Best Athlete-Endorsed Sports Drinks
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#1. Vita Coco
It's no secret — coconut water is having a major moment right now. So it only seems fitting that one of baseball's biggest stars, the Yankee's Alex Rodriguez, was recently announced as the latest brand ambassador for Vita Coco, the best selling coconut water in the country. The all-natural hydrating drink boasts a laundry list of pros over leading sports drinks: less sodium, less sugar, fewer calories, more potassium, five essential electrolytes, and your complete daily dose of vitamin C.
Another big athlete fan? Professional surfer Kelly Slater. According to Vita Coco's website, the champion wave rider drinks the beverage on a daily basis.
#2. FRS Healthy Energy
There's no denying that people were shocked at the news that Denver Broncos star Tim Tebow had turned down an endorsement deal from Gatorade — which was invented at his alma matter, University of Florida — in favor of one from FRS Healthy Energy. Described as a "healthy alternative to traditional energy drinks," FRS is the only drink on the market to use quercetin (a naturally occurring antioxidant originally used to give energy to cancer patients) as its main ingredient. It's also formulated with green tea extracts and has B complex vitamins, as well as vitamins C and E.
LA Lakers' Derek Fisher is also a fan, as well as famed cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been credited as the first person to put the product on the map.
#4. Vitamin Water
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#5. Muscle Milk
You can't help but laugh at the irony that a drink that comes in flavors like "Chocolate Malt" and "Cake Batter" actually sponsors professional athletes. Repped by motocross stars like Justin Brayton and Davi Millsaps, the lactose-free protein-enhanced beverage is a well-known go-to for athletes looking to bulk up with limited fat gain. The drink uses a combination whey and casein proteins (there are 16 grams of protein per serving in a 17 ounce container) which can be useful for endurance athletes engaged in strenuous workouts. That said, be aware that it's fairly high in calories and carbohydrates, and half of the fat content per serving is made up of saturated fats.
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