Many Ways to Hydrate

It doesn’t matter too much what you drink. For hydration, anyway. Apparently the water in Omaha is as bad or worse than Santa Barbara’s. Following up an inquiry from elite athletes whether drinking soda or juice was as good as plain water for hydration, researchers at U. Nebraska Medical Center strictly controlled and monitored fluid intake for 27 male athletes for three days. One group took half its fluid from plain water; the other group had only juice, coffee, and cola. At the end of the three-day trial there was no difference in hydration. Flat Coke mixed with skim milk, here we come! (Research published in J. American College of Nutrition, vol. 22, p. 165.) (No word yet on the local Hasher’s proposal to repeat the study using only beer. Most likely, they already have…) (4/17)

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