Review: Gatorade vs. Pedialyte
An age old question: Is Gatorade better for your kid than Pedialyte in dehydration conditions?
Is Pedialyte really only for Children’s Diarrhea rehydration?
First, a little useless “WIKI” history:
“Pedialyte is an oral electrolyte solution manufactured by Abbott Laboratories that is designed to replace fluids and minerals that are lost when a child has diarrhea with or without vomiting. It was invented by Gary Cohen MD of Swampscott, Massachusetts, USA,
Pedialyte is designed to promote quick fluid and electrolyte absorption while a child is sick and contains the quantity and ratio of the sugars glucose and fructose, and electrolytes recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This makes it very low in sugar compared to most sports drinks (100 calories/liter vs. Gatorade’s ~200) and higher in both sodium (1,035 mg/L vs. Gatorade’s 465) and potassium (780 mg/L vs. Gatorade’s 127). Sucrose is not used in Pedialyte because of the risk of making diarrhea worse by drawing water into the intestine and increasing the risk of dehydration. In its flavored formulations, Pedialyte uses the synthetic sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Pedialyte has become a hydration alternative to sports drinks for some athletes including members of the Arizona Cardinals, the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, Mexico’s boxing superstar Juan Manuel Marquez, and MLB pitcher Tom Glavine. Many competitors in combat sports use it to rehydrate after cutting weight for weigh-ins. It is also popular with migrant workers near the US-Mexico border to stave off dehydration which is the foremost cause of death in the desert. It is sometimes used to treat hangovers.
Pedialyte is similar to rehydration fluids used by the World Health Organization (WHO) such as “New Oral Rehydration Solution” (N-ORS), that are used during the outbreak of illnesses such as cholera and rotavirus. Similar products include Lytren, Gastrolyte, Ricelyte, and Resol.
Gatorade is a brand of sports-themed food and beverage products, built around its signature product: a line of sports drinks. Gatorade is currently manufactured by PepsiCo and distributed in over 80 countries.The beverage was first developed in 1965 by researchers at the University of Florida, to replenish the combination of water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes that the school’s student-athletes lost (in sweat) during rigorous athletic competitions. Its name was derived from the collective nickname of the university’s athletic teams, “the Gators”.
Originally produced and marketed by Stokely-Van Camp, the Gatorade brand was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company in 1983, which itself was bought by PepsiCo in 2001. As of 2010, Gatorade is PepsiCo’s 4th-largest brand, on the basis of worldwide annual retail sales. It primarily competes with Coca-Cola’s Powerade and Vitaminwater brands worldwide; plus, Lucozade Sport in the United Kingdom. Within the United States, Gatorade accounts for approximately 75 percent market share in the sports drink category.
The first iteration of Gatorade was formulated in 1965 by a team of researchers at the University of Florida College of Medicine, including Robert Cade, Dana Shires, Harry James Free, and Alejandro de Quesada. It was created following a request from Florida Gators football head coach Ray Graves to aid athletes by acting as a hydrating replacement for body fluids lost during physical exertion in hot weather. The earliest versions of the beverage consisted of a mixture of water, sodium, sugar, potassium, phosphate and lemon juice. Ten players on the University of Florida football team tested the first version of Gatorade during practices and games in 1965, and the tests were deemed successful. The football team credited Gatorade as having contributed to their first Orange Bowl win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1967, at which point the drink gained traction within the athletic community. Yellow Jackets coach Bobby Dodd, when asked why his team lost, replied: “We didn’t have Gatorade. That made the difference.”“
The problem I experienced today is that after a gruesome conditioning camp featuring over 30 Bear Crawls and 21 Gassers in a 100 degree heat, I only brought pedialyte and then my son wouldn’t drink it. Says it taste bad. Tried to force him to drink it, then he starts fake choking on it and the whole acting out bit. I guess in the real world with real kids, no matter if pedialyte is the perfect balance, if they won’t drink it than none of the ingredients matter. At least he’ll guzzle the gatorade.