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    Default Powerade / Gaterade

    Is this stuff really good/ok for you?

    This question has been on my mind since I was out doing Parkour with buddies of mine, went to the local CVS and I was going to get a powerade to change it up. ( Have only been drinking water pretty much for over a year, nothing else. ) Then before we checked out I was looking at the nutritional facts and it said it had 17g of sugar in it. I put it back, and got a jug of water instead.

    I'm just curious, since it's advertised a lot for being great for athletes and what-not. If it's not good, then I'll just continue to drink water.
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    It is high in sugar. gatorade has a new line with lower sugar. if you just want somethign differrent then there is alot worse you could do then gatorade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myca View Post
    Is this stuff really good/ok for you?

    This question has been on my mind since I was out doing Parkour with buddies of mine, went to the local CVS and I was going to get a powerade to change it up. ( Have only been drinking water pretty much for over a year, nothing else. ) Then before we checked out I was looking at the nutritional facts and it said it had 17g of sugar in it. I put it back, and got a jug of water instead.

    I'm just curious, since it's advertised a lot for being great for athletes and what-not. If it's not good, then I'll just continue to drink water.
    Those carbohydrates are not a bad choice. They're quite a good choice under certain situations. Such as you recovering from your parkour, it would have been an excellent choice, even during your parkour, not just afterwards. Not only will these carbohydrate/"sport" drinks give you quick energy, most of them also contain electrolytes which are vital for recovery/exercise performance. It's usually 17g of sugars times 4 servings or however many, if you look at the listed serving size. So at 40-50g carbohydrates it would still be an excellent choice. Good energy source on the go.

    Drinking it as a replacement for water is no great. Drinking it as a substitute is. For instance when I was younger and everyone drank soda then we moved on to Gatorade because it was "less-bad" for you. Never did we ever consider a full on switch to water!
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    When I feel like a gatorade I will only grab the G2 (the low cal version) Just too much sugar in it. If I'm going to go down that road I will just buy a regular soda. Very few people work thier bodies hard enough to require the amount of sugar that they put in it.
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    Powerade Zero if your worried about sugar

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper View Post
    Powerade Zero if your worried about sugar
    Powerade Zero is loaded with sucralose which is no good. The lesser of two evils would be the sugar in Gatorade but honestly unless you're training/doing cardio for hours on end you're not going to deplete all the electrolytes in your body. I vote for water!

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    Well usually my sessions of PK are around 2 - 3 hours, but sometimes we can go for about 5 - 6 hours. ( depending where we're training, and what we're working on. )
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    Powerade/gatorade is really good for you...

    ... if you're a marathon runner. That's about it.

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    drop the powerades and gatorades and all their clones.

    spend some bucks on BCAA's.
    you can even find some with carbs from things like dextrose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myca View Post
    Is this stuff really good/ok for you?

    This question has been on my mind since I was out doing Parkour with buddies of mine, went to the local CVS and I was going to get a powerade to change it up. ( Have only been drinking water pretty much for over a year, nothing else. ) Then before we checked out I was looking at the nutritional facts and it said it had 17g of sugar in it. I put it back, and got a jug of water instead.

    I'm just curious, since it's advertised a lot for being great for athletes and what-not. If it's not good, then I'll just continue to drink water.
    Gatorade provides not only glucose (30 grams) to resynthesize lost glycogen but importantly it also contain electrolytes, Sodium 0.25g, Potassium 60mg, Chloride 235mg, and Magnesium 25mg, per 500ml. It is sold as a re-hydration drink for athletes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Gatorade provides not only glucose (30 grams) to resynthesize lost glycogen but importantly it also contain electrolytes, Sodium 0.25g, Potassium 60mg, Chloride 235mg, and Magnesium 25mg, per 500ml. It is sold as a re-hydration drink for athletes
    do you work for the pepsi-cola company doug? wow.
    its also pretty useless unless your an endurance athlete.
    a BCAA drink is so much better and more useful for someone who is lifting weights and trying to protect lean body mass.

    also...they have this awesome brand new rehydration drink...it just came out. its called!!!
























