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Gatorade is Worse than Soda

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  1. SacTown

    SacTown Member

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    I hope none of you here think Gatorade is a healthy drink. It's just liquid chemicals and sugar. Somhow marketing has led us to believe that Gatorade is good for sports and "electrolytes" and all that B.S.

    Why Gatorade Erodes Teeth Faster Than Red Bull And Coke

    The finding that the effects of Gatorade on teeth are worse than Coke and Red Bull doesn't mean that Gatorade and other sports drinks are necessarily harder on your teeth than are Coke and other soft drinks. But it may be a surprise that they aren't any better.

    I don't think everybody realizes how erosive these things are, especially Gatorade and Red Bull. People need to be aware that all sorts of beverages can be causing dental erosion. More and more dentists now think sugary drinks are the major culprit in tooth decay, says Brian Burt, PhD, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

    "There is pretty good evidence now that this is not just sports drinks, but soft drinks and juices in general," said Burt. "They have become the main source of sugars in the diet. It comes down to the more sugar in the drink, the more risk of [cavities] to the person drinking it."

    Effects Of Gatorade On Teeth

    The University of Iowa researchers covered extracted teeth with nail polish. They left bare two patches on each tooth, one on the enamel and one on the root. Then they dunked the teeth in test tubes filled with regular Coke, Diet Coke, Gatorade, Red Bull, or 100 percent apple juice.

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    Every five hours, the researchers refreshed the beverages. After 25 hours, they examined the teeth with a microscope. All of the beverages eroded the bare spots on the teeth. But different beverages had significantly different effects. On the enamel, Gatorade was significantly more corrosive than Red Bull and Coke. Red Bull and Coke, in turn, were significantly more corrosive than Diet Coke and apple juice.

    On the roots of the teeth, Gatorade was more corrosive than Red Bull. Coke, apple juice, and Diet Coke followed in that order. The difference in the effect isn't simply due to their sugar content. Gatorade is 6 percent carbohydrates, mostly sugars. Coke is about 10% sugar. Both are acidic beverages.
    University of Michigan pediatric dental researcher Michael Ignelzi, DDS, PhD, has recently reviewed new research on the effects of beverages on children's teeth. But he says there's no evidence showing that sports drinks are any worse than other soft drinks . "I know of no data that sports drinks are more harmful than other drinks," said Ignelzi.

    Sports Drinks and Cavities

    Because of their acidity and sugar content, researchers have studied the role of sports drinks in the development of cavities. Most of the studies, however, exonerate the sports drinks.

    Craig Horswill, PhD, senior research fellow at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, in 2005 reported a study of saliva flow in endurance athletes who drank Gatorade, diluted orange juice, a homemade sports drink, or water. The study showed that if the sports drinks had any effect, it was to decrease dehydration and increase saliva flow, which reduces cavity formation.
    More to the point, a 2002 Ohio State University study of 304 athletes found no link between sports-drink use and dental erosion. The study was sponsored by Quaker Oats, which makes Gatorade. "Dental erosion among users of sports drinks in the Ohio State study was the same as it was in nonusers," said Hoswill. "And they averaged 10 years of sports drink use." Ignelzi says that what matters most isn't which beverage people drink. It's how and when they drink it.

    "A lot of things can cause cavities, including sugared drinks. It is the way they are taken that is most important," he says. "The frequency of exposure is key. If you sip a Pepsi all day, that is very harmful. But if you are taking any sweet or carb -- cheese puffs, bread, raisins -- if you take it during meals, it is a good thing. Because the saliva stimulated by your chewing buffers the acid. But if you are constantly snacking on sweets or sipping a sweet beverage, your teeth are exposed to acid all day long."

    http://www.wtnperioblog.com/gatorade-dental-cavity/
     
  2. Baqui99

    Baqui99 Contributing Member

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    great for a hangover
     
  3. moestavern19

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    Sugar rots your teeth? You don't say.
     
  4. TISNF

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    Switch to Pedialyte.
     
  5. Ricksmith

    Ricksmith Contributing Member

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    This. Megatron Juice is the real deal.
     
  6. REEKO_HTOWN

    REEKO_HTOWN I'm Rich Biiiiaaatch!

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    Switch to Coconut Water.
     
  7. Pizza_Da_Hut

    Pizza_Da_Hut I put on pants for this?

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    That's why I drink PowerAde Zero.
     
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    You mean to tell me if I drink Gatorade 24/7 it's gonna have negative effects on my teeth?!
     
  9. Baqui99

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  10. Ziggy

    Ziggy QUEEN ANON

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    Rodman23 .GIF

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    this thread makes my teeth itch
     
  12. Haymitch

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    Read the thread title as:

    Gatorade is Worse than Scola
     
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  13. TheresTheDagger

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    How does this compare to those new drink enhancers ala Mio?

    I need to find out more about those.
     
  14. Mr. Clutch

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    Drink vitamin water zero instead
     
  15. finalsbound

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    this.

    actually kind of surprised it beats coke. if i drink gatorade or powerade it's always the low-cal version, but looking at that picture, i'm going to have to pass from now on.
     
  16. SwoLy-D

    SwoLy-D Contributing Member

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    There's nothing to worry about, then. :eek:

    Sincerely,

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  17. So Good

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    I used to drink it like water back in college...I didn't work out and I gained 40 pounds...and I got a small frame. I went from 110 lbs to 150 lbs. I started to work out and got down to 135 lbs.

    Anyway...yes from that point on I knew it was bad for you especially if you don't work out. I only drink it when I do play in flag football tournaments or basketball tournaments that last all day.
     
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    Chilly_Pete Contributing Member

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    But it's got what plants crave.
     
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  20. jae713

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    Same here.
     

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