Electrolytes in Orange Juice vs. Gatorade. Sara Sheridan 9 th Grade. Problem. What drink has more electrolytes and is consequently better for the human body-orange juice or Gatorade? Rationale. Research .
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What drink has more electrolytes and is consequently better for the human body-orange juice or Gatorade?
Electrolyte-any substance containing free ions that make the substance electrically conductive
Main electrolytes in body
Ingredients in Gatorade and Orange Juice
Why are they important?
If orange juice and Gatorade are tested for electrolyte content, then Gatorade will exhibit a higher amount of electrolytes and is therefore more beneficial to the human body.
Orange Juice (100 mL)
Gatorade (100 mL)
Distilled Water (100 mL)
Tap Water (100 mL)
Copper wires (2, 15.25 cm each)
9 Volt battery (1)
Graduated cylinder, ruler
Set up simple conductor
Repeat 5 times for each liquid
Dependent Variable-DCV measurement
Control Groups-Distilled and Tap Water
The original hypothesis stated that Gatorade would contain the most electrolytes, as opposed to orange juice. The hypothesis was supported-Gatorade had the highest DCV measurement and therefore the most electrolytes.
Problems with the experiment
More in depth research before hand
Brands of orange juice
Different flavors/varieties of Gatorade
Calculating the actual electrolyte count
(2009). Fluid and Electrolyte Balance. MedlinePlus. Retrieved from