Some parts of the world are moving into the warmer months and the heat is on!
This means more sweating and fluid loss if exercising outside.
Afterall, it’s everywhere and there’s good reason to give into the coconut water fad.
- Excellent electrolyte source: Over 500 mg potassium per serving (more than a banana), and also contains sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. 2000-3500 mg of potassium is recommended daily.
- No added sugar: Naturally occurring sugars
- Lower acidity
- Prevents dehydration
- Heart healthy: Due to the high levels of potassium
- Prevent or helps improve kidney stones
Just because this beverage sounds like a natural health elixir doesn’t mean you should drink it all day long. More is not always better. Those with any kidney conditions or concerns should never consume high potassium drinks or foods without discussing with their doctor first.
Watch the Calories
Even though the beverage is labeled as a type of “water” this does not mean low calorie. One 8.5 oz. serving is about 45 calories, and 15 g carbohydrate (11 g sugar).
It is recommended to drink a “sports beverage” only after 60 minutes of exercise. Any duration that is shorter is considered not long enough to lose enough calories/fluid/electrolytes to consider a supplemental beverage.
Coconut water is ideal for higher sweat activities like Bikram yoga, cycling, or high heat exercise.
Brand to Buy
Vita Coco sent me a few free samples of their coconut water to try. I like their brand because it is all natural and made with pure coconut water and some vitamin C to keep it fresh. They also have some flavors with some fruit puree added. This adds about 9 grams of sugar per serving.
There are other brands out there like Zico or O.N.E. coconut water that are very similar. It just depends on your personal preference.
Have you tried coconut water for your sport’s beverage?