The new Gatorade G2 Natural

by - Sunday, July 18, 2010

I recently learned that Gatorade has a new Natural product that no longer contains HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) or artificial colors. I'm so happy about this! I use sports drinks on occasion- usually on heavy training days, during races, or when I'm training in extreme heat.

The generous folks at the Gatorade company sent me a couple of samples of the new Gatorade Natural products to try and I like them! The flavor is good (the low calorie version is a little too sweet for me so I preferred the regular) and they don't give me the bloated feeling that I can sometimes get when I eat or drink things that contain HFCS.

What I especially like about Gatorade is the massive amount of research done by their Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI). These people know hydration!

Right now Gatorade Natural is only available at Whole Foods Markets in select cities (see the website for locations). If you can get your hands on some, give it a try!

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  1. There is no difference in how the body handles high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar, which is just as “natural” and just as processed as high fructose corn syrup. Gatorade makers are using the switch for marketing purposes, nothing more.

  2. Actually, ConsumerFreedom, the low-calorie product is sweetened with Stevia. Also, neither product contains mysterious artificial colors like "red #5". I see both of those changes as more than marketing.

  3. Also, the sweeteners used in the non-low calorie version are sucrose and dextrose (aka glucose). Both are processed slightly differently by the body that fructose- excess fructose is converted to fat more quickly than the body's preferred fuel, glucose. OF COURSE we should all pay attention and not consume masses of any sugars, though!

    Sugars aside, this isn't a perfectly "natural" product (nothing manufactured is), but some positive improvements have been made and I applaud Gatorade for that.


Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!