Gatorade vs. Coconut Water
Gatorade advertises their product as an electrolyte beverage that contains sodium, potassium and chloride. They claim that it is scientifically formulated to replace the electrolytes lost in sweat and that it “delivers performance-enhancing energy to active muscles.” They even state that it is safe for babies once weaned.
The different flavors of Gatorade contain different ingredients. Let’s just take a look at Gatorade Lemon-Lime Thirst Quencher…
Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup (Glucose-Fructose Syrup) Sucrose Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Modified Food Starch, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Yellow 5.
Gatorade is primarily sugar! And worst of all, most of the sugar is high fructose corn syrup, one of the unhealthiest sweeteners. Citric acid and natural flavors are possible hidden sources of MSG. The electrolytes they rave about are from a little bit of salt, sodium citrate and monopotassium phosphate. Then they add some food additives and artificial coloring (derived from petroleum) that you won’t find in your kitchen pantry. The modified food starch is most likely from corn and it is highly probable that it is genetically engineered or GMO.
Gatorade is a chemical cocktail, not a healthy food … not for athletes and absolutely not for babies or children.
Coconut water, on the other hand is a real food. It is the liquid on the inside of a fresh coconut. Now, it may be a bit of an inconvenience to buy a fresh coconut every time you want coconut water. You can buy organic coconut water that is 100% coconut water, with no additives or preservatives … be sure to read the ingredients because there are some brands that do contain added sugar and preservatives.
However, if you buy 100% organic pure coconut water, it is a much better beverage to rehydrate the body than any of the chemical sports beverages on the market. In fact the health benefits of coconut water are so numerous, that I’m going to let you read them here.
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