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Water or Gatorade?

Which drink proves to be more essential to athletes?

by Kelsey Rewinkel

November 02, 2006


Have you ever wondered which drink is better: Gatorade or water? Not so much in terms of taste or which you prefer drinking, but which one actually proves to be more hydrating and helpful towards athletes and their performance?

Many people think there isn’t too much of a difference between water and Gatorade and that it doesn’t really matter which one you necessarily drink. Others disagree; many side with Gatorade; the reason? Research says Gatorade is thought to re-hydrate better because of the carbohydrates in the drink. The carbohydrates aid the small intestine in absorbing water in the body. And the body absorbs water seven times faster with carbohydrates.

According to the official Gatorade web site, there are four ways in which Gatorade helps improve athletic performance and keeps our bodies functioning normally under harder conditions. First, several of its ingredients stimulate rapid fluid absorption. Secondly, it assures faster re-hydration and helps us to prevent dehydration. Third, the carbohydrates in Gatorade provide energy to working muscles. And then, it also encourages you to drink more fluid.

Research has confirmed that for the most part, the claims made by companies such as Gatorade about their effectiveness of their sports drinks are true. It’s also important to note that they may not be essential every time you work out and in some cases water may work just as well. But research has shown that for athletes in sports, Gatorade is very effective in preventing dehydration and, unlike water, can provide energy to working muscles, and also help re-hydrate and prevent dehydration.

Water or Gatorade?

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