With this week’s heat around the country (and Thursday & Friday’s heat here in New England), I started thinking about the cool dessert foods and the beverages many people turn too.

Considering the latter, something just surprised me. I had always thought that Gatorade  was a problem beverage and have avoided it for years.  One of the ingredients always struck me as suspicious:

Water, sugar, table salt, carbohydrates, electrolytes (110 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 93 mg chloride), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, glucose, fructose, and sugar.

The thing that throws a flag to me is “carbohydrates.”  This is a pretty generic term that does not provide useful data about where the carbohydrates come from.  Granted, in most beverages they are just sugars, but I don’t like trusting things without more information.  Looking at what makes up the carbs in Gatorade we see that they are just basic sugars.

And checking in with PepsiCo today we see this from the website:

  • Does Gatorade contain Gluten?

    No, none of our Gatorade products contain wheat ingredients, which would be the source of wheat Gluten.

Powerade on the other hand, is definitely not GF.  So if you feel the need for some sort of sports drink, Gatorade but not Powerade.

… or, you know, you could just drink water.