Gatorade or Water For Your Workout?

Everyone’s favorite workout drink has some pros and one significant con. While it’s true that Gatorade contains electrolytes lost during a vigorous workout and a large amount of water, the flavorful taste of this popular drink is not without some downside.

A 20oz Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar and a 32oz bottle contains 54 grams! While some sugar during a workout can be beneficial, you likely won’t need 54 grams (or 216 calories) worth in addition to your normal diet. It’s possible that the rapid increase in sugar can make you thirstier and cause you to drink even more. Of course, there will always be some sugar in the diet, but I opt to integrate sugar in my diet from natural foods and ingredients. The decision to use Gatorade during workouts is ultimately individual and goal-dependent; it is perfectly fine for hydration, but plain water with lemon juice is just as good and comes with far fewer calories.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is a second year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health and awareness with her passion for health, fitness and beauty. In her spare time, enjoys fashion, kayaking on West Meadow Beach, and creating westernized-Asian recipes.