Sport Drinks are not of any benefit for the average athlete. They mildly help professional athletes but if you are not exercising at that level daily then they are just as bad for us as soda. Due to successful marketing people are convinced that they are good for anyone that does any level of activity. But all the sugar they contain may be part of the obesity problem the USA faces.
This study was authored by Nalini Ranjit and posted at CNN.com. 15,000 middle and high school students found that the people purchasing these drinks also were eating a better than average diet. These students have been convinced that the drinks are part of a healthy lifestyle. Yet the sugar content is almost as high as soda.
To help prevent obesity, diabetes and other sugar related health problems stay away from Soda and Sports Drinks. Your body will thank you for this.