Sugar in Sports Drinks

Why some Sugar (Glucose) is Important

Rapid and effective hydration depends on the active co–transport of glucose and sodium molecules through the small intestine.

The amount of glucose in a rehydration formula is very important. The 2% glucose concentration in Hydralyte Sports has been selected for optimal rehydration, whilst minimising stomach discomfort.

‘No sugar’ electrolyte formulations will not activate the co-transport of glucose and sodium.

The Problem with Excess Sugar in Sports Drinks

Sugary sports drinks can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Research has shown that drinks with high sugar concentrations can lead to unpleasant feelings of fullness, and delayed emptying of the stomach.

Sugary Sports drinks are frequently high in calories. Many people take up exercise to help maintain a healthy body weight.  High doses of sugar in these standard sports and the associated calories can not only effect the hydration process they make it harder to achieve your weight loss of weight management goals.  See how many calories are contained in popular sports drinks below.

Compare Sugar in Sports Drinks

Burning off Excess Sugars

Additional minutes of jogging required to burn off excess sugar:


Source: Choice Magazine Sports Drink Review, 17 August 2008.

Assumes a 70kg male undertaking moderate jogging consumes 34kj energy per minute and energy content of 1gm sugar (glucose equivalent) is 16kj.

Remember hydration is important before, during, and after exercise: