Gatorade’s new organic drink: is it really an improvement?

PepsiCo Inc., the maker of Gatorade, is now selling an organic version of its brightly-coloured sports drink.

 

The new beverage, which is sold under the name “G Organic,” features seven ingredients: water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic natural flavour, sea salt, sodium citrate and potassium chloride. It comes in three flavours, including lemon, strawberry, and mixed berry.

 

“As athletes continue to evolve, we’re committed to introducing new product innovations to meet their varying needs,” says the company.

 

However, the company’s new foray into the organic market isn’t as sweet as it seems. While the new drink features organic ingredients, its sugar content is still off the charts: each 500ml bottle contains seven teaspoons of added sugar, which is more than the six daily teaspoons recommended by the World Health Organization.

 

While Gatorade markets these products as perfect for athletes, industry professionals note that the best “sports drink” is still water. Unless you are doing extremely strenuous exercise—like a marathon, per se—chug a bottle of water and forget the sugar-laden products.