What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. Out of the gym, in the kitchen to talk about
one of the most commonly asked questions that I get, and that is, ‘Jeff, what is the value of sport drinks before
I train, or while I train, or during my game?’ It’s a common question. It’s one I actually know a lot about because
back in Major League Baseball, we sure as hell had a big bucket of Gatorade in our dugout
every single game. We would instruct players to drink a Gatorade
in between one inning break and then water in the next inning break to try to balance
it out. One for the value of the electrolytes of the
sport drink, and then one for the hydration of course from water. But how good are they really? Well, guys,
if you look at this, I’ve got 3 different sport drinks sitting in front of me. And I want to show you guys one of the biggest
tricks that sport drinks will play when they’re trying to hide some of the things that aren’t
so great about their drink. Right here, we’ve got our classic Vitamin
Water. This is a Vitamin Water Zero. So, the sweetener used in here is Stevia. So, for those looking for the all natural
sweeteners which I tend to and we put in our ATHLEANRX Supplements, Stevia here is going
to be the sweetener of choice. And you’re pretty much good to go. You’re
going to get the hydration. You’re going to get the electrolytes and you’re going to have
again, as your sweetener, Stevia. So you’re not so bad if you’re going to be
using a sport drink. This other one here, bai5, it’s actually, it’s really good. It
tastes good, I like it. They use erythritol in here as their sweetener
and that’s a sugar alcohol. A lot of protein bars will use the same thing. You see the difference. They have the sugar
alcohols and the regular sugars. And the sugar alcohols are not counted towards the carbohydrates. That’s because they’re not digested the same
way. They’re not broken down the same way. The only complaint that people have about
sugar alcohols is their likelihood to cause indigestion or diarrhea or you know, gas pains
if you drink a lot of them. Guys, we’re not talking about drinking tons
and tons of these bottles everyday because there’s a far bigger value to drinking water
if you’re drinking too many of these. You’re excluding your opportunity to drink
water. But if you’re going to have one of these a day, you should be totally fine. But here’s where the tricks get played. Now
this is a new brand. My wife actually bought this. I mean, it looks really cool. It’s got all the great things on the side.
The electrolytes, 2 and a half times of the sports drink. Vitamins, 200 percent of the
RDI. Coconut water, right, we know the value of
coconut water. So, it’s got everything in here. Natural flavors. No artificial colors. Here’s the trick, though. You’ve got to look
at the serving sizes, and you’ve got to look at the sugars that come in these sport drinks. This sport drink here, 18 grams of sugar.
Now, that, guys, I’m going to show you in a second here how much that really is. That’s 18 grams of sugar, but guess what?
There’s 2 servings in this container. Now, I don’t know who you are, but when we drink
these things, when I drink these things, I drink the bottle.
I don’t drink half of it and put it away and come back the next day. I drink the bottle. So, there’s not 18 grams
of sugar in here. There’s 36 grams of sugar in here. And guess what? That’s every single calorie that it’s in this
thing is straight sugar. Now guys, you know I talk about the value of constructive calories
versus destructive calories. Or, at the very least, nonconstructive calories.
Plain sugar is a nonconstructive calorie. You don’t need it. It’s going to help you to build muscle. It’s
not very valuable for you. It’s excluding, again, guys drink this at the exclusion of
natural, plain water. And if that’s what you’re doing, you’re making
a big mistake. But let’s underscore how much that really is so that you can see what it
is you’re putting in your body if you drink this. So, the rule of thumb, guys, 4 grams of sugar
per teaspoon of sugar. Ok, so for every teaspoon you get 4 grams. We have 36, 36 divided by 4 is 9. So, that
means we’ve got 9, 9 grams. Here. 1, 2, count with me, 3, I’m not even
half way there. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Come in close here and see how much sugar
you’re getting in that 1 bottle here of that. Does that look like that’s good for you? Is that going to be powering you as an athlete?
The breakfast of champions? Likely not. All we’ve got to do is add a little
water, and we’ve got that sport drink. Guys, this is one of the areas that sort of,
you know, blows my mind when I think about the kind of crap that could be put in front
of us. But really, it’s your responsibility, alright.
I tell you all the time, we know what the right thing is. The right thing is to hydrate
with water. That’s the right thing. If you’re going to
hydrate with sport drinks, good. Be responsible, have one of them. And choose the better options,
I believe. Natural Stevia. But, if you start having these, and you start
cranking these down and chugging these down all day long throughout your workouts, multiple
bottles, guys, get control of your hydration. You need to have much more water than this
and you certainly need to stay away from this garbage because that’s not going to help you. So, hopefully, guys, you found this video
a little enlightening. Again, you may not have known how much sugar is actually in these
things. And you may not have known about this little
trick that they play, the 2 servings per bottle. That’s straight bullshit as far as I’m concerned
because again, nobody drinks just a half of a bottle. They all drink a bottle. So, if you found this helpful, guys, make
sure you leave a thumb’s up below. And in the meantime let me know what else
you find helpful, I’ll make a video about here in the upcoming videos. Thanks, guys.

