Frequently Asked Questions About POCARI SWEAT

Why is it called POCARI SWEAT?

“POCARI” does not have any specific meaning, but conveys a light and bright feeling in Japanese. “SWEAT” is a reminder that the beverage replaces the important water and ions that are lost through perspiration.

What is the benefit of consuming an ion supply drink when you are sweating?

The fluid in our bodies contains not just water but also various ions. When we sweat, for example, we lose water and ions from our bodies. POCARI SWEAT contains a balance of water and ions that is close to that of body fluid, enabling smooth replenishment of lost moisture and ions. If you just drink water after sweating a lot, your body fluid becomes thin and diluted. In order to stop this trend, the body causes thirst to disappear, and sometimes stops absorbing water.

What are ions?

Ions are electrolytes. POCARI SWEAT contains ions such as sodium, chloride, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

How long does POCARI SWEAT
remain drinkable after the cap has been opened?

Since POCARI SWEAT contains no chemical preservatives, you should finish the bottle on the same day you open it, if you touch your mouth to the bottle when drinking it. If you pour the beverage into another container before drinking it and keep the remainder in a refrigerator, we suggest finishing the bottle in two to three days. It is best to choose a size that you can finish in a reasonably short time.

Can I take medicines with POCARI SWEAT?

We do not recommend this. It is best to take medicines with plain cold or lukewarm water, and in accordance with their directions for dosage and administration.

“No fruit juice” is written (in Japanese) on the POCARI SWEAT label,
so why is “fruit juice” listed as one of the ingredients (in Japanese)?

The labeling of fruit juice content is based on operation standards relating to the “Labeling of Soft Drinks Not Containing Fruit Juice,” established by the Japan Fair Trade Commission in 1973. If a soft drink contains less than 5% fruit juice, then the label is required to indicate “No fruit juice,” “Does not contain fruit juice,” “Zero fruit juice,” or the actual juice content percentage. However, under Japan’s Act on Standardization and Proper Quality Labeling of Agricultural and Forestry Products (JAS Law), which stipulates quality standards for processed food products, any juice content must be listed as “fruit juice” in the ingredients. POCARI SWEAT contains some fruit juice in its ingredients but the amount is less than 5%. This is why the product is labeled “No fruit juice.”

If I drink POCARI SWEAT with alcohol,
am I more likely to get drunk?

There are no reports of POCARI SWEAT increasing the speed or extent of intoxication when consumed with alcohol.
When you drink alcohol, 20% is absorbed in the stomach, and 80% is absorbed in the small intestine. Alcohol absorption is also affected by the food consumed with it, and by your physical condition. For example, if you drink on an empty stomach, the alcohol will be absorbed more quickly.
Alcohol has a diuretic effect, making you prone to dehydration. Therefore, POCARI SWEAT is suitable for consumption when drinking alcohol, since it will help replenish your water and electrolytes.

Can you get diabetes if you consume too much POCARI SWEAT?

POCARI SWEAT is not a direct cause of diabetes.
Diabetes is caused by variety of contributing factors.
POCARI SWEAT is a soft drink that contains salt and sugar, providing about 25 kilocalories per 100 milliliters.
For people at risk of diabetes, drinking POCARI SWEAT is not the only issue to consider. Please consult with a doctor or medical expert concerning your entire lifestyle, including eating and drinking habits.

Is it OK to give POCARI SWEAT to kids?
Should I dilute it before giving it to them?

The ingredients of POCARI SWEAT will not cause any strain on the body of children who have been weaned. Since diluting POCARI SWEAT deteriorates smooth absorption of water and ions (electrolytes), we recommend that it be consumed undiluted.
BeanStalk POCARI SWEAT is recommended for infants older than 3 months who have not been weaned.
(BeanStalk POCARI SWEAT is a product of Bean Stalk Snow Co., Ltd.)

I’ve heard that since POCARI SWEAT is sweet,
it is better to dilute it. Is this true?

The ingredients of POCARI SWEAT have been formulated for smooth absorption of water and ions (electrolytes) by the body. The purpose of the sugar content is to increase the speed of water absorption. If POCARI SWEAT is diluted with water, it may hamper this smooth absorption of water and ions (electrolytes). So diluting POCARI SWEAT is not recommended.

How much POCARI SWEAT can I drink in a day?

There is no particular limit on the amount you can drink.
If you are on a sugar or salt-restricted diet due to obesity or high blood pressure, consider your daily limits when drinking POCARI SWEAT, because it contains salt and sugar.

On the powdered version of POCARI SWEAT, it says,
“Do not use a metal container.” What is the reason for this?

POCARI SWEAT is an acidic liquid containing salt.
When it is in contact with metal for long periods of time, it may cause the metal to rust. The acidity could also cause the metal to leach out of the container, degrading the flavor of POCARI SWEAT or damaging the container.
Refer to any notes that came with your metal container concerning the types of beverages that it is suitable for.

Can I drink hot POCARI SWEAT?

The ingredients of POCARI SWEAT are not affected by warming, so you can drink it at your preferred temperature.
If using a microwave oven, be sure to pour your serving of POCARI SWEAT into a microwaveable container before heating it. Because its physical characteristics are affected by heat, we do not recommend warming POCARI SWEAT Jelly.

Is POCARI SWEAT acidic or alkaline?

Since POCARI SWEAT contains vitamin C and other acidic ingredients, it falls on the acid side of the pH scale.
On the other hand, its ingredients such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium turn alkaline once metabolized by the body. Since the volume of these alkaline-forming ingredients contained in POCARI SWEAT is greater than the acidic ones, it is classified as an alkaline-promoting beverage.
Consequently, POCARI SWEAT is an alkaline food product which is acidic while still in liquid form.

Is the catchphrase on the POCARI SWEAT container changed regularly?

The catchphrase is changed occasionally in order to highlight the benefits of POCARI SWEAT from new perspectives. The current catchphrase, “Ion supply,” is intended to remind customers that POCARI SWEAT is an ion supply drink. Here are some of the previous catchphrases.

Launch – 1984: Alkali ion supply drink
1984 – 1986: Isotonic drink
1986 – 1992: Ion supply
1992 – 1998: Refreshment water
1998 – 2002: Body request
2002 – present: Ion supply

The amount of POCARI SWEAT in the plastic bottle seems to be decreasing. Why is that?

The top three centimeters of the plastic bottle* is filled with nitrogen gas. As part of efforts to make our plastic bottles lighter and help protect the environment, POCARI SWEAT is bottled using a positive-pressure aseptic filling method. Since the plastic of the bottle is now thinner, nitrogen gas is injected before capping, creating positive (outward) pressure inside the container in order to strengthen it. So, even if the bottle isn’t filled right up to the cap, giving the appearance that there is not as much beverage in the bottle compared to other drinks, rest assured that it contains the correct amount of POCARI SWEAT. Since plastic bottles filled in this way are more environmentally friendly, we call them “Eco Bottles.”

* Not including 1.5 and 2 liter bottles

How should I care for the POCARI SWEAT sports bottle?

After use, wash the squeeze bottle with dish soap and a sponge, rinse well and dry; the squeeze bottle should be kept dry when not in use.
To prevent growth of yeast or molds, we recommend that you regularly disinfect the squeeze bottle in a solution of bleach (ordinary household bleach for kitchen use). Thoroughly rinse and dry the bottle after disinfecting.
The squeeze bottle is designed to withstand temperatures of up to 70°C (160°F). As high temperatures may cause the squeeze bottle to change shape, we do not recommend washing in a dishwasher.

All products mentioned are sold in Japan.