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Gatorade contains electrolytes to rehydrate people and provide energy. However, it also contains high levels of sugar, which can increase people’s health risks. According to Healthy Eating Research. Water is the most logical form of hydration.

However, sports drinks like Gatorade contain sugar and electrolytes like sodium and potassium. Sports drinks can help replace what we lose during longer. And Gatorade, like Brawndo, has electrolytes. Gatorade has a good amount of sodium, as well as glucose (sugar).

And your small intestines LOVE glucose. The little transporters in your small intestines will pick up that glucose, and in turn pick up the sodium. Sodium is one of the major electrolytes found in Gatorade as well as other sports drinks.

An article in the November 2009 issue of “Nutrition Bulletin” suggests it may be the only electrolyte needed in sports drinks for exercise rehydration. It is a positively. Electrolytes are salt minerals that conduct electricity and balance essential body fluids. Electrolyte imbalances, from dehydration or excessive sweating, can have serious health consequences. Gatorade contains sodium, potassium and chloride to help replenish lost electrolytes and keep your body running smoothly and efficiently, especially during exercise and.

The main electrolytes in this sports drink are sodium and potassium. These are two of the most important electrolytes for the human body. The maker of Gatorade chose these as they are particularly helpful for hydration and muscle functionality.

How quickly will Gatorade work?Electrolytes are another big reason for drinking Gatorade or other sports drinks during a strenuous athletic event or workout, since they are able to regulate where fluids are distributed within your body. When you sweat, you lose potassium and sodium, which are both electrolytes.

It’s because of the invaluable electrolytes they contain. Since the public is becoming more aware of healthy eating and living, that term might sound familiar. Athletes often throw around the word, electrolytes, as they are guzzling a large Gatorade.

Gatorade is a well designed electrolyte drink. It’s only downfall was 35g of sugar that would supply a blood sugar rise of 100 points. Gatorade zero uses Sucralose instead of sugar. It isn’t digested like sugar so if you are sugar depleted the pancreas will release it. The main ingredients (other than water) in most sports drinks are electrolytes and carbohydrates, though some beverages include additional ingredients.

Here’s a look at some common sports drink.

List of related literature:

A balanced salt solution such as Gatorade or Powerade is a good source of balanced electrolytes; patients with diabetes mellitus should consider Gatorade 2 or Powerade Zero as it contains less sugar than Gatorade.

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by Mark Feldman, MD, Lawrence S Friedman, MD, Lawrence J Brandt, MD
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Gatorade Thirst Quencher® is backed by more than 40 years of research and is scientifically formulated and athletically proven to quench thirst, replace fluids and electrolytes, and provide carbohydrate energy to enhance athletic performance.

“Sport Public Relations: Managing Stakeholder Communication” by G. Clayton Stoldt, Stephen W. Dittmore, Scott E. Branvold
from Sport Public Relations: Managing Stakeholder Communication
by G. Clayton Stoldt, Stephen W. Dittmore, Scott E. Branvold
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2012

Such drinks (e.g., Gatorade and Powerade) have the purpose of optimizing body hydration, replacement of electrolytes (mainly sodium), and maintaining high rates of carbohydrate oxidation as energy supply which may guarantee performance.

“Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength” by Debasis Bagchi, Sreejayan Nair, Chandan K. Sen
from Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength
by Debasis Bagchi, Sreejayan Nair, Chandan K. Sen
Elsevier Science, 2013

The major ingredients in sport drinks are water, carbohydrate (e.g., fructose, glucose, and/or sucrose), and electrolytes (e.g., sodium, potassium).

“Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice” by Richard B. Kreider PhD FACSM FISSN FNAK
from Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice
by Richard B. Kreider PhD FACSM FISSN FNAK
Lulu Publishing Services, 2019

Sport drinks contain about 50 to 80 calories of carbohydrate per 8 fluid ounces (240 milliliters) and a small amount of electrolytes (usually sodium and potassium) to replace what is lost in sweat.

“Successful Coaching” by Rainer Martens
from Successful Coaching
by Rainer Martens
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2012

The consumption of sports drinks (SDs), like Gatorade, is perhaps the easiest way to replace electrolytes at a working incident, although electrolytes can be found in many nutritional foods (especially green vegetables).

“Fire Department Incident Safety Officer” by Dodson
from Fire Department Incident Safety Officer
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Gatorade and other sports drinks contain excess carbohydrate (6% to 8%); they should be diluted with one or two parts water to one part drink for children, but older adolescents may tolerate the carbohydrate load.

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by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, et. al.
Mosby/Elsevier, 2013

We recommend Gatorade because it has balanced electrolytes.

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by Kenneth Anderson
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Electrolyteand sugar-enriched drinks, such as Gatorade or Gatorade G2, should be used when normal meals cannot be eaten or when sweating is excessive (during athletic training or military forced marching, for example).

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from Medicine for the Outdoors E-Book: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid
by Paul S. Auerbach
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Several electrolytes, including sodium and potassium, are ingredients of both sports and energy drinks.

“Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine” by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
from Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
SAGE Publications, 2010

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  • What’s weird is that yesterday I was comparing the sugar and salt and all that stuff and I noticed that the Powerade has less sugar and sodium than the Gatorade. But then today I looked again and the Gatorade was 32 oz but the Powerade was 28-oz I never knew that. But I still prefer the Powerade because of the b vitamins

  • As an athlete who plays basketball I disagree(kinda), although this does have a lot of sugar, during a game this replenishes your electrolytes and boosts your energy which increases your performance. If you are trying to lose weight this is not ideal but if your are playing sports this drink is a good one

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  • So bad! And to think, people are told to drink Gatorade before colonoscopies, for the Good For You electrolytes. I’d prefer getting mine another way. Unbelievable! I’ve never had either, and though I know they’re full of sugar and gmos, your specific video was great!

  • Oh for crying out loud.. drink it in moderation during high intensity exercise! It tastes great while on long runs or hiking mountains!! Geez

  • So I appreciate these videos for sure but could we get on that gives us specific options for alternatives. you quickly give suggestions of things to avoid but never recommend actual products. for example the diet soda one also you mention to drink sodas flavored by monk fruit. Does that even exist? I drink Zevia with is sweatened by stevia but I wonder about other alternative drinks that are good for us.

  • +PsycheTruth Well, even beyond the sugar content, there are chemicals in Gatorade/Powerade that should be avoided, BVO being one, and the colourings being another. When I ditched these drinks years ago I began to make my own intra-workout drink: Coconut water from young coconuts, pure Aloe Vera juice (no additives or sugar), and some orange juice for taste. I’ve NEVER looked back.

  • Banana bag is better but pedialyte will work in a pinch, I think pedialyte is to sweet. I swear somebody saw me drinking pedialyte in a Walgreens parking lot and then they started advertising to adults, it’s a alcoholics bag of tricks.

  • I did exactly what you said. It worked ����. It was really bad and I was so sleepy from having to get up at night to relieve my bug. Thank you

  • Youtube is not getting my LIKE!!��⚠️⚠️! PEDIALYTE IS BETTER, MUCH BETTER FOR MY SON, HE RECOVERED MUCH EASIER FROM HYDRATION THIS TIME, AND I’VE USED PEDIALYTE MAX (and I dont receive anything from no one,to say that, before someone ask)

  • Lady, athletes drink Powerade and Gatorade for the carbs so they have more energy and preform better so weight gain isn’t going to happen because they burn off the sugar and calories

  • Why would sports drinks help you lose weight? They are used to replace electrolytes and glycogen stores. Some athletes need 60-90g of glucose an hour. That is the equivalent of 1 to 2 cans of Coke. A recent study found that caffeine after training improved glycogen re-uptake by up to 40%.

  • You did a good job covering why light to mid workouts may not be good with using poweraid you ignored some glaring issues. 1) none of the options you showed were a good repleanasher of sodium (neither is poweraid but it still has some) most interactions between cells use potassium and sodium, and as someone with low blood pressure I have to balance my sodium loss when I work out heavy. 2) these drinks are meant to help endurance during spikes of activity (sports games, supplement to water during running or hikeing) or 3) benefit to strength training. That added sugar may be the bit to push you through the end of a grueling workout, one that’s going to still be affecting your body after you complete it

  • Corina, You did a great job explaining the sugar content of these popular beverages. As a Professor, I enjoy showing your videos on Nutrition to my class. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Thanks for all the info Keep up the good work I tried some of your recipes they are great. My favorite is the Kale with lemon and olive oil.

  • What about Gatorade Zero? Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been drinking this stuff super heavy, I need to know now if I should stop drinking it and go back to just water….?

  • If your goal is sports PERFORMANCE and not fat loss, you need sugar.
    Real athletes need sugar, your typical recreational fitness bunny doesn’t.

  • I clicked on this video 3 weeks ago thinking it was an Opinion on Flavor. I personally have drank 2-3 Blue/Red Powerades everyday for the last 6 years. When I seen them spraying I immediately lost the passion for my favorite drink.
    I switched to Vitamin Water.

  • But what if ur extremely exhausted and ur karate teacher gives u a 5 minute break and you have no ways to fill ur energy HMMM A POWERAID WOULD COME IN HANDY

  • MOM!!! LETS GET PEDIALTYTE!!!
    mom:WHAT! GATORADE WHEN YOUR SICK?
    no mom pedialyte
    Mom:OHHH that orange fluid??
    Yeah
    Mom:Ok let’s go to shoppers to get orange juice!
    -_are you kidding me

  • Good video. I don’t know if many people think of energy drinks as a diet product, but rather a sports drink, still she’s right on the money with this one. Way to much sugar. One thing that people can do is juicing for electrolytes. Plenty of recipe’s on youtube.

  • What do you recommend for a recreational marathon runner, for a typical 5 km 20 km training run? A water + lemon juiced by oneself? Does that cover the need for electrolytes? Thank you so much for answering!

