Gatorade does not contain caffeine, a stimulant commonly found in coffee, tea and soda. Gatorade contains electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, which are essential for hydration and proper organ function. Electrolytes replace nutrients that are lost by the body during physical activities.
Nutritionists advise that sports drinks, such as Gatorade, should be consumed only during periods of intense activity. Gatorade is high in sugar, which can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. Water and low-fat milk are the most recommended sources of hydration. Milk also provides protein, calcium and Vitamin D, which help maintain healthy bones and teeth.