Spitting Your Energy Drink Provides the Same Benefit as Swallowing, Says Study

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A new study has proven that spitting may be more beneficial than swallowing; when it comes to consuming energy drinks, that is!

Thanks to researchers over at the University of Hertfordshire in England, we can now confidently swill energy drinks in our mouths and, um, subsequently spit them out—knowing we’re receiving the same benefits as swallowing them. Since performance-enhancing beverages are typically loaded with excess sugar, sodium and caffeine, the “discharge” will no doubt be saving us hundreds of unnecessary calories.


When performing trials on fencing athletes, the study found that lunges of fencers became more accurate after they rinsed their mouths with a sports drink containing the sugar maltodextrin, even though they spat it out. On the other hand, fencers who rinsed their mouths with just water recorded a decrease in performance due to tiredness.

Since maltodextrin has no taste, fencers had no clue as to whether they were receiving the energy-enhancing cocktail or water. The fencers who did swish around the maltodextrin had a reported average of 6.4 percent more accuracy, while the fencers who rinsed with water dropped in accuracy by 3.3 percent.

According to The Telegraph, research by the University of Hertfordshire showed the mere presence of maltodextrin in the mouth was enough to stimulate areas of the brain associated with motivation and accuracy. Dr. Lindsay Bottoms, a co-author of the study, also added that swilling a sports drink had the same effect as swallowing it for exercise lasting between 30 and 60 minutes.

While swilling and spitting sugary drinks may have a questionable impact on your oral health, there now appear to be proven benefits for your waist line. That's all that matters, right?

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