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    Is Gatorade Gluten-Free?

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      Is Gatorade gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease?

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    Celiac.com 01/06/2021 - One question we get often is about celiac disease and sports drinks, especially Gatorade. Specifically, is Gatorade gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease?

    First, it's important to distinguish which Gatorade we're actually talking about. Once upon a time the answer would have been a simple 'yes.' But these days, Gatorade makes numerous products. This article is mainly focused on Gatorade the sports hydration drink, but we will also mention their energy, protein and other special products.

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    Gatorade sports hydration drinks, like most sports hydration drinks, are made with water, sugar, salt and flavorings, along with some coloring and preservatives. The ingredients themselves are gluten-free, and so most of these drinks are likely safe for people with celiac disease.

    Now, Gatorade products are not specifically labeled gluten-free, so that means they are not tested, and not officially recommended for people with celiac disease. So, it's not officially gluten-free. However, we have been tracking Gatorade products for many years, and have fielded no complaints about any Gatorade product that is made with non-gluten ingredients. We regard Gatorade products as gluten-safe, even for people with celiac disease. As always, read labels and allergen warnings to be sure.

    Gluten-Safe Gatorade Products include all Gatorade Hydration, Gatorade Energy, and Gatorade GX products, along with Gatorade Protein products, EXCEPT Gatorade Recover Whey Protein Bars, and Gatorade Recover Whey Protein Powder, which both contain WHEAT.

    The complete list of gluten-free Gatorade products includes:

    Gluten-Safe Gatorade Hydration Products Include:

    Gatorade Thirst Quencher

    • Citrus Cooler
    • Cool Blue
    • Fierce Blue Cherry
    • Fierce Fruit Punch+Berry
    • Fierce Grape
    • Fierce Strawberry
    • Frost Arctic Blitz
    • Frost Glacier Cherry
    • Frost Glacier Freeze
    • Frost Icy Charge
    • Frost Tropical Mango
    • Fruit Punch
    • Lemon-Lime
    • Lime Cucumber
    • Orange
    • Strawberry
    • Strawberry Raspberry
    • Strawberry Watermelon
    • Tropical Cooler

    G Zero

    • Berry
    • Glacier Cherry
    • Glacier Freeze
    • Grape
    • Lemon-Lime
    • Orange


    • Cool Blue
    • Fruit Punch
    • Glacier Freeze
    • Grape
    • Lemon-Lime
    • Mixed Berry
    • Orange
    • Raspberry Lemonade

    Organic Thirst Quencher

    • Mixed Berry
    • Passionfruit
    • Strawberry

    Gatorade Juiced

    • Apple Raspberry
    • Citrus Berry Punch
    • Mixed Berry

    Gluten-Safe Gatorade Energy Products Include:

    • Gatorade Endurance Hydration Formula
    • Gatorade Gatorlytes
    • Endurance Carb Energy Chews
    • Energy Gel
    • Energy Gel with Caffeine
    • BOLT24 Antioxidant
    • BOLT24 Energize

    Gluten-Safe Gatorade Protein Products Include (ALL FLAVORS CONTAIN MILK INGREDIENTS):

    • Gatorade Super Shake
    • Gatorade Recover Protein Shake

    Gluten-Safe Gatorade GX Products Include:

    • A new hydration system – Pods filled with concentrated Gatorade formulas ready to mix with water. Gatorade calls GX a "customizable hydration system." Essentially, they are specialized dispensers with premixed Gatorade in various flavors.

    Non-Gluten-Free Gatorade Products Include:

    • Gatorade Recover Whey Protein Bar [NOT GLUTEN-FREE]
    • Gatorade Recover Whey Protein with Almond Butter Bar [NOT GLUTEN-FREE]
    • Gatorade Recover Whey Protein Powder [NOT GLUTEN-FREE]


    For more information, including products and ingredients, check the official Gatorade website at Gatorade.com.


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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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