Monday, July 4, 2011

Danger behind Isotonic Drinks

Isotonic drinks more incentive to invade the market. Through advertising, the product is imaged able to replace lost body fluids in a short time. Behind the impression of freshness, isotonic drinks can be dangerous if taken carelessly.

An isotonic beverage ads on television say, ions in the isotonic able to keep the skin moist and your body better than ordinary water. Another ad says, losing two percent of body fluids will decrease your stamina and concentration.
Lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, Frances Rungkat Zakaria, said the advertising of products isotonic partly misleading the public. In the ad, as if to drink isotonic anybody and under any conditions.
In fact, Frances warned, could not consume isotonic drinks arbitrary because it contains sodium salt (NaCl).
"Look at the label, there must be its content of Na and Cl," said Frances. He added, isotonic drink is none other than saline solution. By the manufacturer, the solution was then given additional other substances, such as vitamins. Ion which was mentioned very beneficial for the body is actually not only contained in the isotonic.
Each salt is dissolved in water, said Frances, will inevitably turn into ions Na and Cl ions.
"So, the ions contained in the vegetable lodeh with isotonic ion in the same," said Frances. As it contains salt, isotonic should not be taken lightly.
If excessive levels of salt in the body will cause high blood pressure or hypertension. "When you've got hypertension, just waiting for the part of the body is broken first," said Frances.
From food
When our bodies sweat, sodium and chloride contained in body fluids come out through the pores of the skin. If the two substances were not replaced, the cells of our bodies too long will damage and death. The problem, of which sodium and chloride substance is obtained?
Should it be of an isotonic drink? The answer is no.
According to Frances, the food we consume daily is sufficient to replace sodium and chloride out with sweat. "Every time I cook, we always use salt. That's enough to replace the salt out of the body. Even excessive, "said Frances.
He warned, in normal conditions, the adult body requires only 2.3 grams of sodium per day, whereas chloride is only 50-100 mg.
In children, it needs two substances less than adults. When we cook without salt, sodium and chloride also needs can be met from food .. He pointed out, an ounce of red meat contains 70 mg of sodium, while each 10 ounces of rice contains 10 mg of sodium. Other foodstuffs, such as eggs, chicken, beans, fruits, and vegetables, also contain sodium.
"Therefore, under normal conditions, we no longer need to replace body fluids with isotonic," said Frances. Frances reminded, consumed more suitable isotonic athletes who wrestle strenuous exercise.
Strenuous exercise in athletes, the need for sodium is higher than the average person, which is 5-7 grams per day. Even so, should be calculated in advance whether sodium and chloride are required athletes in question had acquired enough of the food consumed. If still less, may be added to the isotonic.
In developed countries, said Frances, there are agencies that examine and calculate the amount of sodium in foods consumed by athletes.
The result, which served meals three times a day it already contains 6 grams of sodium.

Although isotonic should not be taken carelessly, some isotonic product advertisements use models instead of ordinary people (not athletes) as
isotonic consumers. Isotonic beverages was also drunk at ordinary conditions, such as stuck in traffic that is not always synonymous with the release of ions to excess body.
Even mentioned, without naming the condition, isotonic better than plain water. According to Frances, such advertising is misleading the public. Manufacturers may only attract a buyer with a creative ad, but the ads have also been included clear information, not misleading information.
Manufacturers should also include beverages that contain salt warning. That consumers can make the best decision, it should be mentioned also how much salt it takes a human per day. "Indeed, manufacturers will be noisy. If the label is applied, their products will not sell.
However, do not because of economic interests, public health is at stake, "said Frances. So, although it seems refreshing, be careful if you want to consume isotonic.

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