It is sad for me as a professional chemist to find out that my highly educated colleagues from a respectful pharmaceutical and health care giant, Abbott, are playing pranks with YOU by designing and selling to you Pedialyte, a miserable chemically loaded twin of Gatorade marketed to the American children (see Food marketing to children and youth overview) as something revolutionary new and healthful. Well, I have done my best digging it out. And? And I have found nothing, zero value! It is YOUR turn now to dig the truth for yourself and for your children. Here is your shovel.
Stated value. Oral electrolyte maintenance solution.
- Quickly replaces fluid and electrolytes lost during diarrhea and vomiting to help prevent dehydration.
- Helps replenish zinc lost during diarrhea.
- Use Pedialyte rather than juices, soda, sport drinks or water, at the first sign of diarrhea or vomiting to help replace lost fluid and electrolytes. (This is a plain marketing trick for idiots – read below to see why).
DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!
True value. I have found NO essential difference between Pedialyte and Gatorade except the price. See the comparison chart below.
Main ingredients are water and glucose (dextrose) with the rest added in less than 2%, including:
- Sucralose – chlorinated sugar, an artificial sweetener (see PDF file A Role for Sweet Taste Calorie Predictive Relations in Energy Regulation). Also read recent report The 4 Best, and 3 Worst, Sweeteners
- Acesulfame potassium – another sweetener added to mask unnatural aftertaste of sucralose
- Yellow 6 – an artificial food colorant, azo-dye (Dyes Matabolized to Benzidine)
- Zinc gluconate – a questionable supplement. FDA does not consider it as a useful dietary supplement. On 16 June 2009 the FDA “warned consumers to stop using certain zinc-containing products because they may cause permanent loss of sense of smell.
This is complete hoax designed to dupe upset moms who are looking for help to their sickened child so that they tricked to pay for Pedialyte 5 times what they would pay for the Gatorade. Why the drink with the same ingredients is so overpriced? By the way, Gatorade is such a poor electrolyte that you have to drink 6 to 9 gallons of the beverage to replenish your daily potassium. There is NO indication of how much electrolytes are added to the Pedialyte, no even nutrition facts are given. But pictures of beautiful fruits are what you can see on the label. I call this the “fruit fraud.” So your child will get chlorinated sugar, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavor specifics of which are kept in secrecy and an artificial color Yellow 6 instead of the fruits. Any of the above foreign chemicals may trigger cancer, allergy, ADHD, even vomiting and diarrhea which the beverage is intended to fight against. Accordingly, you or your child will take extremely high foreign chemical risk of DDFI = 29/4 ~ 7.3 and get essentially NO nutritional value, DDNF = 4/48 ~ 0.08.
Another, “strawberry” version is ridiculously similar to the “fruit” one and is not a better one as expected. A difference? Two different artificial food colorants, Red 40 and Blue 1 (read a report: Blue Colon at Autopsy) are added in place of Yellow 6. Easy, simple, stupid and… obviously, profitable, now for $5.24 a bottle. Why? I don’t know…
DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!
We were unable to detect any Blue 1 in the beverage. This is good news but the fact rises questions: What else is listed but not added or added but not listed? Based on the ingredients list, you and your child will take even higher foreign chemicals risk of DDFI = 35/4 ~ 9 and almost ZERO nutritional value of DDNF = 4/58 ~ 0.07. No one should feed a sickened or even healthy (!) child with this waste. What kind of baby food is this?
At a first glance it may seem that 6 mg of Red 40 and 21 mg of Yellow 6 per bottle are small amounts. But consider this. Long ago, in 1976 an FDA scientist estimated that 10 percent of children between one and five years old consume more than 121 mg of dyes per day and 10 percent of children between six and 11 consume 146 mg or more. The average level might have been as high as 76 mg and the maximum as high as 315 mg per day (see PDF file Diet, ADHD and Behavior). However, taking into account that dye consumption in the USA more than doubled since 1976 (see PDF file Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks), today’s average dye exposure can be well above 150 mg per day and, hence, some 50 – 60 g per year. As you can see, this is a large amount of a foreign chemical in the human’s blood which may be enough to trigger cancers, ADHD, allergy, autism, diarrhea, vomiting, who knows what else. We have to stop this nationwide toxicology experiment on the US population simply by not buying such products. Watch this nice video: Change Behavior By Changing Your Grocery List).
Bottom line. Despite Abbott is begging you to buy Pedialyte instead of water, I am begging you the opposite: please buy filtered WATER, our natural elixir which will make you NO harm! Also, you can make and use this natural human friendly Honey Lemon Cold Remedy instead. I do hope this quick report helps to make less risky food choices for you and your kids!