Best Energy Drinks

Benjamin Bocina and Henry Yip

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Many students participate in sports. In fact, 55% of high school students engage in a sport. One of the supplies that most athletes bring to their sport is a drink. While water is the most popular, energy drinks are still an option. So now let’s see how they compare to each other in taste, healthiness, and overall quality. The three drinks being judged are Gatorade, Powerade, and Vitamin Water.

The first category is health. This category is easily won by Powerade. Powerade has the least amount of carbohydrates, with a total of 5¾ teaspoons of sugar. This beats out both Gatorade, with 9 tablespoons, and Vitamin Water, with 6¾ tablespoons. Keep in mind, though, that Vitamin Water contains the most vitamins so that may shift the odds in its favor. 

The second category is taste. This comes down to personal preference, but we believe that the order is as follows: Gatorade, Vitamin Water, and Powerade. Gatorade wins because it has a lot of sugar. This is the sad truth, that the more unhealthy foods often end up tasting better. In terms of Vitamin Water, it’s mainly just sweeter and tastes more pleasant than the worst one. As for Powerade, it kind of has a Gatorade flavor, but it doesn’t pull it off. In our opinion, it’s a bit of an off-putting flavor.

The last category is a hard one. Overall, though, the best drink is Vitamin Water. While it does have a lot of sugar, its vitamin content outweigh that negative. It also doesn’t taste too bad. It scores pretty well in both categories. Gatorade and Powerade are just too unhealthy.

To conclude, it seems as though all the drinks are pretty similar. Powerade kind of rips off of Gatorade and Vitamin Water tries to be a healthy sports drink. It seems as though Vitamin Water succeeds, and Gatorade is unhealthy but tasty. So if there’s one thing you can take away from this, it’s that Powerade is the worst sports drink of the three. Of course, this list is not set in stone, as there are many other facets to consider. Just remember, for the next time you have a sports practice or athletic event, choose wisely!

Works Cited

“Gatorade, the Sports Fuel Company.” Gatorade, the Sports Fuel Company, gatorade.com/.

“Powerade Sports Drink: Give Your Game Some Flavor.” POWERADE, Powerade.com/.

“Vitaminwater.” Official Vitaminwater Website, Vitaminwater.com/.