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      26.03.2013 23:16
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      A fabby buy for me and I will be stocking up them asap!

      When it comes to re-hydration drinks and energy drinks and the suchlike I much admit to buying them rather often. This Gatorade drink I bought in my local B & M store after going to the gym one day and feeling exhausted and I bought it because the labeling on it told me that it is meant to replenish fluids and it sold as a drink aimed at active bodies.

      The packaging of this is simple enough. It comes in a see through plastic bottle with Gatorade embossed into it and the top of it is spots style with a cap that goes over so you simply pull it up and down to use it and to stop it leaking. On the label around the neck of the bottle we are clearly told what it is and who it is made by and that the flavour of the one I have in front of me is blackcurrant, we are told a bit about the drink, the size is stated which is 500ml in my case, the ingredients and nutritional information is clearly given and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough and informative bottle this is and I do like the fact that the bottle doesn't leak and its reusable should you want to refill it!

      The Drink:

      Well it is a still drink and a transparent dark red colour with little smell to it. The drink tastes rather sweet but naturally so and it tastes like blackcurrants really. This drink contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners and like I touched on earlier is meant to rehydrate people fast and that's because it contains electrolytes and carbohydrates.

      The thing about this drink is that if you are hot bothered and quite frankly feeling a bit knackered then this tastes nice, if not and your simply ok and drink this is tastes a bit salty, well too salty. I drank most of mine after sweating for England and I have to admit it really did quench my thirst and make me feel a bit more awake, when I drank the dregs in front of Eastenders and slobbing out though it tasted vile so I see this a drink to have when your really thirsty and tired and need real refreshment fast.

      I am a real fan of this drink now and I can get hold of them at just 39p a bottle in my local B & M store however at full price and in convenience stores and the likes do expect to pay about a pound a bottle for these! (.still worth it though to be fair!)

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        19.02.2011 21:07
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        Does the job effectively

        I normally drink Lucozade sport (the still sports drink) but I had bought this in sainsburies as it was on a deal, and unlike powerade, I really liked it. As well as the taste I also thought it kept my energy levels up really well.

        It contains No colours (unnatural that is), no sweeteners and no artificial flavours. Just pure juice and water. Since 1965, Gatorade has been scientifically formulated to provide atheletes with the optimal blend of of essential fluids, sugars , electrolytes and carbohydrate rehydaton. It rehydrates, replenishes and refuels the body after serious exercise. It comes in a variety of flavours, orange, which I have tatsed, lemon and cherry. Gatorades motto is "if you dont need it, its not in it" pointing to the fact that the ingrediants are natural.

        To be honest I wouldnt say that this is a purely post exercise drink. i have drunken this during exercise and because it isnt sickly, it goes down rather well.

        Ingredients:
        Water, 2 main types of easy and hard loading sugars: dextrose & sucrose (sucrose acetate isobutyrate), Citric Acid, the Electrolytes (Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate) this is your salts replenishment. It contains natural flavouring, in my case orange, emulsifier, modified starch.

        Nutrition information per 100ml
        Energy 104kj (25 Kcal) , Protein 0g , Carbohydrate 6g , all of which are sugars, Fat 0g with no saturates
        Fibre 0g , Sodium 0.05g

        The bottle design is the classic hour glass shape, a little, grab and gostyle. The sip lid is very easy to suck from, even when running or cycling. And the green lid makes it very destinctive

        So as you can see the main energy source is sugars, and not so much on carbs. But it is good that there is some carb loading. Many sports drinks dont have this and I think this is what makes it so effective. Your salts and essential electrolytes will be replenished well, and I would say that for the price, this is one of the more effective value for money sports drinks. Unlike locuzade, although the energy comes from sugars, it isnt syrupy and not sticky if you spill it on something.

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          24.10.2010 22:37
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          Gatorade, you love it or loathe it!

          If you are into playing and enjoying sports, love hiking or just like to remain active, chances are you`ve heard of and probably haven a sip or two of Gatorade, a drink that provides you witha solid energy boost and a mouthful of taste and new spirit! Common for all Gatorades, they give you new energy after having worked your body hard, and all though I did struggle to enjoy the taste of this version, there`s no doubt that this is a great energy boost!

