The Gatorade Deception: Why Gatorade isn’t Healthy
The other day my niece was working with me painting one of my apartments, and I noticed that she drank Gatorade in great quantities all day long. All told I think she drank 3 32-oz. bottles in a 3-hour period. So, I asked her why she drank so much Gatorade…and was surprised by her answer.
She said, “It’s a healthy drink. It’s got electrolytes and potassium in it and sports champions drink it, so it has to be healthy.” She also said she always makes sure to drink a lot of Gatorade whenever she’s working out or sweating a lot.
The reason this surprised me was how certain she was that this was a healthy drink! According to the bottle itself it had very little nutritional value, including almost no potassium. The advertising is obviously very good. People are willingly paying about $2.00 per bottle for pure flavored junk.
The store-keeper at the local “quick-shop” said he runs out of Gatorade all the time. He has “Power-Aid” in stock, but not Gatorade. I, not being educated in the differences between the two drinks, asked my niece if Power-Aid was as good to drink as Gatorade…and she said it was almost equal. It’s interesting that Gatorade always sells out.
Anyway, when we got home my niece had a little Gatorade left in her bottle. I asked her if I could test it to see how acid it was. I was assuming it was around as acidic as Kool-aid [which is around a 4 pH]. I was truly shocked to see that Gatorade [supposedly a HEALTH DRINK] tested out at a 2.7 pH. That is extremely acidic and definitely an UNHEALTHY drink. Here’s the video:
Athletes who are fooled into drinking this as a power drink are going to end up with arthritis, heart disease, allergies, colds, cancer and many other diseases if they drink this like water [i.e., as much as my niece does…or I should say, “did”. My niece is going to cut down on Gatorade now that she knows how acidic it is.]
For athletes who really want a healthy drink full of electrolytes… mix up some fresh lemonade [use real lemons and ionized water]. Then go out and test your own performance. I guarantee you will see just as good a burst of power as you get with Gatorade [or better]…but the difference is that you won’t be risking your health with your “power-drink”. Plus it will be a heck of a lot cheaper.
Cathleen was a teacher/principal for 24 years and has been drinking ionized water for about 20 years. She created Alkaline Water Plus to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.
"The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER!" Cathleen LoGrasso, Owner/CEO Alkaline Water Plus
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