Is Pickle Juice The New Sports Drink?

Is Pickle Juice The New Sports Drink?

What’s In Pickle Juice?
They key nutrients to look for in a recovery drink is carbohydrates, sodium, potassium and water. Pickle juice is lower in calories than a typical sports drink and can have anywhere from 0 to 100 calories per cup.  It’s also high in sodium and antioxidant vitamins C and E, which can help boost your immune system. While it does contain some potassium, it’s less than what you’ll find in traditional sports drinks. The exact mechanism as to how it can help relieve muscle cramps isn’t really known, but it’s most likely the vinegar offering up the benefits. One study did show that pickle juice relieved muscle cramps more effectively compared to plain water. In addition, another study suggests that it might also be good for your gut since it is fermented, helping to slow down the emptying of the stomach.

If you really want to hop on the pickle juice bandwagon, you can drink the leftover juice from your pickle jar or commercially prepared pickle juices are now marketed as sports drinks – like these pickle juice shots. If drinking pickle juice doesn’t appeal to you, you can also incorporate it into marinades and dressings.

Bottom Line
While studies on pickle juice suggest that it can aid in post-workout recovery, more research is needed. In addition, the benefits don’t seem to be superior to what you would get from drinking electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut or watermelon water or a sports drink (Gatorade is my drink of choice during my singles USTA tennis matches).  Pickle juice is also very high in sodium, so if you’re watching your sodium intake you probably would want to skip it.

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