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Gatorade Protein Recovery Shake Ingredients

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William Peterman is a registered nurse with experience in mental health, surgery, urology, drug research and critical care. Peterman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and also has a Master of Business Administration. His articles on health and nutrition have appeared on various online publications.
Gatorade Protein Recovery Shake Ingredients
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Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes come in 11-oz. cans, which are part of the Gatorade Performance Series drinks. One can has 270 calories, is low in fat, high in carbohydrates and is composed of several ingredients.

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Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes contain water, which helps your body function normally.


Sugar or sucrose naturally occurs in fruit, sugarcane and sugar beets, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). It is an ingredient in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes and is used as a sweetener and energy supply.

Milk Protein Isolate

Milk protein isolate or whey protein is an ingredient in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes. It is the protein contained in whey and an excellent source of protein, according to the Whey Protein Institute.


Maltodextrin is made from starch and is easily digested and absorbed by the body, according to CSPI. It is an ingredient found in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes.

Canola Oil

Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes contain canola oil, which is derived from an engineered plant developed in Canada, according to Canola oil is low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat and has beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

Cellulose Gum

Cellulose gum, or sodium carboxymethyl, is a thickening and stabilizing agent found in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes. It prevents sugar from crystallizing and is commonly found in ice cream, icings, diet foods, candy, pie fillings and beer, according to CSPI.

Artificial Flavor

Gatorade lists artificial flavor as an ingredient in their Gatorade Protein Shakes, but does not state what the artificial flavor is made from.

Dipotassium Phosphate

Dipotassium phosphate is an ingredient in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes and is a food additive used as a nutrient in powdered materials and is frequently used in coffee creamer substitutes as a stabilizer and in body building drinks, according to

Mono and Diglycerides

Mono and diglycerides are emulsifiers found in margarines, baked goods, peanut butter and candy and are also ingredients found in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes. Mono and diglycerides improves stability of margarine and prevents oil in peanut butter from separating, according to CSPI.


Salt is used as a flavoring and preservative in foods and is an ingredient in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes. According to CSPI, salt is used liberally in processed foods and in restaurant meals and a diet high in sodium can increase blood pressure in some people, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.


Carrageenan is an artificial ingredient used in Gatorade Protein Recovery Shakes. It is a thickening, stabilizing and gelling agent used commonly in ice cream, jelly, chocolate milk, cottage cheese and infant formula, according to the CSPI. It is obtained from seaweed and is part of a family of indigestible molecules and small amounts in foods are safe.

Red 3

Red 3 is an artificial coloring found in the strawberry flavored Gatorade Protein Recovery Shake. According to Gatorade, by adding artificial coloring it helps to tell the different flavors apart and only the lowest possible amount is added to achieve the desired color.

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