When we go mountainbiking we take a break once we've reached the peak to enjoy the view and get some quick energy with some delicious cake, coffee and a juice beverage called an Apfelschorle. This beverage is a 50-50 mixture of apple juice and carbonated water without any other additives or sugar.
Not only is this combination very tasty, particulary the Apfelschorle has been scientifically proven to be an effective refreshment during exercise.
A study* published in the Journal of Food Nutrition found that the diluted apple-water mixture was just as effective as commercial sports drinks like Gatorade in sustaining and improving performance and providing electolytes. The apple-water mixture provided not only additional nutrients and phytochemicals, which the commercial sports drinks did not contain, it was also about half the cost.
- Gatorade® yields a 6% carbohydrate solution while apple juice diluted 50% yields a 5.9% carbohydrate solution, a comparable amount.
- A 64 fl oz. bottle of Gatorade® G series Thirst Quencher 02 Perform, costs $2.19 (New York State tax included) or $0.034 per fluid ounce. In contrast, a 64 fl oz. bottle of Wegman’s Food Market’s brand apple juice costing the same amount yields 128 fl oz. when diluted by 50% with water equates to $0.017 per fluid ounce (as diluted to equate to composition of sports beverages).