Are Bodyarmor Drinks Actually Good For You?

Remember way back when Gatorade was the only sports drink option? This is definitely not the case in the modern day. The sports drink aisle has welcomed many newcomers, and the shelf is feeling pretty crowded these days. This is wonderful if you're one to break a sweat often, and has yet to find a brand or taste you're really a fan of. According to Healthline, sports drinks can help you stay hydrated by replenishing electrolytes that the body loses while working out for longer periods of time. But that doesn't mean we can treat all sports drinks equally.

The current newcomer in the spotlight is Bodyarmor. The Bodyarmor website shares that the company was founded in 2011 by a man named Mike Repole. And after gaining popularity with the late Kobe Bryant taking a share in the company, beverage giant Coca-Cola stepped in and also took a share in 2018. The company appears to be growing. And they also boast that their sports drink options are low in sodium, high in potassium, and have no artificial colors or sweeteners. Sounds pretty healthy right?

Bodyarmor might be recommended, but do you need it?

When placed side by side for review with other sports drinks, Bodyarmor appeared to hold up to its claims of being a healthier option. When reviewing the Bodyarmor Fruitpunch beverage, Karin Adoni Ben-David, a certified nutritionist and health coach, gives InsideHook the thumbs up. "Overall this product has nice ingredients," he says, adding, "and I like the use of coconut water as a source of electrolytes. The product has lots of added vitamins, which is good for your body. I would say it's a nice option for a sports drink." 

Ben-David likes the ingredients, but many people are skeptical as to how necessary sports drinks are to our hydration. The Washington Post shares that 90% of Americans don't need fortified drinks, as they get enough necessary nutrients without them. And even though Bodyarmor has "nice" ingredients, it is perhaps most important with any drink to look at the amount of sugar in the bottle. A 16-ounce bottle of Bodyarmor, for example, has 140 calories and 36 grams of sugar. A sugary soda like a 16.9-ounce bottle of Pepsi has 58 grams of sugar — not all that much more than Bodyarmor's sugar content.

Bodyarmor may have a higher ranking in the health scale when compared to other fortified drinks. But next time you walk down that over-crowded sports drink aisle, really consider if you actually need a sugar-filled drink to help you replenish.