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Old 12-07-17, 06:20 AM   #1
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Old Gatorade

Hello everyone, I hope all is well for you.

While this is meant as a training/nutrition post, one actually must qualify for this forum to know what I am talking about.

Back in the 70's when I raced motocross, Gatorade came in a glass bottle in two flavors, original and orange. If you were not thirsty it was hard to drink, but if you were exhausted and heated up, there was nothing finer than pulling that bottle from a cooler of ice and emptying it. I believe they call it "scientifically designed to taste best when you need it" or something like that.

What the heck happened? I know it is now a multi-million dollar industry but the magic is gone from it. More like a kiddy drink than anything now. It would be great if they sold a 'vintage' version or something like that.

I can also remember a Leon Wollek was selling a sport drink called Gookinade (not sure if I remember right!). I do remember we met him and he really impressed my father. Great memories!

Anyhow, if you do remember the old Gatorade, I need to ask is there any good sport drink that reminds you of it now days?

thanks for reading my rambling..
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Old 12-07-17, 07:29 AM   #2
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remember when it came out yes. I'm not sure if the original then was different from the original now (lemon-lime). The original and the orange still hit the spot for me

I still only drink the original green or the orange

some people mix their own sports drinks from brands like nuun and skratch lab, less sugary
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Old 12-07-17, 08:07 AM   #3
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I like Nuun...less sugar and it has caffeine!

I remember how Gatorade used to taste...like sweat.
And Listerine tastes different.
And Vernor's Ginger Ale tastes different.

All ruined by corporate marketing geeks to achieve mass appeal.
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#Flip Flop Rider
I like Nuun...less sugar and it has caffeine!

I remember how Gatorade used to taste...like sweat.
And Listerine tastes different.
And Vernor's Ginger Ale tastes different.

All ruined by corporate marketing geeks to achieve mass appeal.
I think less to do with marketing and more to do with profit margins. They used to taste different because they were made with sugar, and now they are of course made with high fructose corn syrup. That's why everybody loves a Mexican Coke, and every other soft drink has a "throwback" version made with sugar. They know it tastes different. But it's also cheaper to make.

I choose my Gatorade by which flavor is the most palatable when warm. That's currently the awfully named Arctic Blitz, which is also a terrible color (looks like melted soap) but it goes down easy when the sun has heated it to 80.
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I've always been of the opinion that they realized that more people will drink Gatorade if they make it taste better. Doesn't matter if they are involved in high effort sports or not. Which is why I think it taste terrible while cycling and I can't drink it while cycling without getting stomach cramps. Maybe it's because I've been low-salt for a while. Gatorade has way too much sodium for me. Even when I ride in the 100 degree summers we have here, I can't use that much salt.

It's certainly not their fault that sedentary people think that they have to have electrolytes and other stuff that boost their performance at sitting. But I feel that's their main consumer. Maybe I'm wrong.
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#Flip Flop Rider
I like Nuun...less sugar and it has caffeine!

I remember how Gatorade used to taste...like sweat.
And Listerine tastes different.
And Vernor's Ginger Ale tastes different.

All ruined by corporate marketing geeks to achieve mass appeal.
nuun for me too!
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Original Gatorade

I remember when we were doing 2-a-days high school football. On the way home from the 2nd practice we would stop and get an ice cold cola flavored gatorade. To me, it tasted a lot better than the lime or orange flavored ones. It sure helped to recover faster.
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All great points. Thanks for letting me reminisce and I will look into Nuun.
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I first started drinking Gatorade in the early 1990s (might have even been 1990) when I first started cycling "seriously". After all, that's what you were supposed to drink.

As I recall, it came in the flavours Ick (lemon/lime) and Vomit (Orange). Where I lived, I couldn't find Ick very often, but did use it when I could find it because it was just barely tolerable. Vomit, on the other hand did indeed taste just like vomit to me. I couldn't even stand the smell. I couldn't get close to it. So I just drank water.

But then, in 2001 when I started long distance cycling, I tried again and found that Ick and Vomit had changed to something that was actually reasonably drinkable (something that sort of resembled lemon-lime and orange) up to about 100 km. But you wouldn't want to use them on longer rides than that. Powerade was better. HEED was much better.