Sports Drink Disaster (HIDDEN SUGARS!!)

100 thoughts on “Sports Drink Disaster (HIDDEN SUGARS!!)

  • August 5, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    Great Video ….

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  • August 8, 2014 at 10:32 am
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    that's a dessert spoon. tablespoons are a lot bigger. still no teaspoon though.

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  • August 10, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    Isn't it all about nutrient timing though? I mean sugar is the fastest digesting carb and have several benefits when taking it the right time:  To spare muscle glycogen and maintain constant release of insulin to inhibit cortisol release (catabolic) during/after workout. Just want to get your thought on this AthleanX, because I really look up to you and would love to get your input on this 🙂

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  • August 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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    how come bodybuilders on youtube sometimes eat candy and count it as carbs and they are shredded??

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  • August 12, 2014 at 8:08 am
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    How the hell is that a TEAspoon? Looks more like a tablespoon to me.

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  • August 15, 2014 at 11:52 am
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    Hey can you please do a video about calf work

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  • August 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    Does vitamin water or Bai5 pay you to recommend their products?

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  • August 16, 2014 at 8:34 am
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    If you are an Athlete, drinking sugar during a game gives you energi

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  • August 16, 2014 at 11:55 am
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    Just drink water!!

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  • August 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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    I really like your video tutorials. And I for one have gained hugely. However your demonstration of sugar content would have been more scientifically presented if you'd used scales. As you say let's put the science back in your training.
    Keep up the excellent work.

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  • August 29, 2014 at 2:24 am
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    Yo! @ATHLEAN-X™ can you plz do a VIDEO on the regular meals intakes per day like say for…… example that someone who eats 3 times a day and each meal is 500 or 600 calories would that be healthy or are we suppose to eat 6 times a day to see results in our body. For me my brother I weigh 230 and I eat 3 times a day big meals (healthy) with water..just wondering if u can weigh in on that type of topic thanks!

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  • February 11, 2015 at 6:39 pm
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    Hey man, that`s a tablespoon!!!

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  • February 12, 2015 at 6:25 am
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    @ATHLEAN-X™ , @Jeff Cavaliere , we all have the same question. Wasn't that a tablespoon in the video? It seems so. Please reply.

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  • May 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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    But body armor taste so good!

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  • July 1, 2015 at 9:21 am
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    This video makes me cringe…

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  • August 27, 2015 at 3:19 am
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    What is the last sports drink called

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  • September 4, 2015 at 12:40 am
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    I'm a sophomore in high school and run cross country for my school and I found that if you drink 1 Body Amour before running it benefits you greatly! The potassium eliminates cramps while running (if your breathing technique is down,) and the vitamins give you the energy to go the extra mile. For these reasons, I feel as if the 36g of sugar is cancelled out by the benefits I've gotten from the drink. As long as you drink 1 like the videos say, I think Body Amour is the best sports drink on the market!

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  • September 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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    I was really looking for a Gatorade or Powerade example here lol I have not heard of those other drinks.

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  • February 22, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    hey Gatorade has 2 more grams of sugar!

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  • March 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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    yeah, because EVERY company in america has some evil plan to destroy all of our teeth

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  • April 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm
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    Shots fired at his wife for picking up the drink.
    I say…Drink whatever the….Fuck you want.
    Great I formative video though Jeff.

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  • May 30, 2016 at 7:05 am
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    thanks man

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  • June 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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    The thing is though is that they're not lying. If you don't read the label it's on you. Even with natural sweeteners it just masks the actual sugar, in which case you're still taking in sugar regardless of what they "replace" the sugar with. Body Armor uses pure cane sugar, something I'm much more comfortable knowing rather than a drink with "zero" sugar and sucralose or stevia. It's practically impossible to be on a sugar free diet. Even vegetables and fruits have natural sugar and are both deemed as some of the healthiest foods you can eat. That being said I mainly drink water and rarely have a sports drink, unless I'm feeling really depleted.

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  • July 28, 2016 at 5:10 am
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    I run cross country i drink the whole thing about 30 min before a race and a bottle of water after I swear to God that body armour makes me feel like I'm on steroids while I'm runing it is a alot of sugar but like most sports drink it isn't for the average Joe

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  • November 18, 2016 at 11:54 am
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    Sugar gives you wings to fly.

