Sports Beverage Do’s and Don’ts

Ever wonder about sports beverages such as Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Muscle Milk, and Coconut Water? Learn the sports beverage truth!
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist David Wiss sits down with Krystle Rich from Time Warner Cable and breaks down each beverage, offering practical advice.
Mr. Wiss is never afraid to tell the truth about deceptive marketing. Watch below for the whole story!
In a nutshell:

  • Gatorade can be used for endurance activities of 90 minutes or more such as running or cycling. It is useful for replenishing electrolytes following sweat loss.
  • Vitamin Water Zero is absolutely useless for post-workout nutrition.
  • Muscle Milk is a scoop of protein powder mixed with a multivitamin and should only be used for convenience when there are no other options.
  • Coconut water can be useful for light activities such as hiking or bike riding. The electrolyte balance is not optimal for endurance training with intense sweating.

To learn more about Krystle Rich and her show “Get Fit” click HERE
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Dr. David Wiss became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in treating eating and substance use disorders. In 2017, David received the “Excellence in Practice” award at the National Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded him the “Emerging Dietetic Leader Award” in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department (with a minor in Health Psychology) by investigating the links between adverse childhood experiences and various mental health outcomes among socially disadvantaged men. His treatment philosophy is based on a biopsychosocial model which incorporates an understanding of biological mechanisms, psychological underpinnings, and contextual factors that integrate the social determinants of health. Wise Mind Nutrition is an app-based interactive treatment program available for download now -

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