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Gatorade plans to go organic…but will it really be any healthier?


By Theo Thimou,

Gatorade is ready to jump on the health bandwagon with a new line of organic drinks coming soon.

Gatorade’s new healthy push

The G Organic line will go on sale this fall with a recipe that reduces Gatorade’s formulation to just seven ingredients: Water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic natural flavor, sea salt, sodium citrate and potassium chloride.

Early word on flavors slated to hit shelves include lemon, strawberry and mixed berry, according to the New York Times.

The move is a carefully crafted one by PepsiCo., which is Gatorade’s parent company, to target the growing market for organic products.

Organic foods notched $43.3 billion in sales last year, according to the Organic Trade Association. And it’s only expected to grow from there.

But amid all the talk about the new organic formulation, there remains an unsettling question: Is Gatorade — even organicGatorade — really good for you?

Though PepsiCo says it won’t be using artificial food dye in G Organic problems, there’s still that problematic question of added sugar.

G Organic will have seven teaspoons of added sugar in every 16.9-ounce bottle. The American Heart Association, meanwhile, says men should have no more than nine teaspoons of added sugar every day and women should have no more than six teaspoons daily.

Not all “healthy” drinks are really healthy!

Here are few beverages you thought were healthy that you may want to reconsider…

5 "healthy" beverages that aren't as healthy as you thought

Almond milk

Think that almond milk is packed full of almond-y goodness? Think again.

A recent lawsuit against Blue Diamond argues that the company is engaged in false advertising because almonds reportedly only account for 2% of their product. The rest is apparently water, sugar, sunflower lecithin and a thickener called carrageenan.

The latter has suspected links to gastrointestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer.

Skim milk

There are a lot of people crying over skimmed milk, apparently! That’s because a new study suggests people who consume full-fat dairy weigh less and are less likely to develop diabetes than those who eat low-fat dairy products.

Whole fat may work to regulate insulin and glucose. The more fatty dairy products one consumes at once, the longer they’ll go without getting hungry enough to want more calories from sugary foods or foods with lots of carbohydrates, which the body converts into sugar then fat.

5 "healthy" beverages that aren't as healthy as you thought

Sparkling water

Sparkling water is often promoted as a healthy alternative to soda. But the bubbly beverage is not without its potential health risks.

Sparkling water contains carbonic acid, which may increase the risk of tooth enamel erosion. In a 2007 U.K. study, flavored sparkling water was determined by researchers to be potentially erosive.

The researchers concluded, “It would be inappropriate to consider these flavored sparkling waters as a healthy dental alternative to other acidic drinks.”

Bottled water

When you buy bottled water, are you really getting what you’re paying for? Real Simple magazine estimates that 48% of bottled water is actually filtered municipal tap water.

An Australian study cited by The Washington Post found that kids who don’t drink fluoridated tap water have a more than 50% higher incidence of cavities.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees that drinking fluoridated public tap water can reduce cavities in both kids and adults. If you still insist on drinking bottled water, talk with your dentist about other ways (such as a fluoride rinse) to preserve your family’s dental health.

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