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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Sports drinks are often considered a post-workout solution, both for quenching one’s thirst and revitalizing one’s system. Yet, most people don’t consider the impact the energy-boosting quick fixes can have on your teeth.

According to recent research conducted by Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, you might want to think about what’s more important to you: healthy teeth or an energy boost?

While most athletes want their sports drinks to be delicious, researchers say the added acids used for taste can lead to greater risk of tooth demineralization. When frequently consumed, acids from sports drinks could have an erosive effect on the teeth.

Luckily, scientists say there are easy substitutes for those who depend on endurance drinks.

Associate Professor Lisa Mallonee posed a few alternatives.  On the Texas A&M Vital Record website, she said, “Consuming ‘plain old water’ is always best.”

For both hydration and antioxidants, Mallonee suggests consuming more fruits and vegetables with high H2O. Another all natural alternative is coconut water, which is low calories and sodium, but high in potassium.

“Natural, unflavored coconut water is best,” Mallonee said.  “Otherwise, it’s no better than soft drinks or juice because of the added sugars.”

A lot of people turn to sports drinks to replenish electrolytes lost while sweating through a workout.  But Mallonee says, natural electrolytes can be found in fruits like berries, bananas, grapes, and cantaloupe.

Next time you hit the gym, you might want to grab some natural alternatives as opposed to the go-to sports drink.  Who knows? You might even see a better result.

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