Although Stapfam and a few others may not believe this, summer IS in fact coming -- and with it, come longer rides in hotter weather.
I remember last summer there was quite a spirited conversation on hydration vs sports drinks vs energy drinks... (I think the only thing ANYBODY agreed on was the need for pie!)...
Anyway, here's a video from Cleveland Clinic Sports nutritionist Kate Mone on that same topic:
She says for workouts under one hour, water works well to rehydrate you. However, the tipping point hits after one hour, when you begin to lose more than water, including electrolytes, sodium and glucose. That’s when drinks that contain more than water, such as sports drinks, can help your body the most. However, Mone says to be careful to watch how much sugar you drink so that your glucose levels don’t spike.
What is the perfect drink after a tough workout? Chocolate milk. Surprised? Watch to learn more.
(She makes a subtle distinction between sports drinks and energy drinks)