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Coconut Water: Miracle Sports Drink or Fitness Fad?

Posted Jan 19 2011 3:52pm

Recently a client of mine asked me about coconut water. She’d seen it at her local supermarket and thought it sounded like the perfect post-workout beverage. Though I hated to burst her bubble, I urged her to save her money. When it comes to nutrition (and more specifically electrolyte replacement), there’s nothing in coconut water that cannot be found in vegetables and fruits with the possible exception of a small amount of sodium, which most people consume far too much of.

Moreover, as with most flavored waters on the market, coconut water doesn’t just contain coconut water – it also contains other synthetic ingredients your body doesn’t want or need, including “natural” flavors and added sugars. Many flavors  ZICO coconut water, for example, contain as much as 14g of sugar (that’s 3 1/2 teaspoons) per serving.

If you’re looking for a post-workout recovery beverage, you can’t do better than low- or no-fat milk . It contains the ideal ratio of complex carbohydrates and protein to restore your glycogen levels, plus more than 10% of the RDA for potassium. Furthermore, with milk you get also calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin – none of which are found in coconut water. If you’re lactose intolerant, lactose-free milk is available everywhere these days. Pair a glass of milk with a piece of fruit and you’ve got the perfect post-workout mini-meal.

Be Well,

Carolyn


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