And then nearly a decade ago, I returned to just plain water again and I use electrolyte tablets. Much better for the teeth.
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My favorite flavor, cherry red. (Technically Fruit Punch I believe)

I'm a bit younger then some of you guys. Hiking deep in the woods recently I actually stumbled upon one of the old glass Gatoraide bottles you reference and brought it home to put on a shelf of old glass bottles I collect like some sort of antique relic. I don't personally ever recall drinking from glass.
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Gatorade

I drink pickle juice and then eat the pickle.
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Old 12-08-17, 11:19 AM   #12
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As I recall, it came in the flavours Ick (lemon/lime) and Vomit (Orange).
This. +100.

All sports drinks taste terrible to me. I prefer to mix my own from DripDrop. It's pricey but good. When I can't find it I'll buy one-shot packets of Emergen-C or powdered Gatorade, but they taste foul -- that awful, bitter fake sweetener. I'd rather just add my own sugar if I want it sweet.

The one-shot mixes in Mylar packets are great. Stick 'em in my saddle bag, jersey pocket, whatever. They never get wet or leak.

I used to carry NUUN and similar tablets, but the Mylar packets are handier. I still carry generic glucose tablets for bonks (lifelong bouts with hypoglycemia, although best controlled with diet, exercise and rest).
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Much better for the teeth.
I assume you are talking about the citric acid that is added to so many drinks for flavoring, but is hell on tooth enamel.

What I've done in the past is to grind up calcium carbonate tablets into a powder, then add that to the drink to raise the pH toward neutral. I used pH test papers to confirm the change.
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One nuun tablet in a 25 oz water bottle

annnnddd.....

A big tablespoon dollop of local raw honey...or two.

Rocket fuel I tell ya!
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A side piece of trivia: Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade was a commuting cyclist. I recall seeing him riding on campus in my early undergraduate years at UF.

The Gators here may remember that the first football game where Gatorade was provided was UF vs. LSU in 1965. The Gators beat the then #5 ranked Tigers - can Gatorade take the credit?
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I used to drink it in the 70s as a hangover remedy. I don't recall that it tasted any different then, but perhaps my taste buds were numb.
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It really was an acquired taste. It was essentially...well, it tasted like...saltwater with some sugar and a flavoring in it.



And, like others mentioned above, if I drink the stuff...which isn't often...I only drink the original lemon-lime, or orange.
All the whacky flavors and types they have now...there aren't really "flavors." When people buy it at concession stands they just say "I'll have a blue/green/orange/purple Gatorade."

The original flavors were lemon-lime, and orange. Who remembers what the third flavor/color was they produced?

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Only thing original about those flavors is the color. They are just as bad as all the rest of them now.

I remember a third flavor, I just can't remember what it was... turning out to be a good 'remember when".

Cool picture. Absolutely undrinkable from a can...
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I think the 3rd flavor was fruit punch or red, but not 100% sure.

used to drink the green out of the original glass bottle
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While preparing for the colonoscopy, the doctor recommended Ultima Replenisher. Since then, I have been using this product.

Ultima Replenisher - clean electrolyte hydration, done right!
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While preparing for the colonoscopy, the doctor recommended Ultima Replenisher. Since then, I have been using this product.

Ultima Replenisher - clean electrolyte hydration, done right!
looks good, thanks for the heads up, will try it also
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juice of 1 lemon .... juice of 1 orange ... one cup of coconut water ... 1/4 teaspoon of salt (rock or sea salt or Himalayan salt), a tablespoon of organic maple syrup .... and you have a really good electrolyte replacement drink that does not contain aspartine and other junk

and another good one .... V8 vegetable juice is very good (from what I have researched)

and .....

if you are exhausted during a ride, try drinking one of those chocolate milkshakes .... here in the UK, we have Frijj .... amazing stuff .... massive sugar hit ... :


and even an ice cold Coca Cola does wonders ....

I've never tried red bull and the newer stuff, but might if nothing else helps on a very long ride

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I think the 3rd flavor was fruit punch or red, but not 100% sure.
That's it.

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Anyone ever tried one of those little 5 Hour Energy shots?

Just a shot of concentrated caffeine I suspect.
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It really was an acquired taste. It was essentially...well, it tasted like...saltwater with some sugar and a flavoring in it.



And, like others mentioned above, if I drink the stuff...which isn't often...I only drink the original lemon-lime, or orange.
All the whacky flavors and types they have now...there aren't really "flavors." When people buy it at concession stands they just say "I'll have a blue/green/orange/purple Gatorade."

The original flavors were lemon-lime, and orange. Who remembers what the third flavor/color was they produced?

Dan
Wow, I never knew Gatorade came in a can.




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