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Old 04-29-2006, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

Stupid question but I've started buying gatorade, etc. at the store to keep in my apartment to drink. Usually get large 2 liter type bottles on discount

often I'll have a bottle on my computer desk then I'll crash out for the night and wake up and open it up and take a swig or two. I haven't died from leaving it out unrefridgerated then drinking it (yet)

why does gatorade say you must refridgerate after opening ? I mean I can see why you would have to for something with dairy in it but why gatorade which is basically just sugar water?
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:30 AM   #2
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Because it sucks warm dude!
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:31 AM   #3
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

To keep bacteria from growing in it.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:32 AM   #4
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I've seen mold growing in crystal light. It took 2 weeks, but hey.

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Old 04-29-2006, 02:34 AM   #5
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

Unlike pepsi and other forms of pop, which have a lot of sugar and thus are not very conducive to bacterial growth, gatorade has just enough sugar and salt to make it a prime environment for bacteria. I've found it tastes especially sour and strange if left out for a while. Plus I prefer it cold.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:37 AM   #6
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

I leave it out all the time, but it does taste better cold.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:48 AM   #7
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Unlike pepsi and other forms of pop, which have a lot of sugar and thus are not very conducive to bacterial growth, gatorade has just enough sugar and salt to make it a prime environment for bacteria. I've found it tastes especially sour and strange if left out for a while. Plus I prefer it cold.
Hm, and I guess the carbonation in the soda makes it slightly acidic. I seem to remember the term "carbonic acid" used in association with carbonated water. Maybe that's part of the reason?

Now that I think about it, that kind of sucks. Brace yourselves, some people will probably throw up over this, but I like soda both flat and room temperature. I wonder now if removing the CO2 might actually make it a more ideal baterial playground. Hm.....
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:41 AM   #8
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Try this;

open Gatorade bottle,
drink 1/2 of the contents,
put the cap back on, and let the bottle sit for 2 weeks, at room temp.

Open the bottle, pour the contents thru a paper coffee filter.

Have a barf bag nearby.

Now do the same with Pepsi, or Coke,
no barf bag needed.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:00 AM   #9
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

The warning is not to be taken lightly. I used to drink gallons of the stuff and would leave the containers around unrefrigerated. Well, let's just say, stuff will grow in there, and I don't drink so much gatorade anymore.

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Old 04-29-2006, 08:11 AM   #10
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

They say bottled spring water should be refridgerated after opening also because it's not chlorinated and stuff grows in it too. Not as fast as anything with sugar though.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:31 AM   #11
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To prevent the growth of mold.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:33 AM   #12
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

because you can't spell refrigerated.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:35 AM   #13
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Gatorade is a nutrient rich solution. Somewhat similiar to the mediums laboratories use to grow bacteria, mold, etc. Therefore a perfect place for bad things to grow and hence the need for refigeration.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:48 AM   #14
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I saw an unopened bottle of gaterade which some black stuff floating on the surface. Aparently it wasn't clean before it was sold to me.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:57 AM   #15
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gatorade has almost as much sugar as water :-P Well maybe not that much but check out the surgars! 35grams in my gatorade rain bottle. Sugar = perfect food for many bacteria to grow! Believe me, your mouth is not a sterile environment and no matter how hard you try you still get some back wash.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:59 AM   #16
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hmm. im probably going to grow into a big fungus seeing that i drink gatorade warm from time to time...
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:11 AM   #17
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Anything drink with sugar will grow mold if you leave it out for a while.
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:15 AM   #18
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So why does it grow easier in Gatorade than sodas?
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:28 AM   #19
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So why does it grow easier in Gatorade than sodas?
Gatorade has salt, which the bugs like, sodas are acidic, which they don't like so much.
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:31 AM   #20
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Default Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

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Try this;

open Gatorade bottle,
drink 1/2 of the contents,
put the cap back on, and let the bottle sit for 2 weeks, at room temp.

Open the bottle, pour the contents thru a paper coffee filter.

Have a barf bag nearby.

Now do the same with Pepsi, or Coke,
no barf bag needed.


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Old 04-29-2006, 11:41 AM   #21
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cuz if exposed to sunlight or heat, vitamin c would be transformed into cancer-causing chemical, benzene.
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:52 AM   #22
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It's because of the gator juice, you must refrigerate animal products otherwise they will spoil...
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