Does powerade go bad?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does powerade go bad?” and tell you how to spot spoiled powerade. We will also tell you how to store powderade. We will also discuss why athletes drink powerade and if an average person should drink powerade everyday.

Does powerade go bad?

Yes, powerade can go bad if not stored properly. You should look at the ‘best before’ or ‘expiry’ date on the powerade bottle to get an idea about when the quality of powerade will start to decline. When stored properly, powerade can be consumed 9 months past expiry.

The ‘best before’, ‘best if used by’ or ‘sell by’ dates do not depict safety but rather give us an idea about the amount of time a product will stay in its best quality. After these dates, the product is not necessarily spoiled, but will not have the same quality. For example the taste and texture will be different or not enjoyable.

The only way to make sure that powerade has gone bad is by looking at the signs of spoilage that we will discuss in the next section.

How to tell if powerade has gone bad?

You can tell if powerade has gone bad if it has one or more of the following signs of spoilage.

  • If the smell of powerade has changed and it is really bad, it is a sign that powerade has gone bad.
  • If you notice any color change in it, then it has gone bad.
  • Look at its texture. If you see any solidification, then the drink has gone bad and should not be consumed.
  • The drink may also start to separate if kept for too long and if it has gone bad. Look for any visible particles inside the drink.
  • If all else looks fine, then give it a little taste test and see if it tastes alright. Powerade that has gone bad will definitely taste really bad.

How to store powerade?

Powerade, when unopened, can be kept in a cool, dark place. You should keep it away from light and high temperatures. This is because powerade comes in a plastic bottle. Higher temperatures can cause chemical reactions in the bottle, the products of which may then mix with the powerade and prove to be toxic when consumed.

Once opened, seal the cap back on tightly and put it in the refrigerator. Powerade can stay good for about 3-5 days in the refrigerator. You can use it past 5 days but you should thoroughly inspect it for any signs of spoilage listed above.

Why do athletes drink powerade?

Powerade contains electrolytes which help the body in staying hydrated. When an athlete trains, he sweats a lot and loses the electrolytes such as sodium and potassium with it. These electrolytes help in retaining fluid volume in the body so that the person stays hydrated. Powerade replaces all of these lost electrolytes and helps in staying hydrated.

In addition, muscles of the body require carbohydrates when working out as a source of energy. People who do high intensity workouts need extra carbohydrates other than the ones they get from their diet in order to be able to perform those high intensity exercises. Powerade provides enough carbohydrates for them to work out efficiently. 

Learn more about powerade and its benefits here.

Should an average person drink powerade everyday?

It is believed that powerade and other sports drinks are best only for athletes who do extreme and high intensity workouts everyday.

An average person who moderately works out should only drink water and not powerade because powerade has a lot of sodium which when consumed in high amounts, can lead to heart diseases and high blood pressure.

In addition, if you are someone who is trying to lose weight, then it is best to avoid sports drinks as it has a lot of carbohydrates in it. You should only drink water to keep you hydrated.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does powerade go bad?” and told you how to spot spoiled powerade. We also told you how to store powderade. We also discussed why athletes drink powerade and if an average person should drink powerade everyday.

Citations

https://www.powerade.co.nz/sports-hydration/powerade-and-the-science-of-hydration

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.