Gatorade Nutrition Facts: Is It Good For You
While Gatorade is one of the greatest brands in the sports drink industry, its nutritional value is controversial. Is it a sugar-bomb that you should avoid at all expenses? Or is it a nutritious choice for hydration? Well, the answer, as is the case with several nutrition debates, is not so simple. Determining whether you should drink Gatorade (or any sports beverage) depends on your philosophy and health goals, the amount and type of workout you’re doing, and personal preference. Gatorade is both highly caloric and a fluid source of carbohydrates and electrolytes that can benefit athletes. However, by and large, unless you are working out intensely for prolonged periods or are an elite athlete, you’re unlikely to need a drink like Gatorade truly. Today, I’ll share some information about Gatorade nutrition facts.
While the ingredients, colors and flavors, have changed a bit since its inception in the 1960s, Gatorade’s Original Thirst Quencher’s nutritional components remain fairly similar. According to the brand site, a 20-ounce bottle contains:
The calories, sodium, and sugar content in Gatorade may seem high at a quick glance—and they are—but these ingredients can be useful during prolonged endurance exercise.
Ingredients Of Gatorade
Gatorade now has several different beverage lines, including the original, Flow, Frost, G Organic, Fierce, G2 (with half the sugar ingredients), and Zero (no sugar). Apart from the varying sugar content and flavor intensity, these drinks share a similar makeup of electrolytes, dyes, flavors, and other ingredients.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s in a typical bottle as well as the intended purposes of these essential ingredients:
Water, for fluid to help hydrate
Dextrose, another type of sugar added for fuel
Sugar, for fuel
Citric acid, for flavor
Sodium citrate, to improve the flavor
Salt, for electrolyte replenishment
Monopotassium phosphate, adds potassium for electrolyte replacement
Natural flavor, for flavor
Modified food starch, stabilizing agent
Food dyes, for color
Caramel color, food coloring, used in some products
Glycerol ester of rosin, stabilizing agent
One exception is the G Organic drinks certified organic and only contains seven ingredients: water, citric acid, cane sugar, natural flavor, sea salt, sodium citrate, and potassium chloride.
Benefits Of Gatorade
Both Gatorade and water will improve the body to regain fluid lost through exercise and other physical activity. However, the difference is that manufacturers add additional elements, such as electrolytes and sugar, to Gatorade and other sports drinks.
Electrolytes are the type of minerals, such as sodium and potassium, that impact a person’s muscles, nerves and brain.
When a person does exercises, they lose not only water but also electrolytes through their sweat. Because of its electrolyte content, Gatorade supports to restore the lost electrolytes and keep a person hydrated during intense activity. It can even replace electrolytes during times of sickness, such as stomach viruses.
Gatorade was produced to help serious athletes perform better on the field. There is no research shortage, primarily funded by Gatorade and other sports drinks, to support these claims.