          I only drink Gatorade when my energy storage is very low and I need a quick boost, then this drink is superb! You feel immediately refreshed and filled with new strength, and this is a drink I rely upon when hiking in the mountains or going for a long trip on my bicycle... There is however one slight problem with the Gatorade drink, being that I find the taste of them very, very sweet, sometimes on the verge of sickening... I have noticed that I can`t think about drinking this during a regular day, but when I have been working out and I`m tired and thirsty, then I gulp it down like crazy! The taste is very sweet and still refreshing, so for my part I never drink it together with my dinner, to say it like that...

          Some hate this drink, others can`t get enough! Whatever your opinion, Gatorade is a reknown and praised energy drink, certain to boost your spirit and energy when you need it the most!

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          08.04.2010 13:02
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          Pleasantly surprised by this product and will buy again.

          I had heard of this drink before, but always presumed it was a cheap kids drink, like Panda Pops, and never really bothered trying it. I was in the chemists with my son, and he was thirsty and we noticed that a bottle of this was quite cheap, at 79p, compared with the other similar drinks on offer, such as fruit shoot.


          I had to put my preconceptions aside, because I could see from the packaging, that this was a premium product. It was actually designed for athletes, and has been around since 1965. It aims to rehydrate using a balance of the following components:


          Electrolytes:

          Sodium, Potasium and Chloride, to replace minerals lost during sweating. The electrolytes also trigger the thirst mechanism, ensuring that the person drinking the product drinks plenty of it!


          Flavour:

          Because it is pleasantly flavoured, the consumer is more likely to drink more and be more hydrated.


          Carbohydrates:

          The 6% Carbohydrate solution has been found to be the optimal solution for rehydrating the body, and energising the consumer. It contains a mix of glucose, sucrose and fructose.


          Osmoliaty:

          In simple terms, the particle content of the drink is similar to blood, 280mOSM/kg so it is absorbed by the body quicker.

          So, 79p for all this, what can I say? It seems very good value to me! The drink comes in a clear bottle, so you can see the product inside, and the drink is a cloudy orange colour. I was expecting it to be fizzy because of the name, and was surprised to find it was a still drink. It had a really pleasant citrus flavour, and was not too strong tasting or sour. You really did feel as if it was quenching your thirst. This drink would be really welcome on a hot day, especially on a big day out, because the bottle came with a handy lid, similar to a fruit shoot bottle, which can be pushed down and sealed, so you can carry the bottle around with you on the go. I would actually save the bottle and re-use it, although they probably don't recommend doing this.


          The nutritional content is as follows per 100ml:

          Cal 25
          Protein 0
          Carb 6g
          of which sugars 6g
          Fat 0
          Fibre 0
          Sodium trace

          I should note, that in the local newsagents, the same drink was on sale for £1.49, so the price can really vary between stores.

          This is a really nice tasting thirst quencher, that leaves you satisfied. I'm glad I challenged my preconceptions about this product.

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          07.02.2010 18:28
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          Refreshing when you need it most

          Gatorade is a drink which can be used in your daily schedule or for the sports person. Gatorade beverages are formulated to rehydrate and replenish fluid, carbohydrates and electrolytes. I personally use gatorade during a long run. I hide the bottle in the bushes half way a long my route and when I get to the point I start taking the fuel on board. The drink is great if its a hot day and you sweat more than usual or if you are thirsty and need a nice drink to quench your thirst.

          What makes gatorade so special is the fact that it contains electrolytes which are essential nutrients and salts that the body loses usually through sweat. Have you ever noticed on a hot day that when you need a drink after a while you start to feel tired, the reason for this is the electrolyte balance in the body reducing and until its replenished you usually feel lethargic.

          So you can imagine why the drink is also good for the person playing sport, as soon as you have topped up your essential balance you feel refreshed and the fuel is restored in the body.

          There are many drinks like this on the market and the main rival seems to be powerade which is based on the same thing and also lucozade which seems to be the oldest brand. I actually prefer gatorade as I find it has a nice fresh taste whereas powerade and lucozade can be slightly over powering on the taste.

          Gatorade comes in a variety of flavours such as lenmo, orange and cherry. My personal favourite is the orange flavour. A break down of the nutritional values can be seen below.

          If your thirsty or tired why not try gatorade, in all honesty I think you might be pleasantly suprised.

          Ingredients and nutritional Values below:

          Water, Sucrose, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Electrolytes (Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate), Natural Flavourings, Carrot and Blueberry Juice Concentrates, Modified Starch, Emulsifier (Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate).

