The Big Difference Between Pedialyte And Gatorade

Staying hydrated is vital to your overall health. Not drinking enough water or liquids can cause you to become dehydrated, which can make it difficult for your body to perform its most basic and necessary functions. When you're dehydrated, your body loses both water and electrolytes, which are required for proper muscle and nerve function.

That's why rehydration drinks like Pedialyte and Gatorade are so important (via Healthline). They can effectively reverse and prevent dehydration and are much more efficient at rehydrating than water due to their high electrolyte content. But what exactly is the difference between the two drinks, and which one is better for you?

Both Pedialyte and Gatorade are made from water, sugar, and electrolytes like potassium and sodium and are designed to help replenish the water your body loses through sweat, breath, and urine or by simply not drinking enough water. The main differences between the two rehydration drinks, however, are their nutritional content and their target audience.

Pedialyte vs Gatorade: Which one is better?

On average, Pedialyte contains less sugar and calories and has a higher concentration of sodium and potassium than Gatorade. Pedialyte is also typically marketed as a rehydration drink for people of all ages (via Healthline). Gatorade, on the other hand, contains more sugar and less electrolytes and is intended to rehydrate adult athletes.

While Pedialyte and Gatorade are often used interchangeably, they were both designed to hydrate different people in different situations. Gatorade is better for athletic performance and endurance training. It has a higher carbohydrate content, which can give athletes a much-needed boost of energy.

Pedialyte works better for people recovering from the stomach flu and other viruses. Its lower carbohydrate content is better suited for people experiencing diarrhea and vomiting. Pedialyte also works well for people recovering from hangovers (via Health). While it's not a hangover cure, it can help you rehydrate after a night of drinking. Drinking Pedialyte before going to bed can help ensure that you don't wake up dehydrated in the morning.