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How to save your team money, make your own energy drinks!!

Many of your players will turn up for training and match days with bottles of expensive energy drinks such as Lucozade, Powerade, Red Bull etc. But, you can save them loads of money by making your home made energy drink. Maybe call it “Load of Bullocks” and start your own business!!

Energy drinks are big business: we get through about 45 million litres of the stuff every year, with the market now worth over £791.8m, making it the UK’s third biggest soft-drinks category, according to the ‘Britvic Soft Drinks Report 2012.

The vast majority of these energy drinks target sport related performance, particularly football.

They claim to keep you energised and rehydrated. So what’s actually in them? And are they actually worth the money?

If you look on a bottle of one of these drinks you’ll see an ingredients list that looks very long and complex. But they actually only contain 3 key components:

  1. Water to hydrate you
  2. Sugar for energy
  3. Salt to replace electrolytes lost when you sweat.

So to make a 500ml bottle per player of you own homemade energy drink, all you need to do is mix:

  • 500ml water
  • 30g sugar (around 6 teaspoons)
  • 0.65g salt (around an eighth of a teaspoon)
  • And for some flavouring add a splash of orange squash, lime, blackcurrant etc.

It really is as simple as that. And virtually free!

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