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Old 08-12-2019, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
. . . Sugary drinks might provide less hydration than pure water, but not by very much. And that just leaves the problems with the sugar itself, which depend on how much exercise you're getting.
I've met people who think that the digestion/metabolism of sugar pulls water out of your system, which is emphatically not the case. Chemically, the metabolism of sugar creates water and carbon dioxide. It doesn't create enough water to count in the body's water balance, but it doesn't remove any water either.

While the sugar is unmetabolized, it could throw your electrolyte balance off if you were dehydrated. Possibly. Sodium and potassium have a stronger effect.