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- Boosts energy level by providing carbohydrates-sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. One of the three main ways the body obtains energy, or calories. Although our body needs calories to survive, consuming too many calories leads to too much fat in our cells, making it extremely difficult to get rid of.
- 63 calories per 8 fluid ounces of regular Gatorade
- Sugar may cause dental erosion on teeth
- Similar to Gatorade
- 50 calories per 8 fluid ounces
3rd: Vitamin Water
- Very similar to SoBe Life Water and Propel (vitamins and electrolytes)
- Added vitamins: Vitamins C, E, B3, B6, B12, B5
- Easily drink 125 calories per bottle, 15 fluid ounces shy of calories in a can of Coca-Cola
- Stay hydrated
- Replace electrolytes
- Provide carbohydrates for use of energy
Calories and Carbohydrates
- 50-80 calories
- 14-17 grams of carbohydrates
We are developing a new drink that is healthy and replenishes electrolytes, so athletes can stay hydrated during and after exercise.
We want to create and evaluate something that doesn't have too many calories and sugar. Our goal is to construct a beverage with just as many beneficial factors as the other drinks, but is also healthy and is worth drinking, with little to no side effects.
- We need the drink to have potassium and sodium, but still have a pleasing flavor for the consumer. For the sugar, we would like to use something more natural, to make it taste good, but not be too unhealthy, such as fruits.
Elaborated in Design Process
- Artificial ingredients
- Refined sugars
- Other carcinogens (substance that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer)
- Antioxidants (prohibits and prevents the oxidation of some molecules in the body)
- Iodine (synthesization of thyroid hormones)
- Natural sugars (replaces refined sugars: fruits such as apples)
- Carbohydrates (immediate energy)
20 grams of carbs per serving:
- One-half cup serving of raisins
- 10 dates
- Sodium: foods containing salt
- Chloride: form of table salt and salt in prepared foods
- Potassium: bananas, kiwis, pomegranate, cherries, grapes
- Calcium: dairy, figs, oranges
- Magnesium: bananas, flax seed, different nuts
Longer Shelf LIfe
- Potassium benzoate (ensures freshness: inhibits the growth of mold, yeast and some bacteria)
- Gum acacia (emulsifies and stabilizes flavors and beverages)
- Calcium disodium (protects flavor)
- Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon
- Stir Sea Salt + Baking Soda + Lemon Juice + Maple Syrup into 8 ounces of Water
- Shake Raw Coconut Water + Chia Seeds
- Blend Frozen Banana + Almond Milk + Kale
When dissolved in liquid, potassium benzoate separates into its two parts, the electrolyte potassium and the benzoate salt. While benzoate by itself appears to be harmless, certain chemical reactions may convert it into a more harmful compound called benzene. When benzoate is exposed to light and heat in the presence of vitamin C, it can be converted into benzene, a kind of carcinogen.
Plan of Action
Since our drink should be beneficial to athletes and completely free of carcinogens and be able to retain its freshness over a long period of time, then we have two different options: don't include Vitamin C in our drink or warn consumers to keep the beverage below a certain temperature.
Sports drinks have a large amount that is primarily caffeine and that can have effects on your body this includes age, weight, and caffeine tolerance. They can cause nervousness, headache, increased blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
Without all of the artificial ingredients, the drink may not have as many ingredients, thus leading to less nutrients (discussed in Breakthroughs)
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