Whether you participate in sports or simply exercise for recreation, you are familiar with sports drinks. Sports drinks provide energy for activity and ensure proper hydration. Athletes use them during activity to enhance performance. Gatorade is one of the most popular sports drinks on the market, consumed by many. Although Gatorade reformulates its beverages from time to time, some of the ingredients remain the same.
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Filtered water is simply water that has been passed through a filtering system to remove impurities.
Brominated Vegetable Oil
BMV or brominated vegetable oil is added to certain beverages that contain citrus oils. BMV helps prevent the oils from rising to the surface. It also ensures the stability of the flavor mixture. It is derived from soybean.
Some sugar free varieties of Gatorade contain sucralose, a non-calorie artificial sweetener. Sucralose is added simply to enhance flavor and provide sweetness. Sucralose is sold as Splenda.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
The high fructose corn syrup in Gatorade is a combination of two to three carbohydrates. The high fructose corn syrup contributes glucose, sucrose and fructose to the sports drink. Each is added according to results of scientific data to ensure fluid absorption, energy delivery and desirable taste.
Citric acid is added for flavor and to act as a preservative.
Natural and artificial flavors are added to enhance the flavor that cannot be supplied if fruit juice or certain spices were to be used.
Salt, also known as potassium chloride, is used to enhance taste. It is present in Gatorade to help regulate fluid balance in the body.
Sodium citrate is added to Gatorade to enhance flavor and maintain the stability of active ingredients.
Monopotassium phosphate is added as a source of phosphate and has been approved by the FDA as a heart healthy food.
Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin
Glycerol ester of wood rosin is used in products that contain citric oils. It prevents the oils from floating to the surface of beverages. It is harvested from the stumps of pine and purified to beverage grade gum. The National Institute of Public Health has declared glycerol ester of wood rosin safe for human consumption.
Artificial colors are listed in the ingredients as various dyes or a color with a number. According to Gatorade.com, the colors in Gatorade are present to help consumers differentiate the different flavors. Colors and dyes used in Gatorade are suitable for human consumption as directed by the FDA. The least amount of dye is used to achieve the desired color.