Is Gatorade the same as oral rehydration salts?

Gatorade is a sport drink that contains many of the same ingredients as oral rehydration salts, but it is not defined as an oral rehydration salt. Although Gatorade does replenish electrolytes, potassium, sugar and salt (among other substances) lost during exercise, and may be used for adults suffering with diarrhea and vomiting, Gatorade should not be given to children as a substitute for oral rehydration salts. Oral rehydration salts rely on very specific combinations of salts, minerals, sugars, and fluids to address the risk of dehydration. 

Continue Learning about Nutritive Agent

Will the FDA Regulate Supplement Safety?
Will the FDA Regulate Supplement Safety?
The teaser for the 2018 film Vitamania, a documentary about the history of supplements, recounts a disastrous 1913 Antarctic trek. The last two remain...
Read More
What are possible side effects of using supplements?
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhDDebra Fulghum Bruce PhD
Sometimes a supplement or herb may counteract the effects of your prescription medication, leavi...
More Answers
Are supplements safe?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Dietary supplements are safe when used as directed. This means taking the recommended dosage as ...
More Answers
Can eucalyptus oil help me breathe?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Eucalyptus oil can help you breathe easier and kill off bacteria in your lungs. Watch as Dr. Oz ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.