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Thoughts on Gatorade?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I workout hard and I like to NOT be skin/bones and a bit of lean muscle. This means I just cant get enough calories from meat and fat and I need some carbs (in all likelihood, MAYBE it is true that you just don't need carbs and that they are counterproductive).

So, that being said, I don't want fruit (fructose, simply don't like it, etc). Potatoes are ok but require some work and give my stomach some trouble and a bit of an insulin spike. Rice is pathetic, and obv no grains.

What about gatorade as a way to get some glucose during or before the workout? Maybe 30-40 grams worth of carb from it per workout day. It is all sugar but as I understand not the terrible sugar like soda or the fructose of fruit. Its sucrose.

Ef27a2d75781749b6a3f5bda9a4d33a9

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Harmless Harvest Coconut Water blows away any other packaged coconut water I have had. It has that flavor of coconut water that just disappears in all the other canned or bottled kinds, which means fewer nutrients are getting destroyed. I've only seen it at Whole Foods and it's decidedly more expensive than just buying a coconut and opening it.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on October 17, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Edit - I'm off of low carb, but eat potatoes nowadays right after a strength workout. I still keep under 100g of carbs a day, oddly enough. It has helped me put on another 5 pounds of muscle...sorta. It's probably not actual hypertrophy but it's weight in the muscle tissue. It have also improved my athletic performance which is my main goal anyway. My five K time dropped from 27 minutes to 25 minutes 22 seconds...I can finish a twelve mile run in less than 2 hours. Root vegetables are still > than gatorade.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on September 08, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Taste Nirvana > Amy and Brian > Vita Coco > others, IMO.

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on September 08, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I was just thinking that it may help someone put on weight by filling up muscles with water weight the same way as high-carb meals. However someone may also be putting on fat as well by taking in a lot of sugar. Mass gain may have been the wrong word. Maybe weight gain.

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on September 07, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I think this has been addressed pretty well on coconut water. http://paleohacks.com/questions/715/zico-coconut-water#axzz1XJAX9wbi

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on September 07, 2011
at 09:37 PM

Damn near everything in biochemistry occurs lickety-split....

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on September 07, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I like Vitacoco, and while no pre-packaged drink is going to be close to the real thing, it's a lot better than drinking sugar water that will rot your teeth ;) I've heard the Naked brand is good but haven't seen any around.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on September 07, 2011
at 07:26 PM

But is there a brand worth a damn? The couple we've tried were anything but the real thing, and the real thing isn't practical for most people.

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

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on September 07, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Just curious why Gatorade would work for mass gain?

215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on September 07, 2011
at 06:54 PM

+1 Yes, I love coconut water!

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Those bonds are cleaved lickity split.

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Sucrose is half fructose, half glucose.

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:01 PM

and the artificial colour....yummy

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Just drink coconut water.

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0021-75572006000500014&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en

Research by Kuberski6 identified the sugars contained in coconut water, detecting glucose, sucrose and fructose in the proportion of approximately 50, 35 and 15%, respectively, but their study did not relate whether these proportions remained constant during different months. The current study found that the proportions of these sugars varied depending on the stage of maturation of the coconuts: glucose, from 34 to 45%; sucrose, from 53 to 18% and; fructose, from 12 to 36%.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on September 07, 2011
at 07:26 PM

But is there a brand worth a damn? The couple we've tried were anything but the real thing, and the real thing isn't practical for most people.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 07, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I like Vitacoco, and while no pre-packaged drink is going to be close to the real thing, it's a lot better than drinking sugar water that will rot your teeth ;) I've heard the Naked brand is good but haven't seen any around.

215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on September 07, 2011
at 06:54 PM

+1 Yes, I love coconut water!

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on September 08, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Taste Nirvana > Amy and Brian > Vita Coco > others, IMO.

Ef27a2d75781749b6a3f5bda9a4d33a9

(25)

on January 05, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Harmless Harvest Coconut Water blows away any other packaged coconut water I have had. It has that flavor of coconut water that just disappears in all the other canned or bottled kinds, which means fewer nutrients are getting destroyed. I've only seen it at Whole Foods and it's decidedly more expensive than just buying a coconut and opening it.

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on September 07, 2011
at 05:53 PM

The last time I picked up a bottle of gatorade, it had HFCS in it. Sucrose is better due to the glycosidic bonds between the fructose and glucose molecules, which slows down absorption a bit, but it still has 50% fructose, but in your case, fructose doesn't really matter.

I'd say that rice would be a far better choice for you. Why do you think it's pathetic?

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on September 07, 2011
at 09:37 PM

Damn near everything in biochemistry occurs lickety-split....

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Those bonds are cleaved lickity split.

