Gatorade... is not in my cart.
What is Gatorade for? It replaces and rebalances electrolytes lost from exercise or illness. Electrolytes are essentially minerals our bodies need to function properly. These minerals include calcium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, sodium and phosphate. Not only do we need the minerals we need them to be in proper balance.
While I would not buy Gatorade, the problem they are trying to solve is a real issue at times. Electrolyte loss needs to be addressed. We can develop some bad health consequences when are electrolytes are not balanced.
What’s in Gatorade? From their website: “SUGAR, DEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, MONOPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM SILICATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CARAMEL COLOR, RED 40”.
The first two are sugars. Why does it need two sugars?
Citric acid is a preservative. It also gives sodas a sour taste. It comes from citrus fruit.
Sodium citrate also gives sour taste to drinks and a touch salty taste. It is also used a preservative.
Monopotassium phosphate can be used as a fertilizer. In foods it’s used a thickener, it helps regulate moisture in foods. It’s in canned and fast foods. The amount in food is usually considered safe but people with kidney issues should check with their doctors.
Calcium silicate is an anti-caking agent and also helps regulate moisture in foods. I have to admit that I am curious why there are two products that regulate moisture in a beverage.
Artificial flavoring is chemicals mixed together to taste good. If they are mixing natural flavoring in why not use all natural flavoring?
Modified food starch is another thickener. It can be used as the coating on jelly beans. Sometimes it’s from corn. If you can’t eat corn this could be a problem. If it is corn odds are it is GMO. It could also contain gluten. From my reading it appears you may not know if it’s gluten or not. For Celiacs and gluten sensitive this can cause health issues. Don’t you think you have the right to know? I do. Gluten can cause some really bad health issues for some.
According to Consumer Reports on caramel coloring, “Some types of this artificial coloring contain a potentially carcinogenic chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI).” Is visual appearance that important? I bet people would still drink Coke and Pepsi if the coloring was removed. Sure there would be an adjustment period but wouldn’t most people like the fact that a possible cancer causing ingredient had been removed from their favorite beverage? It might even increase brand loyalty.
According to Livestrong Red 40 is the “most commonly used dye in the U.S., according to Center for Science in the Public Interest. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in candy, cereal, baked goods, gelatin powder, drugs and cosmetics. Synthetically derived from petroleum. Although most of the dye you ingest is excreted from your body, Red 40 has potential for serious side effects.” It goes on to say Red 40, “may cause symptoms of hypersensitivity in some people, including swelling around the mouth, and it may also cause hives. The colorant might contain contaminants that may contribute to cancer in humans and could trigger hyperactivity in children.”
I will just mention quickly that we can’t forget about the plastic bottles. The plastic can soften and leach into the beverage. If this happens it can mess with our hormone receptors. Which means hormones are hindered from getting into the cells and doing their jobs.
I understand we need electrolyte replacements drinks on occasion, Gatorade will not be the beverage of choice in my home. So what are you options?
Coconut water but due to the high amount of potassium you need to chat with your doctor if you have kidney issues. Pickle and kraut juice would do but you may want to dilute it first. You can buy bottles of kraut juice at the grocery store now. The bottle of kraut juice I purchased was excessively salty. Maybe it as just that batch. When I drink the juice from my favorite kraut it is not salty.
If those alternatives don’t sound appealing you can purchase Vega’s Hydrator powder. Since it comes in a powder you mix it as you need it. It comes in different flavors. You can purchase it in single serve packages making it easy to travel with.
The ingredients include vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium to list a few. It also contains natural lemon and lime flavors, citric acid, malic acid, stevia extract, silicon dioxide. This is gluten free and GMO free. Vega uses organic ingredients when available. Some of the ingredients are organic just not certified due to the cost of certification. Most of the ingredients come from the US and Canada.
The flavors are natural not artificial. Malic acid is from fruits and vegetables. Malic acid adds tartness to food.
Stevia is an herb that adds sweetness to food.
Silicon dioxide is a form of silica and is used as an anti-caking agent.
Based on the ingredients I would use the Vega Hydrator. When you really look at the ingredients I don’t understand how you could select Gatorade over Vega. We are exposed to many, many chemicals every day that we can’t control. But we can control what we eat and drink. I hope you are making the healthiest food choices you can at every meal, every day. You are worth it.
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