Acid Guzzling Drinks Found on Store Shelves Near You!



You’re athletic, you play sports and need constant hydration. So, you reach for a sports drink or two like Gatorade or Powerade. You need extra energy to get you through your day of studying for the next big test and you proceed to down Red Bull like it’s going out of style. This happens to be a very common behaviour amongst teens and young adults everyday. Unfortunately, they’re an ‘enamel death drink’. The acidic cocktail attacks the enamel in just 5 days, causing irreversible damage and leaving teeth vulnerable to cavities and decay.

A recent study lead by Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, and her team at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine tested 22 different kinds of high energy and sports drinks for acidity levels and enamel decay.

The enamel decaying test involved dunking samples of human tooth enamel in each beverage for 15 minutes, followed by a soak in artificial saliva for two hours. This was repeated four to five times a day for five days, in order to mimic the average person’s drinking habits.

Jain said, “Most patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.”

Energy and Sports drinks with some of the highest acidity levels:

  • Gatorade Blue (had the highest acidity)
  • Hydr8
  • Red Bull Sugar free
  • Monster Assault
  • 5-hour Energy
  • Von Dutch
  • Rockstar

Sports and energy drinks tested for enamel decay were:

  • Gatorade Rain
  • Powerade Option
  • Propel Grape
  • Monster Assault
  • Red Bull
  • 5-hour Energy

The American Beverage Association disagrees with the study saying, “People do not keep any kind of liquid in their mouths for 15-minute intervals over five day periods,” therefore, claiming it’s not realistic.

Essentially, these drinks are actually worse than pop! Drinking good old water, natural fruit juices and especially coconut water, which has super re-hydrating properties are much better alternatives.