Invention Of Gatorade by Kyle Lawson

1 Dec
 The University of Florida was having some hydration issues due to their tropical and humid weather.   Dr. Robert Cade was trained at the University of Texas and was currently working at the U of F as a medical researcher.  He would go on to ask the team doctor for help on this subject.   Cade became very interested in why water was not doing the job when it came down to on field hydration for the Florida Gators.   The studies would eventually prove there is not enough electrolytes being put into the body as they were losing which would leave them with a net loss. The other conditions that come from this include blood pressure and body temperature.
            The team that Cade put together was able to gather a concoction that worked it included: water, sugar, sodium, potassium, phosphate, and lemon juice.  The gators gave credit to the drink for their win in the orange bowl.  The drink began to gain interest from all over the nation and the media.  Cade would offer the patent rights to the University but they turned him down.  He eventually partnered with Stokely-Van who was bought out by Quaker Oats in the near future.  After that Gatorade became more than a house hold name and became famous for pouring the jug of it over the winning coach.  The giants were first to pour it over the coach so in a Super Bowl win.  Gatorade was on its way to making millions and billions and then PepsiCo bought out Quaker oats.  Since then Gatorade has expanding to different drinks that improve performance like prepping you for your workout as well as helping you recover from it.  The university was able to receive benefits from the drink and collect money each and every year.  Dr. cade continues to work in the health community by studying the same subjects as well as Down syndrome and autism.
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2 Responses to “Invention Of Gatorade by Kyle Lawson”

  1. Andre Jones December 3, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    I believe water is the only true substance that can provide help in any athletic experience. Gatorade, Powerade, and any other “Sports Drinks” will not help. I am very thankful to Cade yet his product is useless, its filled with more harmful thing than electrolytes he says is needed for sports.

  2. Jordan Klein December 3, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    Kyle, that’s really interesting how they decided to make a new sports drink because of the weather in Florida. Also the amount of history behind the drink is pretty amazing as well.

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