Otsuka Pocari Sweat vs. Coca Cola Japan Aquarius Drinks

When it comes to Japanese sports drinks, Pocari Sweat and Aquarius are famous and widely enjoyed in Japan.

These beverages are available in almost every store around the country, often seen in sports events.

Pocari Sweat vs. Aquarius Sports Drinks

Otsuka Pocari Sweat vs. Coca Cola Japan Aquarius

Pocari Sweat is a forerunner of the Japanese sports drink introduced by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in April 1980 with the concept of drinkable I.V.

And as a response to that, Coca-Cola Japan launched the isotonic drink brand Aquarius in April 1983.

These not only come in canned/bottled drinks, but they are also available in instant powder form.


Otsuka Pocari Sweat vs. Coca Cola Japan Aquarius Drinks Health Benefits

Otsuka Pocari Sweat contains seven ions consisting of Na+ (21 mEq/L), K+ (5), Ca2+ (1), Mg2+ (0.5), Cl- (16.5 mEq/L), citrate3- (10), and lactate- (1).

The beverage is close to human body fluid and smoothly replenishes the lost water and electrolytes after sweating.

Also, the Aquarius water’s osmotic pressure is nearly equal to human body fluid, and the beverage quickly supplies minerals and water to support your activity.


Pocari Sweat vs. Aquarius Sports Drinks Taste

Otsuka Pocari Sweat is light-tasting with less than 5 percent grapefruit juice and only leaves a faint aftertaste. 

Coca-Cala Aquarius doesn’t contain fruit juice but uses grapefruit flavoring. This beverage has a slight acidity, which sets it apart from Pocari Sweat.

Although both are tasty and easy to drink, the Pocari Sweat water has a milder taste. 


Otsuka Pocari Sweat vs. Coca Cola Japan Aquarius Drinks Ingredients

Pocari Sweat Aquarius
Sugar, Fructose corn syrup, Fruit juice, Salt, Acidifier, Flavoring, Potassium chloride, Calcium lactate, Seasoning (amino acid), Magnesium chloride, Vitamin C Fructose corn syrup, Sodium chloride, Citric acid, Flavoring, Sodium citrate, Arginine, Potassium chloride, Magnesium sulfate, Calcium lactate, Vitamin C, Sweetener (sucralose), Isoleucine, Valine, Leucine

Nutrition Facts/Calories

Otsuka Pocari Sweat vs. Coca Cola Japan Aquarius Drinks Nutrition Facts Calories

Nutritional Values
  Pocari Sweat (100 ml) Aquarius (100 ml)
Calories 25 kcal 19 kcal
Protein 0 g 0 g
Fat 0 g 0 g
Carbohydrates 6.2 g 4.7 g
Salt equivalents 0.12 g 0.1 g
Potassium 20 mg 8 mg
Calcium 2 mg
Magnesium 0.6 mg 1.2 mg
Arginine 25 mg
Isoleucine 1 mg
Valine 1 mg
Leucine 0.5 mg

(Reference Pages:, Wikipedia ポカリスエット, アクエリアス )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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