Sports Drinks Hardly Better Than Soda Atlanta Triggers Sizzling Soda Talk "Big Bird" Sells Out to "Big Sugar"
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm
Reporter Caroline Hilbert of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers an excellent article following up on the soda industry's new vending policy, which restricts or pulls sodas out of the schools but permits sports drinks and juices in middle schools and high schools and juices in elementary schools.
One of the important points journalist Hilbert raises is that some nutritionists call into question the value and nutritional quality of sports drinks and juices, a concern I raised yesterday.
For example, if you examine the ingredients in Gatorade, you won't be impressed.
What's more, it includes other questionable chemicals and even artificial dyes. Gatorade Raspberry Lemonade, for instance, includes citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, ester gum, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, red 40, and blue 1.
The big question is this: Why is this sports drink so much preferred over soda for schools? Is it really much different -- other than that it's a little lower in calories and includes 30 mg of potassium?
As I mentioned previously, when it comes to juices, many nutritionists and doctors say eating the whole fruit is the way to go, because you get fiber and the sugar takes more time to process in your body.
Hurrah to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for launching some tantalizing talk about soda in the schools with their "Talk of the Town" item, "School vending machines lose their pop."
But now Sesame Street's Big Bird, Elmo and Grover are pushing Musselman's applesauces from Knouse Foods that are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and contain artificial colors (Red 40, Blue 1 and Yellow 5).