Food Critics

By Brian Kim and Aidan Sidikpramana

Gatorade vs Powerade: Which Drink is More Beneficial

When searching for a pre or post-workout beverage, customers are proposed with a similar situation. Although the two sports drinks, Gatorade and Powerade, are both trendy and taste great, one is more beneficial to overall health and the task at hand. The taste between the two drinks may vary among people subjectively, this may be because Powerade uses high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener rather than dextrose sugar like Gatorade. However, sweetness only plays a significant role in the drinks’ taste but provides no health benefits. This is because both sweeteners are relatively similar in nutrition. Both beverages also have no fat or protein. This leaves some of the only meaningful comparisons between Powerade and Gatorade in their amounts of nutrients and carbohydrates. I find Powerade sweeter and fruitier than Gatorade’s flatness, which makes it taste more like vitamins than the actual flavor labeled. In terms of health benefits, though, Powerade is also healthier than Gatorade. Gatorade not only contains more calories and sodium per serving but also has fewer micronutrients. On the contrary, Powerade supplies the body with niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, and magnesium, which are essential for the body when exercising, making it more capable of providing energy for long term activities.


Stop Eating Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is an overrated soup. Sure, at first, the creamy texture and the savory umami flavors from the clams provide a decent experience for the first five minutes of consumption, but after the heat begins to leave, clam chowder consumers are left with an overly thick chunky mess. The starch from the potatoes does not help bring this thickness down and what you are left with is something inconsumable. Clam chowder in its simplest form is just an “okay” food, and we must acknowledge this!