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Gatorade vs Powerade: What’s the difference?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Gatorade vs Powerade: What’s the difference? Gatorade and Powerade are some of the most popular sports drinks on the market. Many professional athletes endorse these drinks in national TV marketing ads.

And so, when you have an athlete swear up and down in marketing ads that this sports drink helps them with replenishing electrolytes and recovery many people all over the world will believe that. But the question does the science say that it is a great recovery drink? And does the science say that these sports drinks are healthy for your body?

Gatorade vs Powerade: What’s the difference? Photo credit: iStock-lovleah

The common ingredients for Powerade and Gatorade is that it has sugar, citric acid, and salt. Powerade contains high fructose corn syrup. And Gatorade contains dextrose which is similar to a type of sugar.

According to various different studies high fructose corn syrup and sugar have similar negative effects on insulin levels and high obesity risk.

This is the Nutrition Facts of Powerade vs Gatorade.

Gatorade vs Powerade: What’s the difference? Photo credit: istock- bmcent1

Powerade

Calories- 130

Carbs- 35

Protein- 0 grams

Fat- 0 grams

Sugar- 34 grams

Sodium- 10% of the Daily Value

Potassium- 2% of the Daily Value

Magnesium- 1% of the Daily Value

Niacin 25% of the Daily Value

Vitamin B6- 25% of the Daily Value

Vitamin B12- 25% of the Daily Value

Gatorade

Calories- 140

Carbs- 36 grams

Protein- 0 grams

Fat- 0 grams

Sugar- 34 grams

Sodium- 11% of the Daily Value

Potassium- 2% of the Daily Value

Some of the similarities and difference are the following. They both have no fat or protein. Gatorade has about 10 more calories and more sodium than Powerade. Powerade has more micronutrients than Gatorade such as magnesium, niacin, vitamin b-6 and vitamin b-12.

In terms of tastes differences some people claim that Powerade is a much a sweeter tasting drink. And that may be because Powerade has high fructose corn syrup. And studies have shown that high fructose corn syrup is sweeter than dextrose which is used in Gatorade.

Also, another factor Powerade is sweeter than Gatorade it is has more added vitamins.

The reason why sports drinks are so popular is because of its ability to rehydrate your body, restore carbs and electrolytes after a high amount of physical activity. There are some studies that have shown that Powerade and Gatorade can help athletic performance in prolonged athletic exercises such as cycling, running and triathlons compared to a placebo group. It needs to be stated that these studies were done on athletes’ not every day average people.  There really isn’t any evidence that shows that one drink is better than the other when it comes to performance.

“The reason why sports drinks are so popular is because of its ability to rehydrate your body, restore carbs and electrolytes after a high amount of physical activity.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is Powerade, and Gatorade are some of the most popular sports drinks on the market. Powerade has more vitamins and micronutrients, but the health aspects of both are limited because of the added high sugar content.

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