When we think about working out, the first thing that comes to our mind is Gatorade. The sports drink has taken over the sports world and has become an integral part of many people's workout plans. It's a great source of electrolytes to help energize and rehydrate after a strenuous workout.
But is drinking Gatorade safe for those with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? Is Gatorade gluten free?
What is Gatorade?
Gatorade is a sport drink first created in 1965 for the University of Florida Gators by Dr. Robert Cade. It was meant to help rehydrate athletes and boost their performance during the games. The Gators won the Orange Bowl, which was a first for them in a very long time. This win cemented the power of Gatorade, and it shot to one of the most popular sports drinks in the industry and eventually for the general public.
But is it healthy to drink? Though Gatorade can help replenish energy after lots of exercises, it is also high in sugar and artificial sweeteners. So it definitely isn't a drink you want to drink too often, but it is okay to consume in moderation.
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Answer: Is Gatorade Gluten Free?
Yes - well, mostly! None of the ingredients in Gatorade's drinks have gluten, so all their drinks are great for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. In addition, according to Gatorade, their Gatorade Mix packets, G2 products, Protein shakes, and Prime Energy Chews do not contain traces of gluten or gluten-containing ingredients.
Gatorade products are not labeled gluten-free, which means they are not tested for being gluten-free. However, they have been found by many gluten-free foundations to be safe. Those tested have been found to have far less than 20ppm of gluten in them. Especially their flavored hydration drinks. Even though there are artificial flavors, they do not contain gluten and are safe for a gluten-free diet.
However, their products like the Gatorade Whey protein bars and whey protein powder have gluten-centric main ingredients. Which makes them very unfriendly to consume for those with Celiac and gluten intolerance. Suppose you are venturing outside of Gatorade's thirst quencher products. In that case, it's best to read the ingredients list to double-check that there are no gluten ingredients or gluten contamination.
With all of the different products and flavors that Gatorade produces, all of this information may feel overwhelming. But, there is an easy way to remember it. All of their traditional drinks are gluten-free. But, their food products are a bit more in the gray zone. So, take time to check if there is any added gluten.
What Gatorade Products Are Gluten Free?
Gatorade Thirst Quencher
- Lemon Lime Fruit Punch
- Blue Cherry
- Glacier Freeze
- Tropical Cooler
- And all the different flavors!
- Glacier Cherry
- Glacier Freeze
All flavors of G2 are gluten free.
Organic Thirst Quencher
Some of the thirst quenchers have a caramel color, which sometimes can have hidden gluten. Gatorade doesn't test their product, so I will list the flavors that do not contain caramel color.
- Passion Fruit
These are Gatorade with added fruit juice. All of the flavors of Gatorade Juiced are gluten free.
- Endurance Carb Energy Chews
- Energy Gels (with caffeine are also gluten-free)
- Bolt 24 (Antioxidant and Energize)
*Note that NONE of the Gatorade Recover protein powder products are gluten free!
If you are looking for a healthier electrolyte option, there are several gluten free electrolyte options!
- DripDrop - We use this brand because it doesn't have a lot of unnatural ingredients.
- LiquidIV - We like this one, but note it has Vitamin B6. Drinking too many, especially if you have POTS, can lead to getting too much of this vitamin.
- NormaLyte - This is another healthier electrolyte powder we use.
- Earth's Best Organic Electrolyte Solution
Regardless of whether you are a professional athlete or simply love the taste of this energy drink, Gatorade is safe to drink for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. However, suppose you want to try their recovery protein shakes or food items. In that case, it is best to read the ingredients label before purchasing.
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This post was updated from an older June 2015 post with more details and easier-to-follow directions.