Gatorade .. Good or Bad, You decide

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-07-10 08:26:18 -0500
Started 2010-07-06 09:57:47 -0500

With a severe heat advisory in effect,
diabetics should consume as much fluid as possible to prevent from becoming dehydrated.

Are you a drinker of Gatorade ?

Have you noticed the nutritional facts label on a container of Gatorade Sports Drink ?
The various flavors and types of Gatorade have different specs pertaining to Carbs, Calories and Sodium:

So for those who are following label information, be informed that all types of Gatorade aren't created equal.


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MAYS 2010-07-10 08:26:18 -0500 Report

Note (*)

If you sometimes choose to drink something other than water to add variety, know that sports drinks contain about 15-20 grams of sugar and 50-70 calories per 8-ounce serving. The other problem is that the drink’s sugar is often in the form of fructose corn syrup, which is an especially difficult form of sugar for your body to metabolize.

Take the time to read labels and compare ingredients, sugar and carbohydrate amounts before choosing these products. And always check your blood sugar levels before and after exercise to make sure they fit into your plan for that day.

Listed below are some sports drinks and the grams of sugar and calories for each:

Allsport, 8 ounces: 70 calories, 19 g sugar
Powerade, 8 ounces: 70 calories, 15 g sugar
Gatorade, 8 ounces: 50 calories, 14 g sugar


monkeymama 2010-07-06 10:07:00 -0500 Report

I use Powerade Zero! It has become a staple in my house. Especially if one of us is ill. To me, there is no taste difference either and they have GREAT flavors out there. If not this, I am using propel, Crystal Light Fitness, and purified water. Good to know this though. Since I am going grocery shopping today. Along with the fact, I am getting to an exercise twit.

MAYS 2010-07-06 12:40:45 -0500 Report

Fluids containing elecrolytes are essential when one is ill and unable to consume a nutritious, well balanced meal or when you are losing large amounts of fluids.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-06 16:55:27 -0500 Report

I just added Powerade Zero to my keep on hand just in case sick/surgery list of fluids. Thank you for the info. Was just getting ready to read all the labels at the store. Even with flu shots during flu season I've been hit bad the last several years.

Thomas508 2010-07-06 12:54:56 -0500 Report

I am the vice president at the rec. center/ ball park where I coach my son's baseball teams and we only sell Coke products so I would drink a Powerade and I found it would raise my BG numbers, so I tried the Powerade Zero when I saw it was made with Splenda (I can't take NutraSweet) and it was great with no rise in my numbers at all. Love the Blue Powerade Zero! : )

petals 2010-07-06 13:50:56 -0500 Report

I didn't know that Powerade had one with splenda in it, thanks. I can't handle nutrasweet either.

Thomas508 2010-07-06 14:47:11 -0500 Report

Yes, the Powerade Zero is but I don't think it says Splenda on the bottle you just read the ingredients and it has Sucralose (Splenda) instead of Aspartame (NutraSweet)

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