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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanCT View Post
    do you work for the pepsi-cola company doug? wow.
    past few posts Ive read you seem to have made it a point to troll Doug. He provided reasonable information.

    Why not drop the trolling and just provide your info/opinion?

    the OP is also doing Parkour, which is more like endurance/HIIT training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madjinx View Post
    past few posts Ive read you seem to have made it a point to troll Doug. He provided reasonable information.

    Why not drop the trolling and just provide your info/opinion?

    the OP is also doing Parkour, which is more like endurance/HIIT training.
    i did notice the parkour and i do know what it is.
    i also do know at least one triathlete who uses BCAA's over gatorade/powerade type drinks, so my statement is still valid.

    speaking of trolling...maybe you should take your own advice?
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    for hydration I stick to Smart Water... good electolytes and none of that other bad stuff. I completely stay away from gatorade and powerade... but thats just my preference
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    I just drink water and add BCAA's.
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    Didn't think about the BCAA addition, but from someone who has worked in the Texas heat, sometimes water just is not enough no matter how much you drink. There are ingredients in gatorade that help you rehydrate, there might be better options but gatorade does help for those who are dehydrated
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    Water with electrolytes was pretty necessary working construction in summer heat in the south, just water would lead to a lot of cramping and a general feeling of unwellness. We actually had gatorade syrup that we would just mix with water, worked pretty well.

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    Default it depends..

    From what i understand, Gatorade and other sports drinks are similar in formula to oral rehydration salts (ORS) which is given to people who are losing a lot of salt and water, ie. gastro-intestinal problems leading to diarrhea, and/or sweating a lot. Water on its own is not enough; the massive loss of salts need immediate replacing (because without them you cannot retain water!), and the sugar is required for the active transportation of the sodium molecules (usually in both situations your blood sugar tends to be low).

    The necessity to drink ORS or a sports drink depends on how much salt and water you're losing.
    eg. 100-115F + 10% humidity + any physical activity no matter how demanding = a significant loss of salt and water, and its gotta come from somewhere.

    If you're also sweating profusely from whatever physical activity you are performing, regardless of climate, and do not replenish the salts soon enough, it leads to chemical imbalances and dehydration (from less to more severe). Most people get enough through their diet and don't lose it fast enough to require a speedy supplement, but the example I gave above, and this one:

    Quote Originally Posted by beatdiabetes View Post
    Water with electrolytes was pretty necessary working construction in summer heat in the south, just water would lead to a lot of cramping and a general feeling of unwellness. We actually had gatorade syrup that we would just mix with water, worked pretty well.
    are good cases where water alone did not suffice for healthy rehydration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanCT View Post
    do you work for the pepsi-cola company doug? wow.
    its also pretty useless unless your an endurance athlete.
    a BCAA drink is so much better and more useful for someone who is lifting weights and trying to protect lean body mass.

    also...they have this awesome brand new rehydration drink...it just came out. its called water.
    Wish I did work for pepsi cola

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    Whilst drinking lots of plain water can actually dilute electrolytes, not drinking enough can cause electrolyte concentration. Both conditions are not recommended for any athlete involved in endurance or strength training

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatdiabetes View Post
    Water with electrolytes was pretty necessary working construction in summer heat in the south, just water would lead to a lot of cramping and a general feeling of unwellness. We actually had gatorade syrup that we would just mix with water, worked pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaPeach View Post
    AKA... Smartwater... yall really should try it!
    They would be.... Dumb... not to.....


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    seriously, Gatorade is a decent drink, if you are that paranoid about it, don't drink it.

    I drink G2 usually on legs day, really helps me not get so sore later on during the day

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    ^^ Agreed... Gatorade isnt terrible but it's not the absolute best. It's definitely a personal preference whether to drink it or not... wont kill ya either way
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    Do you feel any Smarter after drinking Smart Water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post
    Do you feel any Smarter after drinking Smart Water?
    well i'm naturally pretty smart... so any increase would be hardly noticeable... just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaPeach View Post
    well i'm naturally pretty smart... so any increase would be hardly noticeable... just sayin
    True dat! Eat some Smarties next time your drinking your Smart Water and see if you can solve the Rubik's cube!

 

 

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