          Nutrition
          Typical values per 100ml
          Energy 103kj
          Energy 25kcal
          Protein 0g
          Carbohydrate 6g
          of which sugars 6g
          Fat 0g
          of which saturates 0g
          Fibre 0g
          Sodium 0.05g

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            21.10.2009 22:51
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            Official sports drink to London triathlon and Premier Rugby... says something.

            **Drink or Medicine?**

            Many studies have shown the need to keep our bodies watered. Apparently studies have also shown that we are more likely to successfully hydrate ourselves using flavoured beverages - more power to the manufacturers of soft drinks!

            I would have expected my doctor to adhere to the "water is terrific for you" principle, and I'm sure he does really, so I was surprised when recently he advised my daughter to buy some Gatorade. My daughter is (like her poor ole Mum) a migraine sufferer. She has several triggers, one being over tiredness, and this can be infuriating in every day life. Just as you're getting stuck in ... vomiting and severe headache stop you in your tracks. It was whilst trying to isolate specific triggers that my doc suggested we keep an exercise diary (as well as all the others!) and lo and behold - a trigger! Over exertion links with migraine. Poor girl - she loves her dance and could not countenance giving up or even cutting back (imagine having to tell your offspring to do less activity!). At this point my doc suggested Gatorade and oh what a product it has been.

            **What is it?**
            Gatorade dates as far back as 1965 when it was invented by scientists to help footballers give maximum performance. Gatorade still run a scientific sports research centre today.

            *Product
            This review looks at the orange flavour gatorade although there are several other drinks and powders available. The drink comes in a tall sports type transparent plastic bottle with an ergonomic hand grip presumably designed for drinking on the run.

            *Inside?

            The gatorade website boldy proclaims: If you don't need it it's not in it...... we'll have to take their word for it!

            The bottle contains:
            An non-carbonated orange drink consisting of:

            Water, Sucrose, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Electrolytes (Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate), Natural Flavourings, Carrot and Blueberry Juice Concentrates, Modified Starch, Emulsifier (Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate).

            The important things here are the

            ELECTROLYTES: which work to replace the body's mineral loss and prevent cramp and fatigue.

            FLAVOUR: as I said, you're more likely to adequately hydrate with an enjoyable flavoured drink and usually drink in greater quantity than plain water even when thirsty.

            CARBOHYDRATE: I thought these were in bread etc but I guess the clue is in th hydrate bit. Apparently the 6% carb in this solution is ideal for promoting fluid absorbtion.....no more; no less.

            Nutritional Data:

            Typical values per 100ml
            Energy 103kj
            Energy 25kcal
            Protein 0g
            Carbohydrate 6g
            of which sugars 6g
            Fat 0g
            of which saturates 0g
            Fibre 0g
            Sodium 0.05g

            **Price**
            Of course it depends where you're buying from. It's not always an easy product to find so if they have it in Tesco in 4 packs I usually grab a few packs at about £3.30 each.
            Buy it at the newsagent or the corner offie and you're likely to be looking at £1.30 for a single.
            It's much more readily available in the US but is spreading in the UK too.

            **Opinion**

            It has certainly done the thing for my daughter. We had in our lay-person wisdom used other sports drinks before but they are predominantly strong flavoured and fizzy and can accentuate her delicate stomach especially following exercise. Although very orange, this stuff has no artificial additives and doesn't taste over strong. It has a nice balance of flavour without being over sweet. It's certainly done the trick as far as the last month is concerned and even if not all of the promises are as good as they seem, the Rehydrate; replenish; refuel motto seems to work!

            Thumbs up for the next dance show!

            Oh, and if you take a look at the site:
            http://www.gatorade.co.uk/
            you'll see lots of very sporty looking bods and happily con yourself into believing that the drink you're slugging will make you look like that! :)

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              30.09.2009 18:59
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              You'll either like it or you won't

              At work we had a sales woman come to see us to sell some of thier goods. She left us with some samples and one of these was a blackcurrant flavour bottle of Gatorade.

              Gatorade i feel is the American competition to Lucozade. The point of the drink is to replinesh the nutrients that you lose in sweat and burn up during exercise. It is aimed at the fitness industry.

              *Design and Packaging*

              This bottle is clear so you can see the juice that is in it. Being blackcurrant it was a purple colour. The bottle has a sleek modern shape to it with the Gatorade name embossed into it. It comes with a sports cap which is easy to open and close. This design is to make it easier to drink from the bottle while on the move. The sports cap is covered by a bottle top to stop the cap getting dirty before purchase. This is easy to push off.