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Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:26 PM

I think Gatorade is garbage. I used to worry a lot about the same things you mentioned. Since I switched to eating paleo most of the time, I don't worry much about them anymore. The diet seems to take care of you. Most days I hover a little below 100g of carbs and have found my workouts to be more effective than when I worried about carbs for energy. I also find myself more able to hold weight than before. I've got the skinny gene too. But I have really found focusing more on good fat and protein has helped me far more than worrying about pre-workout carbs.

I'm not sure how long your workouts are, but I keep mine under an hour. If you do endurance type workouts and find yourself bonking, I'd definitely recommend eating fruit rather than drinking gatorade for some quick sugar.

And if you're not eating a lot of good fat, you may be surprised to find how much energy that can give you.

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Fruits good for you

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E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

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on September 07, 2011
at 08:16 PM

+1 to the coconut water suggestion.

Here's another. I keep thinking about posting a question about what paleos can pick up from raw vegans. "Nothing" is one possible answer; but I think there are a few things. Datorade as a sports drink is one possibility. Soak some pitted dates overnight. Mix them in a blender with water until smooth. You've got a carb-rich sports drink that's tasty, full of minerals, and devoid of HFCS or other artificial frankenfoods.

Now that I think about it, blending the dates with coconut water instead of ordinary water seems like a good idea.

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7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on September 07, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I gained two pounds of muscle (quite a lot for a 5"2' chicka) on low carb paleo: 100g or less per day as I feel I want them. Eating more protein and fat gives your body more building blocks to work with, as opposed to eating more carbohydrate, which is nothing but a fuel source. People who eat lots of carbohydrate experience percieved muscle growth; however, every gram of carbohydrate is simply packing itself into the muscle with another 3 grams of water. If you're worried simply about getting enough calories, ADD DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS BUTTER to everything. Eat lots of fatty food. Buy costco jars of maranatha almond butter and eat them as a before dinner snack.

If you're worried specifically about needing carbs as a fuel source during exercise, I'd recommend potatoes. They're nothing but glucose - in the olden days before engineered food, tour de france bicyclist carried white potatoes to eat on the ride. The insulin spike is GOOD if you're working out, and will cause nutrients to be shuttled into your muscles to repair them faster. You should try experimenting with different varieties of potatoes and other starchy root vegetables to find which one goes down most easily for you.

Gatorade is ok-ish. However, you could choose SO much better.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on October 17, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Edit - I'm off of low carb, but eat potatoes nowadays right after a strength workout. I still keep under 100g of carbs a day, oddly enough. It has helped me put on another 5 pounds of muscle...sorta. It's probably not actual hypertrophy but it's weight in the muscle tissue. It have also improved my athletic performance which is my main goal anyway. My five K time dropped from 27 minutes to 25 minutes 22 seconds...I can finish a twelve mile run in less than 2 hours. Root vegetables are still > than gatorade.

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I don't do gatorade- if I'm working out outside in the heat or doing Bikram yoga, I like coconut water instead. For PWO carbs, I just nuke a sweet potato.

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on September 07, 2011
at 05:54 PM

A 20oz bottle is basically 30g of sugar with almost no food value. Hard to see any benefit whatsoever. Sugar is a toxin, fructose is one of the more toxic forms of it. This is far worse than potatoes, rice, or any whole food in terms of insulin spike and sugar impact.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:01 PM

and the artificial colour....yummy

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Ef27a2d75781749b6a3f5bda9a4d33a9

on January 05, 2012
at 12:04 PM

What about Chia seeds in water?

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39ccdc07ecb843b6399e0df9c1a6aa1a

on September 07, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I used to do the post-workout shakes after working out and only since about 6 months ago have switched to stricter Paleo. I include potatoes post-workout but other than that I am relatively low carb. I have not lost any weight and I have lowered my body fat %. I would stick with potatoes or rice. Gatorade may work for mass gain but would not be optimal for keeping body fat % low if that is one of your goals.

39ccdc07ecb843b6399e0df9c1a6aa1a

(682)

on September 08, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I was just thinking that it may help someone put on weight by filling up muscles with water weight the same way as high-carb meals. However someone may also be putting on fat as well by taking in a lot of sugar. Mass gain may have been the wrong word. Maybe weight gain.

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

(951)

on September 07, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Just curious why Gatorade would work for mass gain?

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on September 07, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Gatorade is crap, you can make your own version if you like, here is something I have made before:

http://wellnessmama.com/2575/natural-sports-drink-alternatives-recipe/

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on September 07, 2011
at 06:05 PM

IIRC, the powdered form of Gatorade does not contain HFCS. But I could be wrong. If you absolutely must drink Gatorade, mixing the powdered version in with some water seems to be the wisest route.

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