16 April 2015

Beverages Council hits back at claims sports drinks are not beneficial as a hydration option

The Australian Beverages Council has responded to claims from ABC’s The Checkout that sports drinks aren’t beneficial as a suitable hydration option.

Geoff Parker, CEO of the Australian Beverages Council comments:

“Sports drinks, also known as electrolyte drinks, are functional beverages designed to hydrate and replace carbohydrates and electrolytes in people engaged in intensive physical activity or exercise for periods greater than an hour.

For people undertaking more moderate exercise, that is less than an hour, the industry offers a wide range of low or no sugar products that hydrate perfectly well for these less intense occasions. This includes bottled water and low and no kilojoule versions of sports drinks.

Any food or beverage that contains fermentable carbohydrates (sugars and some starches) can play a role in the development of tooth decay but eating a varied diet, and practising proper dental hygiene, can reduce the risk of tooth decay developing. No one single food product or beverage is the sole contributor to health or dental problems.

“According to the recent Australian Health Survey, just 1.3% of the people consumed a sports drink on the day of the survey1. This clearly shows these drinks are consumed by a small portion of people engaged in intensive activity or exercise” said the Council’s CEO Mr Parker.

Media contact:

Geoff Parker – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council

+61 (0)407 646 195


The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body for the non-alcoholic beverages industry and represents 95% of the industry’s production volume through membership.

1Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results – Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12

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