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Gatorade has a mixture of glucose, sucrose and fructose. A 100% fruit juice drink would have fructose only. Some fruit drinks have added high-fructose corn syrup, which is not the same as naturally occurring fructose in fruits.

Eating whole fruits gives you everything the fruit provides for your body and good health and is the best for you. 100% fruit juice would be next best because it has everything minus the fiber. Next would be a fruit juice that is a percentage of fruit juice because at least you are getting some natural nutrition and possibly some phytonutrients in it as well.

Drinks like Gatorade are the worst because they have sucrose (white refined sugar), glucose (just a sugar and no nutrients with it), and high-fructose corn syrup (a processed form of fructose). Gatorade has no "natural" nutrition, therefore no naturally occurring vitamins/minerals or phytonutrients. For exercise performance, water is the best hydrant, and replenishing electrolytes can be done more healthfully using 100% fruits and vegetable juices.

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Dr. Roy Vartabedian, Dr. P.h., M.P.H

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