Some call it “nature’s sports drink,” others swear it’s the only thing that can cure a hangover. Both are true – to an extent. The argument that coconut water is just another overpriced item that people drink because it’s cool is also valid. Here’s everything you need to know about it to decide for yourself:
What even is it?
Coconut water is the watery liquid tapped from young green coconuts – not to be confused with cream of coconut or coconut milk! Flavorwise, it’s very distinctive and can be described as sweet and nutty. But there are haters in the world that believe it tastes like feet.
It’s super hydrating.
If you like the taste, then it’s a good option for replenishing fluids. Whether or not it’s more hydrating than sports drinks or plain old H2O, however, is debatable. According to sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, if you’re exercising vigorously for more than 3 hours, coconut water alone isn’t enough to replace lost electrolytes.
There’s not a ton of sugar.
In a plain 12-oz. serving of coconut water, there are usually about 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar. In your typical sports drink, there can be up to 140 calories per 20-oz. bottle. Plus, drinks like Gatorade, have a lot more sugar. Try 34 grams!!
It should be noted, however, that experts warn that drinking too much coconut water can add up in the calorie department.
It’s rich in potassium.
Compared to medium banana’s 422 mg, coconut water has 600 mg in just one cup. It’s also good for magnesium, calcium, sodium, and manganese … for those of you concerned about manganese.
by Lauren Miyashiro -@msn