  • They aren’t meant for weight loss buddy they are meant for actual athletes in competitive games and tournaments to keep you hydrated. Why are you trying to debunk something that it’s not meant to do

  • Bae people dont sit around and drink those like water, athletes use those for energy during games so they’re burning the sugar anyways

  • Always a great video from you there’s a lot of marketing go behind these products and they need to be blank blank so many people drinking this crap and don’t not get it

  • Arguments
    1 they don t help replenish sweat
    2 they do not help weight loss

    ok
    1 yes they do you had no complaint about this fact, you lied to us
    2 they do not claim to help wight loss they help in replenishing sweat, and they are used for games

    This is like arguing for something they do not claim

  • Lmao. Literally just read the food label people. Also potatoes with the skin is very good potassium.
    Is there a video on how to get enough potassium and not overdosing on sodium?

  • I know it is bad for you but why NFL NBA NHL, etc, players and many professional athletes drink those stuffs (Gatorade most of the time)? It may gives people a wrong concepts of superstars drinking it, it got to have something good about it, more energy, more vitality, etc.

  • powerade really isn’t that bad in moderation, especially considering it’s the only thing i drink besides water, and everyone else my age is getting loaded on liquor and cocaine

  • Does anybody know if I can substitute food with pedialite?? Not willingly of course! My anxiety makes it so I can’t eat even thinking about eating makes me feel sick

  • During long bicycling rides after 60 miles if I drank gatorade or poweraid my legs would start cramping 30 min to an hour later. In 2008 I switched from oatmeal for breakfast to eggs cooked with butter. Then used an electrolyte powder without any sugars during the ride. Cramping ceased and after a 100 mile ride did not feel wiped out. No need for a 2hr nap post ride.

  • However, during an acute onset of a dehydrated systematic headache…drink a lighter, tiny (child-sized) jug of Gatorade… Repeat if necessary…

  • But, wait. You didn’t recommend an alternative product. What would be something with the electrolytes and without so much sugar? Is there such a product?

  • Thank you…never ever want to try it…started new job hard work notice have big jugs there for workers…so i said im tired goin to try it….i said taste good give me energy…then late body start feelin tired tired weak..im like what the heck now i know its from these drinks….will never touch again

  • Powerade taste 1000000 times better, i hate artificial flavoring and all gatorade flavors have that taste, powerade is way more refreshing

  • gatorade is basically just sugar water with some salt added. they don’t even use the original formula any more because it got too popular and they wanted to make it more cheaply to increase their profits. yah. no. gatorade in 2018 is basically just a big flavored sugar water marketing scam with the money to pay popular athletes for their commercials to make us buy more. however, it certainly tastes good soooooo i’ll probably keept drinking it. but again, let us not be fooled by the actual lack of nutrient balance in gatorade

  • This chubby kid in my elementary times said why is he fat when he drinks Gatorade at Lunch because he thought drinking sports drink loses calories and weigth

  • Oh man got to love the psuedo science following in these comments! Do you all believe that vaccines cause autism as well? Do you believe in your cult leader?

  • While most of us already knew they’re both bad for you, I would’ve preferred if he outright stated which is the worst of the two. Oh well, the vid was still nonetheless informative.

  • Thank you doctor. I honestly thought these drinks were healthy. People believe these are the healthiest drinks. I did. Now I know.

  • The red Gatorade (Fruit Punch) gives me a headache in the summertime as soon as I take a sip of it. I take Pedialyte with me when I go cycling in one of my bottles.

  • I did a 15 mile hike at Iwo-Jima and it was over 110 heat index. I was fine throughout the hike and when I got to the top of the mountain the Marines placed the flag I drank 1 bottle of power aide. I figured I needed to replace my electrolytes. The hike down the hill and back to the airplane I was so winded. It was the longest 7.5 miles of my life. That stuff is such junk.

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  • Lovely Video clip! Apologies for butting in, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you heard about Weyannah Reyharlotte Method (google it)? It is a smashing one of a kind product for getting rid of IBS and irritable colon Immediately without the hard work. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my good mate called Gray after many years got excellent success with it.

  • The thing about Powerade is you are supposed to drink it after you exercise bruh. It replaces the sugars glucose and electrolytes lost in sweat. Powerade is not the culprit here.

  • Love your videos! I often use you workout videos and come to your channel for advice on various topics.�� What’s your take on the emergen-c electrolyte drink mixes?

  • During winter, when hiking in the mountains, I always carry a bottle of Gatorade or Isostar around exactly because it has plenty of sugar in it.
    Sugar acts as an efficient anti-freeze protection keeping this stuff liquid down to -8C, at about -10C it get’s slushy but still drinkable (saving me the additional weight of a 2nd thermos flask). Plus when it is cold I sometimes just need the extra energy to make it to the summit (and back down) safely. When you’re running low on sugar you loose power, concentration goes down, you start making mistakes,… so it has it’s purpose.

  • As an endurance athlete I just care about performance before and during the races so I appreciate the video but what would be better? What about the Miosport squeeze additive to water?

  • Gatorade for me works quicker then medication with a stomach ache

    it helps keep my energy up,whilst giving me Somthing to actually throw up instead of just dry heaving

    I usually water mine down tho so that I can get more water