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  • January 17, 2017 at 1:42 am
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    Jeff.. should I be wary of the sucralose sweetener in my BCAA powder mix? Does this warrant the same kind of caution as the sugars in sports drinks? Thanks.

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  • January 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm
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    You're not using an actual teaspoon here but either way it would be too much sugar.

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  • January 29, 2017 at 7:29 pm
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    At first I was at like ur bullshitting and then it says 2 servings

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  • March 25, 2017 at 5:46 am
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    You have a tablespoon in your hand buddy, not a teaspoon. One teaspoon of sugar weighs slightly less at 4 grams. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar. So your 18 grams is about 4..5 teaspoons of sugar.

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  • March 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    What about Hammer Heed Electrolyte drink?

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  • May 7, 2017 at 11:20 am
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    awesome video I terms of information and education. I would rate it at a 7, a 10 with a better camera, stabilizer and audio.

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  • May 14, 2017 at 8:24 pm
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    what about milk?

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  • May 22, 2017 at 8:01 am
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    Let's be honest…We don't need sugar in our daily lives.

    But we can't go more than a day or two without it. WE ADDICTS MAN!!

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  • July 1, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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    eww bai taste nasty af

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  • July 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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    i add water to my sports drinks, me thinking that it helps reduce the sodium and sugar and boost the elctralights, but its just a theory of mine, would that help?

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  • August 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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    If you train and usually have a good diet and workout drink only one sport drink a week I do it on my cheat meal day.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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    That's not a tea spon

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  • August 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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    That's a table spon

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  • September 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm
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    Water is your best friend, ffs your body is 70% water.

    I used to drink a lot of soda but once I started replacing that soda with water it made a world of difference.

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  • September 30, 2017 at 9:59 am
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    You're using a tablespoon 3 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon your calculation is off. And I'm happy at least they're using real sugar instead of artificial sweeteners that may cause harm to your body because we have not been able to truly test the results of them on our bodies.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 3:16 am
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    How's that a disaster? I just worked out for the first time in a looooong time, and i almost passed out to low blood sugar… do you have an episode on that?

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  • November 10, 2017 at 6:25 am
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    Gatorade and vodka works best for me

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  • November 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    Only 9 reps??? Jeff you could have gone one more!

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  • December 4, 2017 at 2:24 am
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    What about Crystal Light? yes or no!! Thanks

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  • December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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    is chocolate milk good after the work out?????

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  • December 26, 2017 at 2:51 am
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    never mind sports drinks, what about energy drinks!! i`ll never understand why anyone would consume them. a lot of the fitness model`s drink them, but i don`t know if they know what`s in them or why they drink them, with exception to the caffeine!! thank you so much for sharing my friend, with love from Wes!! hugs!!!

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  • January 6, 2018 at 4:21 am
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    Diet coke and rum works for me.

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  • January 9, 2018 at 1:20 am
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    that is pure cane sugar they use

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  • January 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    I get the point Jeff, but you are using at least a tablespoon of sugar per scoop. A tablespoon = 3 teaspoons, so while there is a lot of sugar, that is a bit excessive.

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  • January 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm
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    I drink zero calorie Powerade. I was wondering if that’s about as good for hydration as water. I take creatine and am doing a Keto diet.

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  • February 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    One tablespoon equates to roughly 15 grams.

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  • February 5, 2018 at 12:13 am
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    There is no way that there is that much sugar in there and it tastes super good though

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  • February 6, 2018 at 8:42 am
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    He’s 1100% Absolutely Wrong.! It’s not straight bad sugar Mr. wanna be Personal Trainer Dude.! It’s [Natural Fruit Sugar] the sugar your body needs to Help you after a hard long workout

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  • February 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    this stuff is horse shit Jeff

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  • February 22, 2018 at 7:39 pm
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    " Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth."
    he used a TABLESPOON what a moron i hate people like that put 9 heaping table spoons ,the drink has less sugar than half of what he showed!

    simply fuck you for having this video still up its a flop anyway ,and overkill against sugar ,basically you are flat out lying ,visuals lie facts and numbers dont

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  • February 26, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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    Lol, those were tablespoons. Big difference. Still a good video tho

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  • April 5, 2018 at 3:57 am
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    I know this is an older video but can you do a video about normal water vs. alkaline water? Everyone at my gym is talking how alkaline water is "the way to go"

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  • April 18, 2018 at 8:18 pm
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    That's why I buy the light version. Only 3g of sugar

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  • April 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    dude your like a body builder, these drinks are for athletes who consistently burn away calories on the court.

