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Is Gatorade good for cycling?

This question is about Cycling
Sarah Achleithner, health and wellness writer
Yes, Gatorade can be beneficial for cycling, as it offers hydration, carbohydrates, and electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium), all of which are depleted during sports endurance performance [1]. 
Those who are salty sweaters or have trouble taking in solid calories when cycling may have success with liquid calories and electrolytes, like those found in Gatorade. Excessive salty sweating or overconsuming water only can lead to a serious condition called hyponatremia, so hydrating with Gatorade is one way to reduce this risk [2].
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  1. Shirreffs, S. M., & Sawka, M. N. (2011). Fluid and electrolyte needs for training, competition, and recovery. Journal of sports sciences, 29 Suppl 1, S39–S46. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2011.614269
  2. Hew-Butler, T., Loi, V., Pani, A., & Rosner, M. H. (2017). Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia: 2017 Update. Frontiers in medicine, 4, 21. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2017.00021

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