Pickle Juice and Gatorade Vie for Sports Drink Success
“After a long, intense run, what do you reach for? A bottle of water? A Gatorade? What about a nice cold glass of pickle juice? Sound odd? It could be the future of sports drinks…
“A sports drink? Yes, pickle juice has been proven to relieve activity-related cramping. A Brigham Young University study found that subjects experienced relief just 85 seconds after ingestion. Even though some scientists believe that it is purely neurological, somehow the pickle juiced helped.”
Jeff’s note: Yes, I drink this myself. After several ultra-runner firneds of mine recommended it to me several years ago, I squeamishly gave it a try, and loved it. It’s a great, refreshing summertime drink – even wihtout the health benefits for runners. And if you have a big jar of dill pickles in the house anyway, drinking the juice is environmentally better than just pouring it down the drain.