The first time I went into print about energy drinks being no better than sugar in water, the wrath of the energy-drink manufacturers hit me like a tsunami. No amount of persuasion on their part, however, changed my view.
Since then, I’ve been horrified by the growth in popularity of energy drinks. I can’t understand it, other than thinking people believe the con. It infuriates me that manufacturers, backed by so little science, play on people’s insecurity.
But now researchers from Bath University have come up with evidence that supports my original contention. In fact, they go further. They say adding a spoonful of sugar to plain water could be MORE effective in enhancing sport performance than energy drinks.
They even reckon stirring sugar into a water bottle before a big physical challenge could be the difference between success and failure.