The energy drink has a cool history behind it. Here are some fun Gatorade facts that you probably didn’t know:
1. Gatorade was developed the college football team of the University of Florida. The football team was nicknamed ‘Gators’. That is how Gatorade got its name.
2. Gatorade was developed by a team of physicians in 1965. The coach of the football team was looking for a way to prevent heat related illnesses during the game and consulted university physicians. They started working on a drink that replenishes carbohydrates and electrolytes in the body.
3. In the year 1998, Gatorade switched from glass to plastic bottles.
4. Gatorade is not Kosher certified.
5. Gatorade is fundamentally water with glucose. Salt and monopotassium phosphate supply electrolytes. Gatorade is caffeine free.
6. On its release, Gatorade came out in only one flavor.
7. Gatorade has seven different versions:
• Normal Gatorade
• Gatorade Fierce
• Shine on
• Gatorade tiger
8. Open Gatorade lasts for only 3-5 days. Unopened Gatorade expires in 9 months.
9. Cyclamate was a substance used in Gatorade that was banned by the FDA after they discovered it is a carcinogen. This substance is about 50 times sweeter than sugar.
10. 26 Gatorade flavors have been discontinued after its release in 1967, as there was no significant demand.
11. The ‘Gatorade dunk’ started in 1984. The Gatorade dunk occurs after a win when a cooler filled with Gatorade is dumped over the player’s or coach’s head. Jim Burt who played for the New York Giants NFL Team started the tradition in 1984 and others have been following suit.
12. A 20 oz bottle of Gatorade contains 125 calories which is lesser than the average of other soft drinks.