              There is a label which wraps around the upper half of the bottle. This shows the brand name with a lightning bolt design flowing through it. The label identifies the flavour, what the drink is made for and does, and nutritional values.

              *Taste*

              I felt this drink had a very distinct taste. Its hard to describe but if you were to drink it again without a label you would know its Gatorade straight off. It leaves a little after taste which isn't a bad thing if you enjoy the flavour of it. It is quite sweet but doesn't taste as sugary or sickening as drinks like Powerade or Lucozade. I think though that you will either like it or not.

              *Nutritional Info*

              Ingredients

              Water, Sucrose, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Electrolytes (Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate), Natural Flavourings, Carrot and Blueberry Juice Concentrates, Modified Starch, Emulsifier (Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate).
              Nutritional Data
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              Typical values per 100ml
              Energy 103kj
              Energy 25kcal
              Protein 0g
              Carbohydrate 6g
              of which sugars 6g
              Fat 0g
              of which saturates 0g
              Fibre 0g
              Sodium 0.05g

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              31.08.2009 14:33
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              Powerade and Lucozade are better

              Having heard a lot about "Gatorade" I was interested, but hadn't actually managed to see any, the drink is regularly put across as the premier Isotonic drink and is often advertised on ESPN's website. The product has found it's self in many product placements and is regarded as the greatest Isotonic out there, having been around for over 40 years there's more history here than with any other Isotonic (unless you run with Lucozade Sport's history dating back via Lucozade Energy to 1927). Though it has yet to break into the UK on the same scale as it has in the USA, often it has been the rival "Powerade" that has been the dominant Isotonic in the UK (though with some Supermarkets having their own and the aforementioned Lucozade Sport having a large market shape). Thankfully I did finally come across the drink last week in Wilkinson's for 99p a bottle, as I was that interested I got 2 (The Orange and The Raspberry flavours).

              Isotonics then for those that are unfamiliar with the term are a type of sports drink that started with Gatorade back in 1965. They are a form of energy drink that concentrates on a scientific approach to rehydration of the body and as a result re-fueling of it, this involves the drink having electrolytes and carbohydrates and fluids. For those familiar with other energy drinks they are one of the three mainstream types with Glucose drinks being the oldest (Lucozade Energy uses high amounts of Glucose syrup to give the drink a lot of energy) and of course the newly popular Caffine drinks. Caffine drinks release energy in a near instant boost from caffine, though they often also have high amounts of vitamins, drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar, Relentless and Monster are a regular on shop shelves now a days. With out a doubt however the health problems from caffine are highly debated (they've been banned in some mainland European countries) and high sugar is never going to be a great idea in the long term, so Isotonic drinks are seen as the way forward.

              So instead of reviewing each one separately I'll just give my general views on them as they are quite similar throughout. The bottles are "sports" friendly, meaning they are easy to hold with sweaty hands and has a sports cap lid, with a an external cap that will give your fingers a work out (I had to bite it off so maybe this isn't so sweaty hand friendly). The bottle also has a small label on it giving out a load of information on the product like any good label should to be honest.

              Inside the bottle is a drink with a strong colour however it's all natural as the drink contains no artificial colours or flavours and is therefore 1 up on Powerade which is coloured with chemicals. However colour is nothing important in all honesty the thing that Powerade had was a great taste (especially the cherry flavour) so how does Gatorade compare? Well in both of them it was weak and rather poor tasting, in fact it was more like a cheap cordial than a high quality sports drink. Maybe I was too used to great taste to forgive this but when compared to things like Red bull, Lucozade and Powerade this tasted cheap and poor. Both flavours I had lacked real body to the taste they just seemed to tasteless, there was something there but no where near enough.

              Though as the taste definitely wasn't the drinks forte, nor the reason that many people buy it, the customers of Gatorade obviously buy it for it's "rejuvenating" qualities, so this is how it has to be rated. Does it do what it claims? Thankfully I work in a call centre talking to answer phones, a simple test can be done on energy drinks, what I've termed the "yawn test". After drinking a drink do I yawn on the next few answer phones I get, if yes the drink fails, if no the drink passes. As I had both drinks one after the other I'd like to think I gave Gatorade 2 chances to pass the test. Well after drinking it I did feel fresher than I was previously how ever I wasn't hyper or in a rush and the yawns did stop (for an hour or two). So that's a pass as far as I'm concerned.

