace the electrolytes (sodium & potassium) that are being sweated out. As an athlete, your goal is to choose a sport drink that is 6-8% carbohydrate during exercise. This carbohydrate amount is optimal for athletic performance/training and gastric emptying. Look for this week’s article to see which sports drinks fit the 6-8% carbohydrate range!
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.