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High-Calorie Sports Drinks are becoming a Health Hazard to Office Workers

April 23rd 2012

It appears that one in 5 office workers are drinking high calorie sports drinks at their office desks and as they are not burning off these calories it is becoming a risk. A fifth of these people are saying that they are doing this to help them recover from hangovers.

The problem is that these energy - boosting drinks are made for people that are doing high impact exercise and not for people who are sitting on their office chair all day and at their office desk. Each bottle contains 500ml of fluid which is made up of 150 calories which takes an average of 20mins to burn via a brisk jog. Not only this but some of the drinks also contain high levels of caffeine that have been linked to heart problems and behavioural disorders.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have said that the only people that should be drinking these isotonic drinks are "active individuals performing endurance exercise". Having said this, a survey undertaken by the National Hydration Council found that 11 million adults in the UK, which includes a quarter of men, have them sitting at their office desk and drink them throughout the day. There are various reasons that people have them sitting at their office desk and a fifth of the 2000 people questioned about the survey admitted that they had the drinks when feeling tired where as 18 percent of the people asked said that they used them as a cure for a hangover.

'These products are designed for highly-active sportspeople undertaking regular high-intensity training and performance exercise lasting for more than 45 minutes. What's even more concerning is that this insight is paired with people not drinking enough water or at the right times.'

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