In the 1998 comedy "The Waterboy," Adam Sandler's character believes in folklike traditions derived from the Louisiana bayou. While fulfilling the simple duties of a water boy, Bobby Boucher discovers an unforeseen tackling ability that opens up a whole new world of opportunity and friendship. In one scene, in an attempt to refocus and challenge Boucher, the coach shouts across the field, "Water sucks, Gatorade is better" knowing that Boucher believes to a tee that H20 is the ultimate source of power and energy.
In an harmonious Queen- like melody that's gut-busting funny, the scene speaks to a much larger and serious question of whether or not sport drinks are actually better than pure, good old fashion water. After a long workout our instincts as well as taste buds push us towards the flavored sports drink, but should we listen?
Though the question has been asked several times before, the answer isn't as simple as we may think. Here's what we know about these thirst- quenching, refreshing drinks: the common ingredients for Gatorade, Powerade, and others are; carbohydrates, electrolytes, flavoring and water paired with generous amounts of sugar.