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Coloring In Powerade.

  1. May 3, 2006 #1
    I want to know something about Powerade. Can you drink so much of it that your bodily waste turns that color.

    A couple days I drink about 5 bottles of Green Powerade a day. The same day my stool turned Green. Not only that, so did my urine. I know it sounds funny but is that supposed to happen?
     
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  3. May 3, 2006 #2

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    Do yourself a favor and don't drink Powerade period.

    As far as I know the colorings (aka toxins) in Powerade are just filtered out of your body, hence why your urine/stool is green. Things like beta carotene stay in your body have have the potential to turn your skin orange (I'm not sure if it's actually beta carotene or if is converted into Vitamin A or what.)
     
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  4. May 4, 2006 #3
    Don't drink Powerade.....why not?
     
  5. May 4, 2006 #4

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    If it's not natural, and your body has to work to excrete it, you are taking chances. Eat real food, not crap.
     
  6. May 4, 2006 #5
    You'd be better off makeing your own "sport drink". My sister just sent me this one to post.

    mix 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
    add 1/2 cup of boiling water, mix well. add 2 cups of natural orange juice, or grape juice, and a pint of water. Pour into your recycled, washed powerade bottles and enjoy!
     
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  7. May 6, 2006 #6
    Along with colour additives, its a good idea to avoid aspartame laced drinks and foods:

    Here's a published medical account of the neurotoxic effects of this and other "sweetener" additives by a Dr. H. J. Roberts :

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/18...v=glance&n=283155&tagActionCode=masternewmedi

    Here's a history about aspartame/nutrasweat etc... it may be fiction but, amazingly, every point is verafiable:

    http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sep...te_when_donald_rumsfeld_was_ceo_of_searle.htm
     
  8. May 6, 2006 #7

    Math Is Hard

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    Since when does Powerade contain aspartame?
     
  9. May 7, 2006 #8

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    There was another discussion some time ago on the types of claims made in these "popular" books on the subject. https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=80549

    However, there is this new article that both reiterates that aspartame alone is really not a concern, but raises the new question of whether it has a different effect in combination with other food additives.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/..._uids=16352620&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum

    Of course, it is an in vitro study, and there's no guarantee the outcome is similar to what happens in vivo. See DocToxyn's caution about interpreting toxicological studies in the thread I linked to above.

    However, I don't see what this has to do with Powerade or sports drinks, as they generally do not include artificial sweeteners, but real sugar as an energy source.
     
  10. May 7, 2006 #9
    My apologies for stepping outside the boundaries of this thread. I am fairly sure there are sports drinks with aspartame, matol and other artificial "sweeteners" in them. Every major soft drink has a "non-sweetened" counterpart, so, I can't believe there isn't a similar campaign with poweraids and gadoraids.

    I also understand that caffeine is a staple ingredient in most of the soft drinks south of our mutual boarder. Its even in Mountaindoo. This was flabbergasting to me since I used to trust Mountaindoo to deliver nothing but a nice sugar rush and a good taste. Now I don't support any of these companies... well, unless you count a peepsi slushee. Peepsi proudly defends its use of caffeine as it is a remnant of the recipe peepsee reverse-engineered from coke, the original cola.

    On this side of the boarder gas stations and supermarkets offer nothing but aspertame gums, just for your info. I've taken to ripping open my vintage baseball card packages for the great gum in those. (not really)
     
  11. May 8, 2006 #10

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    What would the point be of a non-sweetened or artificially sweetened sports drink? It doesn't make a lot of sense to sell a sports drink without sugar, since the point is to quickly replenish sugar and electrolytes (salts) lost during exercise. They aren't meant for the same purpose as soft drinks, which really have no purpose other than to tickle our taste buds.
     
  12. May 8, 2006 #11

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    Where did you get the idea that marketing makes any sense :yuck:

    Who are you and what have you done with Moonbear:rofl:
     
  13. May 8, 2006 #12
    I have never seen sports drinks that are sugar free. There are several energy drinks that are..like Red Bull. And only people with out any common sense would drink a energy drink after a full work out.
     
  14. May 8, 2006 #13

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    Don't know personally, since I'm a really really bad consumer.
    but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_drink
    "This market shift has led some sports drinks manufacturers to specifically target and develop products aimed at non-athletes, such as low-sodium or low-calorie sports drinks."
     
  15. May 8, 2006 #14
    Hmmm lol....I'll have two double cheeseburgers, XL frys..and a diet sports drink? Jeez, I can almost see it happening...


    Tho a lower in sodium one, cause many people who walk/jog for there heart, are also on lower salt diets, makes sense.
     
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