How good is Gatorade for you?

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    Mar 06, 2013 4:43 AM GMT
    Well?

    I could just as easily Google this, but I wanna hear from you bitches. How good is Gatorade for you if you drink it daily? I tried living off water everyday but that just ain't happening. I don't drink soda so I figured taking Gatorade to work with me errday would suffice as a tasty somewhat healthy beverage. Am I wrong?
  • Fable

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    Mar 06, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    wrong.
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    Mar 06, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    Vitamin Water. It's got vitamins and stuffs.
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    Mar 06, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    Haha, I've read a lot of mixed info about Gatorade and am not sure what to believe. Then again, I'm not a nutritionist, so what do I really know?

    I personally don't care for Gatorade or any kind of sports drink. They taste so mediocre like fruit juice that has been heavily diluted. Plain water works just fine for me; and it's free! Like hell I'm going to spend extra $$ and schlep those bottles up three flights of stairs icon_confused.gif
  • Fable

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    Mar 06, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    xrichx saidVitamin Water. It's got vitamins and stuffs.



    and shit loads of bad stuffs.
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    Mar 06, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidVitamin Water. It's got vitamins and stuffs.


    And 30+ grams of sugar.
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    Mar 06, 2013 4:56 AM GMT
    I still can't believe people sued Vitamin Water because they thought it was a suitable substitute for actual food/nutrition. icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    Anyways, Gatorade and the like are ok once in a while. I would not drink it as a replacement for actual water. Read the ingredients. There's freakin vegetable oil in there. wth?
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    Mar 06, 2013 7:08 AM GMT
    Gatorade and Vitamin Water are terrible. If you want something as a "sports drink", have some coconut water.
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    Mar 06, 2013 7:15 AM GMT
    It's not really for constant daily use. I only use stuff like gatorade if actually working out in the sun and sweating buckets all day. And I usually dilute it to half-strength or less, or use a different brand that has no sugar (e.g. "electromix")

    If good old water isn't doing it for you, try getting yourself a bag of lemons and squeeze a slice into each glass to give it just a bit of tang and flavor. It's the only way I could get my parents to drink water icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 06, 2013 7:16 AM GMT
    Glorified Hi-C.
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    Mar 06, 2013 7:17 AM GMT
    staticpulse saidGatorade and Vitamin Water are terrible. If you want something as a "sports drink", have some coconut water.


    coconut water is better choice. Gatorade and vitamin water are stupid artificial drinks hyped by big advertising budgets. Spring water is best most of the time, and challated magnesium and potassium are good if doing heavy lifting.
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    Mar 06, 2013 7:39 AM GMT
    I like gatorade
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    Mar 06, 2013 7:46 AM GMT
    Never liked the stuff. It's misleading. So bright and colorful. Comes in so many cool colors. And what the hell, its not even satisfying to drink and not sweet enough at all! But if you're all about low amounts of vitamins and no taste, well then its fogivable.
  • FitAquarian

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    Mar 06, 2013 8:28 AM GMT
    I generally try to stay away from that much sugar in one serving.
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    Mar 06, 2013 8:38 AM GMT
    Gatorade probably has more sugar than you want to consume. If you're really set on drinking it, try drinking the G2 version instead, which is lower calorie.

    Coconut water is good for you, but I hated the taste.

    Try other healthier options like iced tea (you can make your own) or water with a little lemon added to it.

    Something like Crystal Light might be a decent low calorie alternative too.
  • wild_sky360

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    Mar 06, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
    If it's tap water you tired of, I might understand. But adequate, pure, filtered water reduces hunger and fatigue, clears your mind, reduces pain and inflammation, and is essential for nearly all your body's functions.

    There is absolutely no substitute. In fact, most popular substitutes ie. coffee, sodas, sports drinks, juices, milk, all actually increase your demand for even more pure water to compensate.

    I'm not suggesting you shouldn't consume any of those beverages, for a purpose or just enjoyment. But they do not count toward your recommended water intake, and in fact increase it.
  • nic_m3

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    Mar 06, 2013 10:19 AM GMT
    It's not good for you at all end of story. Any benefit it might have is completely cancelled out and them some by all of the chemicals inside of it.

    A year ago I couldn't stand water. Not just didn't like it but wouldn't even go near a glass. Last spring as I started to try and have a healthier diet I started to force myself to drink it. By the summer I could tolerate it but still wasn't my drink of choice. By the fall I was craving it. I now drink about 150-200oz a day. A majority of that during my workout.

    It's one of the easiest and cheapest changes you can make that will help gain muscle and just overall make you healthier.

    Add lemon, chug it, a teaspoon of sugar whatever you have to do just start doing it and your body will get use to it soon enough.
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    Mar 06, 2013 11:04 AM GMT
    If you're running for a marathon (or training for one), then drinking Gatorade is fine. But apparently sports and energy (Redbull/Amp) drinks can weaken the enamel if you drink them daily.

    If you don't like the taste of fresh, cold water (even with a lemon/lime wedge), then coconut water( as others suggested) really is the way to go. But water really isn't that bad. Just chug a couple glasses throughout the day, so you remain hydrated. Don't think about the taste. You can buy a Brita water bottle which has the water filter inside...so there really isn't an excuse.
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    Mar 06, 2013 11:15 AM GMT
    I don't drink soda or "sports" drinks either. Coconut water by far is superior to anything on the market. On average I drink a gallon of regular water and a gallon of coconut water a day.
    Whole Foods sells the coconut water in a great 1 liter size. So it's easy to buy a month's or two supply at one time. icon_cool.gif
    Once you try it, you'll be hooked! icon_wink.gif

    Tristan
  • cyberwrassler

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    Mar 06, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    I didn't read all the posts..but FYI - and I used to have a gatorade after every work out. and my dental visits revealed a severe weakening in the enamel of my teeth. If you don't brush or gargle very soon after drinking it, it is my opinion that gatorade destroys your teeth enamel and does not help with sensitivity either. There are even some reports out on this if you search it on the web. I would keep this in mind if you use it daily.
  • calibro

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    Mar 06, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidGlorified Hi-C.


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    Mar 06, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    calibro said
    Ariodante saidGlorified Hi-C.


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    Ectocooler!
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    Mar 06, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    Sobe Lifewater is where it's at. Love the stuff.
  • Medjai

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    Mar 06, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    staticpulse saidGatorade and Vitamin Water are terrible. If you want something as a "sports drink", have some coconut water.

    +1 on that....coconut water is amazing. High in potassium, low in sugar, perfectly quenching.


    You do know that potassium is a delicate balance in the body, right? Too much or too little leads to heart failure, and the body will absorb everything...

    OP, I've been living off Cryst al Light for a while now for this reason. It's not ideal because sugar free sweeteners, dyes, and artificial flavours are not desirable, but it gets me drinking my daily intake. The pros outweigh the cons in this case.

    Gatorqde is mostly sugar. I suppose you could drink G2 instead, since its artificially sweetened, but that's crazy expensive... Is a sports drink for a reason.
  • HottJoe

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    Mar 06, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    Just take a shot of tequila before you hit the gym!!