The first three ingredients listed usually comprise about 80-90% of the formulation. However, it's not enough to just focus on the first three listed ingredients. You also have to be careful of the ingredients listed last too as they tend to be the nasty chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors. If any of the first three ingredients are sugar-sucrose, dextrose, fructose, HFCS- that should be a red flag. Next, go through the rest of the ingredients and see how many hard to pronounce chemicals are in it. Another red flag is the long ingredient lists in a product. Lastly, concentrate on the last several ingredients listed. If they contain artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, or other chemicals like polyethylene glycol or silicon dioxide, then steer clear. Finally, if the last ingredients listed are colors and numbers like FD & C Red 40, Yellow No. 5, or Blue No. 1, put the product down and run!!!!
So, next time you reach for your pre or post workout drink check the label. You might be getting more than you think!! CHEERS, Trainer Todd