Is Gatorade Bad for You?
Gatorade is one of the most popular sports drinks in the world. It was created by a man named Johnnie Walker. According to Wikipedia, it’s inventor “was inspired by his experience with water while swimming at sea.” The product started out as a simple soda pop and later became a beverage made from fruit juices and other natural sources such as coconut water or even tapioca starch.
The first commercial version of the product was launched in 1982. Today, there are over 200 different flavors available. There are also several varieties of the product that contain no sugar and caffeine.
In fact, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, nearly 90% of consumers believe that drinking too much sugary soft drinks is bad for them.
So why do so many people love the stuff?
It turns out that people have been drinking these drinks for years without any ill effects. That’s because they’re not really sodas; they’re simply flavored waters. They don’t actually contain any alcohol, but rather a combination of carbonated water and artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and sucralose (Splenda). These substances are known to cause health problems if consumed in large amounts.
However, the amounts found in most carbonated soft drinks do not cause any health risks. That’s because there is a limit to how much of these substances our bodies can handle. There is no such thing as “too much” carbonated water or artificial sweeteners.
The same cannot be said for people who suffer from diabetes. Both dieters and people with this disease must be very careful when drinking any sugary soft drinks, especially diet versions. Carbs are the enemy when you have diabetes.
But what about people who do not have this disease and athletes who rely on carbs for energy?
This is where Gatorade comes into play.
Gatorade is the most popular brand of sports drink thanks to its many different varieties and flavors. The basic purpose of these drinks is replenish lost electrolytes through the consumption of glucose, or simple sugars.
These drinks became popular with athletes in the 1960s when a University of Florida football coach named “Bud” Winter developed a mixture of water, sodium, sugar and other nutrients to provide relief to his players. In 1967, a man named Robert Cade developed the first sports drink at the University of Florida. This drink is known as Gatorade. The rest is history.
However, Gatorade is not the only sports drink available on the market today. There are many different companies that manufacture their own versions of these drinks. Powerade, EnduroxR4 and even vitamin water can be considered sports drinks.
These drinks have a similar purpose to gatorade; replenish lost fluids, sugars and electrolytes. However, all these drinks provide different benefits depending on your situation or your personal taste.
Gatorade was the original sports drink, but it certainly isn’t the best one available on the market today.
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