I have to begin by saying, I love gatorade. It’s delicious and after a long, sweat-filled workout and it tastes amazing. It makes me feel re-energized and refreshed immediately.
There are however, a few major problems with drinking gatorade on a regular basis as a part of your workout routine. It’s insanely high in sugar.
According to Healthline.com, “A 12 oz. serving of Gatorade’s Thirst Quencher contains 21 grams of sugar. But because a regular bottle of Gatorade contains 32 oz., you’re actually getting 56 grams of sugar. While that’s still less sugar per ounce than your average soda, it’s not exactly healthy.”
It doesn’t take a certified nutritionist to know that 56 grams of sugar is WAY too much sugar. In fact, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) the maximum amount of sugar women should consume in a day is 25 grams or 6 teaspoons, which equals 100 calories. For men, it’s 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons per day, which equals 150 calories.
One 32 ounce bottle of gatorade is more than double the amount of sugar women should consume in one day. Needless to say, some homemade DIY gatorade is in order. I love this recipe because they use all natural ingredients and have created a drink that will help you recover after a long workout, without putting tons of sugar in your body. Enjoy and tell us what you think of homemade vs. store bought gatorade!