Letters The truth about sports drinks

Investigations editor’s reply to Sawka and Hargreaves

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5442 (Published 14 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5442
  1. Deborah Cohen, investigations editor1
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. dcohen{at}bmj.com

Both Sawka and Hargreaves accuse the BMJ of alleging conspiracy, but our article does not allege this.1 2 3 The BMJ points out that the evidence base for many claims and recommendations made by drinks companies and august sports medicine authorities is poor.

The article also highlights that manufacturers have developed close links with sports scientists who have gone on to develop hydration guidelines for all manner of organisations. Both Hargreaves and Sawka reiterate …

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