Powerade vs Gatorade

Alright, everyone place your bets in now; this is going to be a real good race between the two contenders and I think you all will enjoy the this topic. I decided to do a topic on sports drinks (specifically Powerade and Gatorade) because these two drinks are some of the most popular among athletes and fitness professionals (when they are not consuming water),  There are many other drinks that are also fairly popular but because I like these sports drinks, I choose to talk about these two today. I don’t know if any of you have had the chance to try either one of these drinks, but basically they are fruity in nature and there is a wide variety of flavors.  For the most part they look like the above pictures but they come in different sizes and sometimes rather different containers. Once a upon a time there was a time in my life where all I would drink was powerade or gatorade because I didn’t like the taste of water and I was trying to steer myself from consuming pop. For awhile I didn’t think nothing of it because it was tasted good and I thought they were “good” for me. Come to find out, they aren’t the best resources for your body unless you need sodium to replace the sodium that has left your body during sweat, electrolytes or because you need something with sugar.   Many people do not realize the effects that come from drinking these sports drinks beyond moderation, and in the long run they start to become a reason for weight gain, sickness, high blood sugar, etc.  Today, I am going to share with you information on these two sports drinks and give you guys a closer look into the both of them so that all of you are well aware of them. Btw, I still drink these but not often. 

  • Both Gatorade and Powerade contain carbohydrates in the form of sugar (replenishing energy during or after a workout)
  • The original :”thirst quencher” Gatorade and traditional Powerade contained 21 grams of sugar per 12 fl oz. 
  • Gatorade contains sucrose (table sugar) and dextrose (simple sugar); while Powerade contains high fructose corn syrup. Supposedly high fructose corn syrup has been associated with increased abdominal fat in excessive amounts.
  • Gatorade contains 160mg of sodium and 45mg of potassium, Powerade 150mg of sodium and 35mg of potassium.  This means that Gatorade does a better job at replenishing electrolytes. Powerade has the added vitmans: B-3, B-6 and B-12 for improved energy production
  • They both offer a lower calorie drink (Gatorade being 7g of sugar and Powerade being zero grams of sugar) & Gatorade offers specialty drinks for endurance athletes
So basically it comes down to this, in my opinion I prefer Gatorade because it does a better job replenishing sodium and electrolytes, but in the end this only matters if you plan on running for very long distances or you are an athlete who does a sport that you lose a lot of sodium due to a lot of sweat. For casual athletes and or recreational athletes, this doesn’t matter as much; stick with water, so it really comes down to preference.  I like the taste of Gatorade more.  This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consume either of these, but this means we need to be careful with our intake because it can have reverse complications on our bodies and health. Don’t stop drinking these all together, just drink them when necessary or in moderation.  
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo
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