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  • April 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm
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    where's the gatorade and powerade?

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  • April 22, 2018 at 6:46 am
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    Are you aware that’s a tablespoon? And that’s not how you measure it either I would say that there is a total of 18 tablespoons in that glass for a total of 72g

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  • April 22, 2018 at 9:49 am
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    Excuse me WTF did Gatorade payed you the body burns sugar Boodyarmor has all natural sugar that the body burns.

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  • April 24, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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    Body Armor has a "lyte" version, very good! with not much sugar

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  • April 26, 2018 at 3:55 am
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    Totally got sucked in by all the “natural” stuff, definitely opened my eyes to see the whole picture of what information is in front of me

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  • April 30, 2018 at 12:38 am
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    I've wondered about those before. Thanks Jeff.

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  • May 4, 2018 at 10:07 pm
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    The thing is Jeff when you’re doing 3-4 hrs of cycling high sugar content is just the ticket, we literally fill our water bottles up with water and 6-7 heaped tablespoons of sugar , on top of that 2 or 3 pinches of salt, a bit of magnesium and boom 💥 you’re in business , I know what you’re saying but it really boils down to the level of intensity and duration , when you ride above your threshold you burn a lot of Carbohydrate and sugar is the quickest way to replenish on the bike either by gels or sugar water

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  • May 4, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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    https://youtu.be/ShxEbR73Qng

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  • May 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm
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    So glad I watched this. I've been drinking the 28oz Body Armors and they have 3.5 servings. Holy toledo!!!

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  • May 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm
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    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck….. I just bought 42 bottles… Noooooooooooooo

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  • May 31, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    So what's best to drink to rehydrate yourself rehydrate when you're working really hard in the hot weather straight water

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  • June 11, 2018 at 10:57 am
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    You can have 25g of sugar a day. So one sportsdrink and thats that for the day.

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  • July 18, 2018 at 3:37 am
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    Is bodyarmor a supplement?

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  • August 11, 2018 at 8:07 pm
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    He doesnt understand how to measure and he tells others what to do so thumbs down for me:)

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  • August 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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    even the teaspoons in the US are huge…

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  • August 17, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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    God dammit body armour

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  • August 21, 2018 at 8:15 am
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    Why not Pedialyte?

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  • August 29, 2018 at 6:20 pm
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    That's nasty

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  • August 31, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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    So does having a regular Gatorade after training or performing hurt? I've read it is good to have a Gatorade, but I've also read its bad so i'm just not sure. Anyone wanna clear it up…

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  • September 10, 2018 at 5:28 am
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    Who cares…

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  • September 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    Sugar – glucose – fuel – glucose consumed but not used – glycogen – glycogen is stored for later.

    Sugar is our friend.

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  • October 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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    How about the bang drink? I use it pre workout

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  • November 6, 2018 at 11:50 pm
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    I'm going to vitamin water, and I thought body armor was better than Gatorade should have known

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  • January 24, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    That was 9 table spoons not tea spoons

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  • January 26, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    I got tricked by this once, the. During a wrestling tournament I decided to read the back and saw that it said amounts of sugar per a serving then I realized that there are 3 servings or whatever. Never bought those again. Have made my own

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  • February 24, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    What about the zero sugar zero calories energy drinks like monster are those bad for you I usually drink at least one a day?

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  • April 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    How uo dat no 9 teaspoons XD i love body armour

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  • April 4, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    that is not hidden to anybody who can freakin read

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  • April 5, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Hi I wasn't sure which video to comment on but what are some good ideas to stay in shape when I have a leg injury and I'm a soccer player and my favorite day is legs it's probably all I do now that my knee and left achilies injured just want some ideas or suggestions

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  • April 9, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Simple syrup great on pan cakes!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Legend has it that milk is actually better to hydrate than water

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  • June 5, 2019 at 7:56 am
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    Sports drinks are hypocritical, sugar depletes electrolytes

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  • June 8, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    Thoughts on Powerade Zero?

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  • June 12, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    lol those are HEAPING table spoon measurements not teaspoon or tablespoon. Use a REAL teaspoon and tablespoon measurement then try again. Mislead much?

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  • June 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    Great bullshit video……….

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  • July 10, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    That woke me tf up! Thank you so much for this info! I thought I was doing great until I stumble on this. I'm forever thankful. God bless you , man.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    But if u working out suger give u more energy

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  • July 25, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    Oh shoot

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  • August 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    I literally was wondering about stevia and looked up stevia ATHLEAN and I popped up…just stop dude ur going to fast for me lol. Ty

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  • September 19, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    What about body armor lyte

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  • September 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Bai uses stevia now. In 2019

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