              Nutritional Information (per 100ml)
              24 Calories (amazing in all honesty)
              0g Protein
              6g Carbohydrates (6g Sugars)
              0g Fat (0g Saturates)
              0g Fibre

              Electrolytes per 100ml
              0.05g Sodium
              12mg Potassium
              47mg Chloride
              5mg Magnesium

              Gatordade to me seemed like the cheaper tasting version of the Isotonics which is definitely not what it was meant to be, the premium price was totally undeserved and sadly the effect didn't last very long. I'm finding myself more in love with Powerade than Gatorade so well done to the Gatorade company for proving how unimpressive you are. Overall a poor option.

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              03.08.2008 00:41
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              didn't work for me

              I play quite a lot of sports, and know the importance of rehydration during exercise, as well as prevention of the loss of electrolytes. Normally, for a 60 minute volleyball/netball match, I would drink around 500ml of Lucozade sport, but the machines at the Sports Centre sell Gatorade for less (£1.20 as opposed to £1.50) so I figured I'd give it a go.

              The first thing that I noticed was the taste - it reminds me of orange calpol, not nice. However, after a while I became used to the slightly repulsive taste, and was guzzling it readily.

              The drink did not fulfill my thirst at all - I drank 2 bottles of the stuff and still felt dehydrated. Whether this means that I was not drinking enough before, I don't know, but I have a suspicion that Gatorade has less electrolytes than the lucozade equivalent. The need for two drinks also removed the financial benefits.

              *Nutritional Info per serving*
              Servings per bottle - 2.5 (1 serving = 240ml)
              Calories - 50 kcal
              Total Carbohydrates - 14.0g
              of which sugars - 14.0g
              Fat - 0g
              Protein - 0g
              Sodium - 110mg

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              30.06.2008 00:52
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              Great drink

              **Introduction**

              As a fan of the NBA I had for years noticed the players drinking Gatorade but up until recently had never even bought a bottle of it instead using drinks like Powerade or Lucozade for the energy. The History of Gatorade goes back to 1965 when Medical Researchers Robert Cade, Dick Malonis, Harry James Free, and Dana Shires produced the drink. They were asked to make up a drink that would improve the teams players energy.

              The Universities team was The Gators which is where the drink takes it's name from. The drink is most commonly sold in United States of America but is increasing it's popularity all over the world with more and more advertising and the growth of sports like Basketball around the world.

              **Gatorade**

              This sports drink comes in a variety of flavours but the one featured for this review is Gatorade Orange. This is a lot lighter than the Lucozade Orange version and is a very nice tasting drink that has a slight taste a little like Oasis. This drink is supposed to rehydrate you after a workout or playing a sport and will keep you working harder for longer due to it's increased energy boost.

              I have used this drink a few times whilst I have played Football and Basketball and have noticed a marked difference in the endurance levels of drinking this opposed to not drinking it whilst playing sport, This really did work superbly well and gives your body a healthy boost of energy when you really need it.

              **Nutritional Information**

              Nutrition Facts Serving Size 8 fl oz (240 mL)
              Servings Per Container 2.5

              Amount Per Serving
              Calories 50 Calories from Fat 0

              % Daily Value*
              Total Fat 0 g 0%
              Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
              Trans Fat 0 g
              Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
              Sodium 110 mg 5%
              Potassium 30 mg 1%
              Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5%
              Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
              Sugars 14 g
              Protein 0 g
              Vitamin A 0%
              Vitamin C 0%

              **Where To Buy**

              This has become more and more popular in the United Kingdom recently and is becoming quite widely available around the different regions, You can buy it from most branches of all the major Supermarkets aswell as all the major gyms and sports centres. It is typically around £1 for a 500ml bottle which may seem a little much but I assure you given the boost it gives you it is well worth it.

              You can also find many more flavours available to buy online from various places. This is what a lot of sports men and women did up until the drink was set to become widely available here in the United Kingdom. You can pick up some good deals in store and online with some stores offering a free Gartorade drinks bottle with a four pack of the drink.

              **Overall**

              This is a very useful drink indeed and all the more appealing as it is safe and legal aswell as tasting nice. I have had all three of the main sports drinks and have to say that this now comes above Powerade in my opinion as the best iso tonic drink on the market. If you feel your lack of energy is holding you back in your chosen sport then this may be a great way of solving that problem without going down the drugs route,

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