Why must I refridgerate Gatorade after opening ?

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  1. Valhalla1

    Valhalla1 Diamond Member

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    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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  2. Ronstang

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    Because it sucks warm dude!
     
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    To keep bacteria from growing in it.
     
  4. TitanDiddly

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    I've seen mold growing in crystal light. It took 2 weeks, but hey.

    Anti-sue measures.
     
  5. thelanx

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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.
     
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    I leave it out all the time, but it does taste better cold.
     
  7. Jeff7

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    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.....
     
  8. cavemanmoron

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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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    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.

    :disgust:
     
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    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.
     
  11. minendo

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    To prevent the growth of mold.
     
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    because you can't spell refrigerated.
     
  13. techs

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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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    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.
     
  15. Mallow

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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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    hmm. im probably going to grow into a big fungus seeing that i drink gatorade warm from time to time...
     
  17. Mrvile

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    Anything drink with sugar will grow mold if you leave it out for a while.
     
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    So why does it grow easier in Gatorade than sodas?
     
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    Gatorade has salt, which the bugs like, sodas are acidic, which they don't like so much.
     
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    omg tell me like 12 years earlier and i would have a great science project idea!
     
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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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    It's because of the gator juice, you must refrigerate animal products otherwise they will spoil...
     
  23. Smith&Jones

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    So you like sugar water? Gross.
    It might give you a buzz.
    I think they call that pruno in prison.
    Drink a t if you want, but he advised; it can pound your kidneys.
    and you could possibly die. :p

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    You don't have to refrigerate Gatorade after opening it if you can stand the warm sodium taste.
     
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    Should have ended right here......
     
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