Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Fitness

Get Email Updates

Resource Centers

Fitness Guide

Christine Jeffries

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Coconut Water: Nature's Sports Drink?

By Jody Smith HERWriter
 
Rate This
Coconut Water: Nature's Sports Drink? 5 5 1
Could coconut water be nature's equivalent to a sports drink?
iStockphoto/Thinkstock

Coconut water has been developing a reputation as a natural sports drink.

Drinking it may make you feel like you're on the cutting edge of coolness, not to mention the newest of the new where health is concerned.

There is something exotic about knowing your drink came out of a coconut. Though you have a bottle or can in your hand, you're picturing yourself holding a coconut with a straw in it, sipping through the straw.

It has a flavor that defies description, tasting like no other drink you may have tried. And there may be something reassuring about knowing this drink is natural, with no added unpronounceable ingredients.

But is it a sports drink?

Depending on who you ask, you will get everything from an enthusiastic "Absolutely!" to an unconvinced "No way." This of course is not unusual when any natural product is discussed.

Still the challenge is to determine what the truth is, in this case, about coconut water.

ScienceDaily.com reported that the American Chemical Society confirmed that coconut water is a sports drink from Mother Nature herself. However this statement needs to be balanced with other available observations.

Chhandashri Bhattacharya, PhD, from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, said that coconut water does not rival sports drinks like Gatorade for the serious athlete.

Bhattacharya said that coconut water has five times the potassium found in Powerade or Gatorade.

Because the usual American diet does not contain an abundance of potassium and tends to have too much sodium, coconut water could be a good addition to the diets of non-athletic Americans.

A team of researchers including Bhattacharya found that coconut water contained far more potassium and less sodium than Gatorade and Powerade.

The drinks had similar amounts of magnesium and carbohydrates. While lower sodium is good for those who aren't involved in strenuous sports, it is not such a good thing for athletes who sweat a lot.

On the other hand, WebMD.com reported that Dr. Alan Greene recommended coconut water for people who have been exercising for more than an hour, or who have been exercising strenuously.

Add a Comment1 Comments

Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Jody

Coconut water was all the rage on the tennis circuits this summer. Most of my team hated the taste, others thought it was "ok" and nobody liked it! It also seemed to depend on the brand.

I stuck to bananas and water with some added vitamins (I sweat tremendously and it was in the upper 90s all summer and we compete outside! ) and I was ok. I still haven't tried coconut water - looking at my team-mates' faces when they drank it was enough for me! Maybe I'll take a sip this week and see how it tastes!

Susan

August 21, 2012 - 11:05am
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Improved

1706 Health

Changed

642 Lives

Saved

497 Lives
7 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Are you happy with your appearance?:
View Results