"The sad, sad state of affairs is where else are you going to get research from?" she said. "You're not going to get large NIH grants to study sports nutrition issues. ... [The money from Gatorade] in no way influences what I do and what I say. I'm a professor. I teach sports nutrition and one of the most important pieces that I try to get across with my students is how to actually evaluate the research."
Dolins agreed the average workout doesn't require a sports drink for hydration.
"Are sports drinks appropriate for everyone? Absolutely not. Are they appropriate for some people? Absolutely so. And I think that determination has to be made on an individual, case by case basis," she said. "I don't think there should be any sweetened beverages in our schools."
The reality check say Oxford researchers is that just because sports drinks may be good for Olympians does not necessarily mean they are good for the rest of us, especially children.