Ingredients in Grape Gatorade: Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, blue 1
50 calories and 14g of sugar in 8oz.
Ingredients in Powerade: Water, high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin (glucose polymers), citric acid, acacia, potassium citrate. salt, potassium phosphate, natural flavors, glycerol ester of wood rosin, brominated vegetable oil, yellow 5
The ingredients above do MORE harm than good, WHY?
First, look at the first three ingredients of each drink: Sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, high fructose corn syrup. maltodextrin???? If you have read any of my past blogs you will know that even NATURAL fructose should be limited in our daily diets (they make you fat), and here you have 4 different types of sugars and fructoses as the MAIN ingredient in these sports drinks.
Second, the amount of sugar and calories in these drinks FAR out weigh the benefits of "re-hydration." In reality they might have electrolytes that help rehydrate, but the sugar is canceling out the positive effects of the electrolytes. You'd be better off drinking electrolyte enhanced water from TJ's or Whole Foods.
Third, you should avoid COLORINGS in your food and drinks at all cost and here you have three different colorings listed in the ingredients. These are artificial and should not be consumed EVER! So, just because something looks PRETTY doesn't mean its good for you!
Lastly, these are a temporary, high calorie, high sugar fix that will do nothing to give your body the REAL hydration it needs! So, why compromise your health for artificial ingredients and fake sugar???
What your body REALLY needs after a hard workout is potassium and magnesium and a little bit of natural sugar to get your body ready to get rid of the lactic acid build up! So, what has all of this and MORE????
I have looked at the ingredients of all the top coconut waters and they are all natural, but some do contain a little more sugar and calories than others. That is why I suggest VITA COCO as my #1 choice for coconut water. Although, all natural coconut water has magnesium and potassium some labels don't list these ingredients and that is very important. So, after that long run, hard workout, strenuous swim, or hard day on the field reach for a COCONUT WATER instead!
You can find this at Whole Foods or your local grocery store. The 11 oz containers range between $1.50-$2.79. The larger size sells at Whole Foods for $4.99.