Facts About Coconut Water Trendy Sports Drink

Sports - General
By: BonnieDossKnight    
06-Dec-2012

Introduction:If you run in the sports circle, you're probably drinking coconut water, the sports drink that is now trending. If you shop for groceries, you may have noticed that coconut water is located in prime real estate on grocer's shelves.

  • 01

    What Is Coconut Water Anyway?

    It's the liquid tapped from healthy, immature coconuts. The "water" is sweet and contains electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, along with other beneficial compounds, like various enzymes.

    You'll find this energy drink in bottles and packets. Just be aware, that due to added preservatives, you're not getting unspoiled coconut water. Like other things man has messed with you can't count on getting all its natural benefits.

  • 02

    Where Do We Get Coconut Water?

    It originates in tropical areas where coconuts are prolific. While locals have long enjoyed sipping it through a straw, straight from the coconut shell, most of the coconuts we get in the U.S. are imports from Malaysia and Thailand.

    Water drank from coconuts is considered a nutritious and refreshing drink.

  • 03

    Are There Scientific Data to Support Health Claims?

    At a recent American Chemical Society meeting, it was reported that coconut water contains higher levels of potassium than sports drinks such as Gatorade.

    This could be a breakthrough for those people who work out strenuously on a daily basis. Serious workouts cause significant amounts of potassium and sodium loss. By replenishing potassium, muscle cramps might be averted.

  • 04

    Which Is Better After Exercise - Coconut Water or Gatorade?

    According to advertisements, coconut water is a low-calorie way to balance electrolytes lost due to excessive sweating. It's true that sodium and potassium must be replenished following strenuous exercise. Gatorade would be your best bet to replenish sodium and potassium.

    But if you just spend an hour or two at the gym, you won't perspire enough to require replacement. Water is all you'll need to stay hydrated.

  • 05

    How Does Sodium In Coconut Water Compare With Gatorade?

    The study found that on the average, Gatorade contained about 300 mg. potassium and 600 mg sodium per liter.

    Coconut water had about 1500 mg potassium and 400 mg sodium per liter.

    Researchers suggested that athletes who sweat profusely might do better sticking with Gatorade. Coconut water doesn't contain enough sodium to replace the loss.

    Bottom line - if your goal is to impress the in-crowd drink your coconut water. It tastes delicious and won't harm your health.







Comments

  • penelope7 12/7/2012 Flag This Comment

    Another reason to love a Coconut; its water! Never knew it was vitamin packed. I'm going to check it out. I learned something here H5

  • jseven 12/7/2012 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for some great info. I like coconut water and will get some again as I get muscle cramps in my legs at night sometimes. H5

  • hummingbirdee 12/7/2012 Flag This Comment

    This is an interesting list. When I was a lot younger, I lived in Samoa for a short period. I loved to drink the coconut water directly from the coconut. However, it did not taste good if it wasn't a new fresh one right off of the tree. I had no idea it had such great qualities.

  • goodselfme 12/6/2012 Flag This Comment

    My Daddy used to drink coconut milk from the coconut and I tried it as a child and did not like it. Maybe will try it again now.thank you for this great information.

  • dptstretch 12/6/2012 Flag This Comment

    interesting list...h5 :)

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