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Does Gatorade Actually Work?

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A top science journal has issued a blistering indictment of the sports drink industry.

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Cheryl B (64)
Friday August 3, 2012, 4:27 am
thanks for the info

Teresa W (782)
Friday August 3, 2012, 5:34 am
I don't know whether it works. It's just tasty.

Nancy C (806)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:15 am
I had been a pro dancer/teacher/choreographer for 40 years. In our circle we were sippers of liquid, usually water. I often wondered about the electrolyte claim of Gatorade. I met a man recently who uses Pedialyte to replace missing elements! On the sugar topic, a diabetic friend liked Gatorade for its' low sugar content.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday August 3, 2012, 8:13 am
Just as I have always thought. I have never used these products.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Friday August 3, 2012, 10:18 am
thanks for sharing cal!

Susanne R (235)
Friday August 3, 2012, 12:05 pm
I'd find it hard to believe that big business wouldn't take advantage of consumers, and in this case athletes, who want to gain the competitive edge by seducing them with ads touting the benefits of their sports drinks. These drinks do serve a purpose for some and are even helpful in some medical situations that are not sports-related. However, they are pricey.

I found a recipe for a home-made sports drink on a site called "The Consumerist: shoppers bite back!":

Sports drink recipe from "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook"
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/2 cups cold water

In a quart pitcher, dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water. Add the remaining ingredients and the cold water. The drink contains about 50 calories and 110 mg of sodium per 8 ounces, approximately the same as for most sports drinks.

I hope this is helpful to those who'd like an affordable alternative to what Coke and Pepsi have to offer!

divergent revolution (309)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:40 pm
in a word.No.
kombucha is better.
and anything full of potassium.

Diane Miller (404)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:56 pm
I thought it did work for me & even recommended it...but as Susanne says - you can probably make your own and it might taste better. I am not a big fan of the way it taste, but I do think it works.

. (0)
Friday August 3, 2012, 4:40 pm
I never use the stuff.

BETH Adams (0)
Friday August 3, 2012, 6:02 pm
Great article! Kind of makes sense that evolution doesn't require us to even know what an electrolyte is to ensure that we maintain our own good health.

Veronica C (22)
Friday August 3, 2012, 6:47 pm
It does work for dehydration. It's the only thing that kept me going for days of a stomach flu.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:19 pm
Thank you.

Bianca D (87)
Friday August 3, 2012, 10:46 pm
I think many of us drink so many different liquids, many of which are not hydrating, that we may confuse our thirst mechanism. What if the body is asking for water, and you drink a coke, a cup of iced tea or a coffee? All are strong diuretics that make you lose water by making you pee, and with that loss of liquid there is also the loss of soluble nutrients such as the B vitamins, magnesium, etc. Need potassium? Eat a banana or have some lemon or lime juice. I like the sounds of Susanne's recipe and will definitely give that a try.
Thanks Cal.

Amanda A (201)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 6:53 pm
I prefer water. Whether I'm thirsty or not, I drink it.
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