A Comprehensive Gatorade FAQ

A lot of things would be a huge bummer if you were transported back in time to the 1950s, but among them would certainly be that Gatorade hadn’t been invented yet. Gatorade is a boon, always a welcome sight in the refrigerator if you’re spent from working out or (more likely if you’re me) sick or hungover. But how much do we really know about Gatorade? Let’s find out. Here are some frequently asked questions about this popular sports drink. 

Who owns Gatorade?

Gatorade is owned by PepsiCo (you had about a one-in-three chance of guessing right). It is currently the company’s fourth largest brand. Powerade, the second most popular sports drink, is owned by Coca-Cola. 

When was Gatorade invented?

The sports drink was invented in 1965 by a team of researchers led by Dr. Robert Cade for use by athletes at the University of Florida, whose mascot is—you guessed it—the alligator. Thus, the name Gatorade was born. 

Does Gatorade have electrolytes?

You betcha. To be specific, there are 160 milligrams of sodium and 45 milligrams of potassium per 12 fluid ounces, both of which are types of electrolytes.

Does Gatorade have caffeine?

Let’s take a look at the full nutrition label. Lemon-lime gatorade contains “Water, Sugar, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Gum Arabic, Glycerol Ester Of Rosin, Natural Flavor, Yellow 5.” As you can see, caffeine is not a listed ingredient, making Gatorade caffeine-free.

Is Gatorade gluten free?

It certainly is, making it a safe choice for those on gluten-free diets or with gluten intolerances.

Is Gatorade an energy drink?

While Gatorade may help replenish your energy and leave you feeling refreshed, especially if you’re sick or working out and are in need of electrolytes, it is not considered an energy drink. The Gatorade website notes, “Many of the energy drinks contain caffeine and about three times as much carbohydrate as Gatorade, as well as other substances like ginseng, taurine, etc.”

Do Gatorades expire?

Alas, all things must come to an end, and Gatorade is no exception. There is a label on the bottle indicating the “Best Buy” date. If you really want to push your luck or you’re in some sort of post-apocalyptic bomb shelter scenario, some sites online say you can drink it for nine months past the recommended date. 

What flavor is Cool Blue Gatorade

Cool Blue Gatorade is in fact blue raspberry flavored. If you’ve ever wondered what blue raspberry actually means, it turns out it’s not really raspberry at all. It’s more of a tropical melange. 

Can you make cocktails with Gatorade?

If you really, really want to do this, yes, of course you can. There are a number of recipes online, including for a Gatorade Margarita containing Cool Blue Gatorade, tequila, limeade concentrate, salt, and blue sanding sugar. But can I also recommend the wide world of cocktails that don’t contain Gatorade? Consider that if you get hungover from drinking too many of these, you’ve nowhere left to turn. 

Now you’re a Gatorade expert! Happy hydrating!


About the Author

Matt Crowley

Matt Crowley is a comedy writer living in Los Angeles. He likes maple-flavored snacks, loves every kind of cheese, and is slowly learning to accept mushrooms.

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