Does Powerade Have Caffeine?

Q:Does Powerade have caffeine?

A:Powerade does not have caffeine. The purpose of Powerade is to provide the body with electrolytes that are lost through sweat during an intense workout. It also supplies the body with hydration.

Caffeine is not a necessary ingredient in a sports drinks like Powerade or Gatorade because it does not aid in hydration or provide electrolytes. However, there is not sufficient evidence to suggest that caffeine actually dehydrates the body in a significant manner. It may promote increased urination but it does not cause a loss of fluid above what was consumed in a caffeinated beverage[source].

Below is an example of the ingredients found in Powerade. The electrolytes provided in Powerade are sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Note that caffeine would be listed in the ingredients if it were actually added to the product.

Ingredients

Powerade Orange: Water, high fructose corn syrup, less than 0.5% of: citric acid, salt and mono-potassium phosphate and magnesium chloride and calcium chloride (electrolyte sources), gum acacia, natural flavors, glycerol ester of rosin, yellow 5, yellow 6, vitamin b3 (niacinamide), vitamin b6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin b12, ascorbic acid (to protect taste), calcium disodium edta (to protect color).

Powerade Zero Orange:Water, less than 1% of: citric acid, salt and mono-potassium phosphate and magnesium chloride and calcium chloride (electrolyte sources), natural flavors, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, vitamin b3 (niacinamide), vitamin b6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin b12, yellow 5, yellow 6, ascorbic acid (to protect taste), calcium disodium edta (to protect color).
 

Powerade Nutrition Facts

ProductServing SizeCaloriesTotal Fat (g)Sodium (mg)Potassium (mg)Total Carbs (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)Niacin (% DV)Vitamin B6 (% DV)Vitamin B12 (% DV)Magnesium (% DV)
Mountain Berry Blast12 fl oz800150352121015%15%15%
Fruit Punch12 fl oz800150352221015%15%15%
Orange12 fl oz800150352221015%15%15%
Grape12 fl oz800150352121015%15%15%
Melon12 fl oz800150352121015%15%15%
White Cherry12 fl oz800150352121015%15%0%
Twisted Blackberry12 fl oz800150352121015%15%15%
Lemon Lime12 fl oz800150352221015%15%15%
Watermelon Strawberry Wave12 fl oz800150352121015%15%15%
Tropical Mango12 fl oz800150352121015%15%15%
Strawberry Lemonade12 fl oz800150352221015%15%15%
Lemonade12 fl oz800150352221015%15%0%
Kiwi Pineapple12 fl oz800150352221015%15%0%
Citrus Passionfruit12 fl oz800150352221015%15%0%

 

Powerade Zero Nutrition Facts

ProductServing SizeCaloriesTotal Fat (g)Sodium (mg)Potassium (mg)Total Carbs (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)Niacin (% DV)Vitamin B6 (% DV)Vitamin B12 (% DV)
Mixed Berry12 fl oz0015035<10015%15%15%
Fruit Punch12 fl oz0015035<10015%15%15%
Orange12 fl oz0015035<10015%15%15%
Grape12 fl oz0015035<10015%15%15%
Strawberry12 fl oz0015035<10015%15%15%

 
Source: www.us.powerade.com
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