Sports Drinks: Fresh Sip Appeal

The right fluids are essential for athletes, especially in summer. A new line of all-natural sports drinks provides much-needed electrolytes, energy and hydration but ditches the unhealthy high-fructose corn syrup found in most mainstream varieties.

Liv Natural Sports Drink ($1.75 at Whole Foods) is made with agave nectar, a natural sweetener with a low glycemic index, and comes in lemon, orange and berry flavors.

R.W. Knudsen's line of all-natural beverages includes Recharge, a sports drink that gets its carbohydrates from fruit juice and its electrolytes from sea salt. Its five varieties—orange, tropical, grape, lemon and organic lemon—sell for about $1.29 for a 16-ounce bottle at select health-food stores.

Vita Coco is 100 percent coconut water, a liquid that is naturally packed with electrolytes. It comes in plain coconut flavor as well as three other varieties: peach and mango, passion fruit and pineapple ($1.50 at Target and large grocery-store chains). It has already become a favorite with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have it delivered directly to their hockey training facility.

With drinks like these, you won't have to feel guilty about gulping.

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