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What you should know about Gatorade’s new organic drinks

Well, doesn’t this beat all? You know organic has gone mainstream when Gatorade sends out organic versions of its sports drinks. Bless their hearts. The line is called G Organic. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of water, and let’s discuss.

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Here’s what you’re getting for your extra 50 cents:

  • Only seven ingredients: water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic natural flavor, sea salt, sodium citrate and potassium chloride — so, fewer artificial ingredients. Yay!
  • 20 grams of sugar per 12-ounce bottle, about the same amount as in regular Gatorade. But it’s organic, for what it’s worth.
  • The same amount of electrolytes as regular Gatorade.

Here’s the part where we all say, just because that sugar is organic doesn’t mean it’s healthier.

Right? I mean, the way that sugar was grown was probably healthier for the Earth, and that’s great. But otherwise, that organic sugar is going to do the same thing in your body that regular sugar does.

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Now let’s talk about why we’re still buying sports drinks. Can someone please explain this to me? Oh good, here’s Adam Ruins Everything and exercise physiologist Tamara Hew-Butler.

So basically we’re still buying sports drinks because marketing. Thanks, marketing!

Look, sports drinks are a placebo. People drink them because they think they’re getting extra hydration and some sort of athletic support, like a jockstrap for your cardiovascular system. But take it from someone who does a strenuous workout four times a week, even in the summer, and is still alive and hasn’t even fainted or anything. Save your money, save your body from that sugar, which, P.S., is just going to undo all that exercise, and simply drink water when you’re thirsty.

But you know this already! You know this. We didn’t even need to have this conversation, except it’s just fun to kvetch sometimes.

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