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    Alternatives to Gatorade that aren't as sweet

    I find that Gatorade irritates my teeth from the sweetness after a few hours of exercise. What are some good alternatives that aren't as sweet?

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    WATER WATER WATER.... or buy the gatorade powder and only make it with half the recommended amount of crystals, a little watered down but not as sweet either.

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    Try hammer nutrition's HEED

    it has half the sugar at least of Gatorade

    mild taste as well nothing too overwhelming

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    Endurolytes from Hammer Nutrition, no sugar.

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    I prefer Cytomax, doesn't taste terrible, and works well.

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    Poweraid zero plus Heed or Perpetum mix or H2O with endurolyte pills.

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    Cliff shot, 91% organic, good sugar (cane sugar) and tast good.

    But water is the thing to drink, unless you ride for hours..

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    I've been hearing things about Pedialyte. Apparently it's got less sugar than Gatorade. I'm thinking of giving it a shot and seeing how it works out.

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    I prefer water and gels/ gu's every 20-30 minutes on long rides.

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    infinit nutrion can make a mix exactly as sweet as you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapinGTI View Post
    Cliff shot, 91% organic, good sugar (cane sugar) and tast good.

    But water is the thing to drink, unless you ride for hours..

    I started using this when I moved to Tejas from SoCal. Not as sweet as Gatorade but effectively replaces electrolytes. When I did the straight water thing I would have issues riding in the heat for more than two hours and gave the Cliff Shot a try. So far so good, but I usually will drink two bottles of water first and use the Cliff Shot as my last bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COLINx86 View Post
    I prefer Cytomax, doesn't taste terrible, and works well.
    I've tried just about everything and always go back to Cytomax.
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    Nuun tablets. no sugar, only electrolytes. I have a large jar of HEED right now but I drink it doluted, a bit sweet for me. FWIW I'm also a big Cytomax fan.

    Honestly, behind powerade, i don't think theres a worse/sweeter drink you could use than Gatorade..

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    I like Cytomax but at about 60% regular strength.
    I like to ride bikes.

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    You must be a early 90's throw back or something! I can't really begin to suffer without the Cyto taste in mouth. Much better than the old Exceed. Ah, the good old taste of Fresh Apple or Fruit Punch in the FL humidity brings back some memories!

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    + 1 for HEED. One of the better tasting sports drinks out there IMO. If i dont like how it tastes while racing, i'm less likely to drink as much as i should. I've found it easy on the stomach, too.

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    Water and a pinch of sea salt. Never had cramps since. Use GU (or equivalent) for your sugar. Advantages: cheap and clean. No more scuzzy bottles.

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    ultima powder. or. pedilyte

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    I'd suggest trying Hammer HEED. It's all natural and is very mild. The orange (think creamsicle) or melon are my favs. I use it on any ride up to about the 3.5 hr mark and hit an occasional gel maybe once an hour.

    Just about anything is better than Gatorade though (gator-gut, anyone?). Once you find a better all-natural alternative you will never go back.

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    Gu Brew for me. The blueberry pomegranate contains a lot more electrolytes than Heed and doesn't use sugar alcohol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailNRG View Post
    You must be a early 90's throw back or something! I can't really begin to suffer without the Cyto taste in mouth. Much better than the old Exceed. Ah, the good old taste of Fresh Apple or Fruit Punch in the FL humidity brings back some memories!
    Oh yeah, fresh apple in Miami. That's where it all started In 93.
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    Quote Originally Posted by estabro View Post
    I prefer water and gels/ gu's every 20-30 minutes on long rides.
    What he said . . .

    Another option is two water bottles, one sports drink, one water, and first drink your sports drink and then follow with water right after. Bit of a pain for a short race, but not so bad on longer endurance events and fine for training ...
    You can also do this with hydration packs using two bladders half full for example....

    Been a diabetic for couple years and just started insulin this summer so been reading a lot on nutrition, blood sugar, plus testing with meter. From what I have learned so far is gels, candy, or any sugary drink (such as pop, juice, sports drink) will keep your blood glucose up.

    Of course what you can tolorate is always a personal thing and even that varies from event to event and day to day

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    Quote Originally Posted by pernfilman View Post
    Try hammer nutrition's HEED

    it has half the sugar at least of Gatorade

    mild taste as well nothing too overwhelming
    +1

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    Water with a squirt of lemon

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    Water and a multi vitamin?
    Cytomax at 1/2 strength (or even 1/4)

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