Will the new organic Gatorade be healthy?

Will the new organic Gatorade be healthy?

Back in December of last year, we reported that Gatorade would be releasing an organic sports drink. So will the new organic Gatorade be healthy?

Al Carey, the CEO of Pepsi announced that his company would launch an organic version of the most popular sports drink in the world.

It’s a consumer interest,” Carey said at Beverage Digest’s Future Smarts conference. “I think they’re very interested in non-GMO and organic, and to the degree you can make it meaningful to the consumer — do it.”

As athletes continue to evolve, we’re committed to introducing new product innovations to meet their varying needs,” reads a statement posted on Gatorade’s website. “G Organic is made with just seven ingredients and offers athletes a fueling option that is USDA certified organic, while still providing the scientifically proven fueling benefits found in Gatorade Thirst Quencher.”

Although the new Gatorade will be organic and GMO-free, some experts are still skeptical.

As written in a TakePart article:

True, compared with full-calorie Pepsi, Gatorade has about half the calories and sugar. But a 20-ounce Gatorade Thirst Quencher (the “original” Gatorade) still has 34 grams of sugar—completely and utterly superfluous sugar, at least for anyone who’s not engaging in at least an hour of intense, continuous exercise each day. To put that into perspective, the World Health Organization earlier this year released its revised recommendations for how much added sugar we should be consuming. For the average adult, that equates to less than 50 grams per day, and ideally, the WHO says, we should be aiming for less than 25 grams.

So will the new organic Gatorade be healthy?

The new product is more “natural,” according to Haemi Choi, a sports medicine doctor at Loyola University Medical Center, who spoke with NPR. “But I don’t think it’s healthier per se. It’s pretty similar,” she said. “While G Organic may be made with organic sugar, it doesn’t contain any less sugar than Gatorade’s other products. Organic sugar is still sugar.”

Each bottle of G Organic still contains about seven teaspoons of sugar.

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2. “Gatorade Is Going Organic, but Will Its New Product Be Any Healthier?TakePart. TakePart, n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.
3. “Gatorade Launches G Organic.” Gatorade. Gatorade, 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.

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