Coconut Water: Superstar Fitness Drink?

Is Coconut Water the new “Power Superstar” fitness water? There has been a lot of buzz about the health benefits of coconut water with mixed research. E Online wrote an article last year entitled, “Why is Every Celebrity drinking Coconut water?” Coconut water is the juice found in young, green coconuts. Unlike coconut milk, which has fat, coconut water is about 95% water, low in carbohydrates and sugar and has no fat. It is a great way to hydrate without calories, and it contains electrolytes, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate as well as small amounts of many essential amino acids. In the book “Coconut Water for Health and Healing“, Bruce Fife states that coconut water is a nutritional powerhouse with remarkable healing powers such as in dissolving kidney stones, enhancing the immune function, reducing of swelling in hands and feet, aiding in athletic performance and others. When comparing Gatorade with the Zico brand of coconut water, here are the differences, per ounce:

Gatorade: 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams sugar, 3.75 mg potassium, 13.75 mg sodium

Zico: 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 mg potassium, 5.45 mg sodium

Coconut Water has been called “nature’s” sports drink, and my opinion is that if you’re looking for something new and different, give it a try. Also it’s a lower sugar option for kids who drink a lot of sports drinks. The downside is that it tends to be a little bit more expensive. Let me know if you have tried it and what your thoughts are.

17 thoughts on “Coconut Water: Superstar Fitness Drink?”

  1. I adore coconut water. I’ve been through 4 of them since Friday already. I drink them before long runs, races, if I’m feeling “off” or if I have a hangover! The downside is definitely that coconut water is pricey.

    True story…many years ago, the year after I graduated from college, I worked at a bar. I had drank a little too much the night before and one of my customers suggested coconut water as the best hangover cure. Now, this was in 1999 so no coconut water on the market. He went to the grocery store and picked me up a real coconut which we then cut open and drained the liquid to drink. I have been convinced ever since. 🙂

  2. I love it, I’ve been drinking it for the past couple years since I discovered it. I think it’s a great alternative to sport drinks that have artificial coloring and high fructose corn syrup added. It’s best served ice cold, so I like to put mine in the freezer for a bit before I drink it, it’s really refreshing that way.

  3. We love coconut water! Not only is it great after a workout or on a hot day, but it’s incredible when you’re sick! It’s such a pick-me-up when you’re under the weather.

  4. I am wondering…is it sweet? I just tried rice water recently, which seemed more like a milk and it was very sweet and good. But I think that had stuff (like sugar) added to it.

  5. Obsessed with Coconut Water! I am a runner and a drinker and it helps hydrate me on both counts. I prefer the Vita Coco to Zico for three reasons…1) it’s in a sustainable package. 2) it’s 100% coconut water versus a watered down version 3) it tastes better!

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