Sports and Isotonic Drinks

Sports drinks and isotonic drinks are options designed to help consumers stay hydrated while keeping their electrolytes in balance, which is necessary for overall health and wellness.  These types of products should be used as functional beverages, often to help athletes and other active people hydrate before, during, and after vigorous exercise. Sports and isotonic drinks can provide nutrients and quickly replenish the electrolytes and carbohydrates lost during physical activity or exposure to high temperatures.

Consumed in moderation, sports drinks can play an important role in a healthy diet. Though electrolytes are sodium, they are provided to help maintain the proper balance of fluid within an active body and will thus not contribute to excess sodium consumption. As with other beverages produced by members of the Australian Beverages Council, lower calorie versions of sports drinks are available for consumers who want nutrients and electrolytes with fewer kilojoules.

For more information about sports drinks and other products, please see our For Consumers section