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Powerade VS. Gatorade, How To Hydrate Your Body

August 1, 2014
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Powerade VS. Gatorade

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Water is one of the best things for you and we need it to survive because it keeps you hydrated. There are also other drinks that help you hydrate your body by giving you electrolytes and nutrients lost in sweat like Gatorade and Powerade. The question is which one is better for you.  Many  who participate in sports will drink both during games, at practice, or at a camp. The best thing about both of them is that they are beneficial and they both taste good. There are also many flavors to try! But the question remains, which one works better?

Which One Will Hydrate Your Body Better?

People may think that Gatorade is better because it has more flavors that are delicious from cucumber lime to fierce melon. But is that the only reason why it’s good? Gatorade started in 1965 at the University of Florida (home of the gators). Gatorade is used to fight dehydration and is a mix of water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes; all of those together are very effective with handling dehydration. Your body starts to cramp when you do not have enough potassium but drinks like Gatorade and orange juice have potassium which will help you avoid those extremely painful cramps. Gatorade also has different types of drinks for different situations; some of them are for before you play, while you play, and after you play there are also energy chews. Gatorade also gives you the opportunity to have it where ever you have water because they sell Gatorade powder in which you can make your own Gatorade just by mixing it with water.

Gatorade or Powerade

Gatorade is not the only sports drink out there that tastes good and is good for you Powerade is Gatorade’s prime competition. People may prefer Powerade because it has Vitamins in it (B-3, B-6, and B-12) and it tastes good. Aside from giving you carbs, electrolytes and water, Powerade also provides you with vitamins like B-3, B-6, and B-12. Based off of a 2,000calorie diet per day, Powerade provides ten percent of your daily value of vitamins. Vitamin B-3 is associated converting food into energy and digestion, Vitamin B-6 is associated with the production of red blood cells, which adds oxygen to the blood stream, and Vitamin B-12 maintains the blood cell count. Also Powerade also offers a zero calorie version which is good for people who do not want such sugary drinks. Powerade is great because it contains these vitamins and that may be why it is so popular among athletes.

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So which one is better?

So now it is time to decide which one overall is better for you, Gatorade or Powerade? Gatorade’s best features are all the different flavors they have, and all the different forms they have. Powerade’s best features are they have vitamins and minerals (B-3, B-6, and B-12), and it has a zero calorie form. Because Gatorade and Powerade are so similar, the best way to see which one is better for you is to do it based off of nutritional facts. For carbs, Gatorade uses sucrose, and dextrose which are two simple sugars and Powerade uses high fructose corn syrup which is associated with certain health issues. For electrolytes, Gatorade has more potassium and sodium which is necessary for athletes but Powerade also features vitamins. Powerade and Gatorade are both great sports drinks but if you are doing marathon level distances or high level intensity activities then Gatorade is the better choice. Gatorade also has a lot more flavors than Powerade!

Which do you prefer to drink to hydrate yourself or your kids? Have you had a better experience with one over the other? Please share in your comments and let us know your favorite flavors!

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2 Comments

  • Reply #haterade February 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Gatorade unite!

  • Reply Edward Lee June 23, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I drink a lot of gatorade and powerade and still catch cramps. Why?

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