I was talking to someone that works as a personal trainer and she was drinking something in a cool, blue, water splashed terra pack. It looked very tropical and made me think of sitting on a beach in Honolulu, with the cool, salty air blowing through my sun bleached locks... ;-)

Back to reality. I asked her what it was and she was so excited that it was coconut water! I remember drinking coconut water as a child, but we referred to it as coconut milk, which I now found out was wrong. I decided to go home and check out this new super drink.

As far as I can tell, coconut water seems to have the same benefits as Gatorade, but without all the artificial stuff. Coconut water also appears to be something that I wouldn't need. I heard a Doctor recently talking about the fact that most people, when exercising, don't need Gatorade, but they need water for hydration instead. He said the average person does not exercise long, or hard enough and I would definitely fall into that category of people that do not need coconut water.

Here's a quick run down I found on WebMd: 
It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

Gatorade also contains things like wood rosin, vegetable oil and artificial colors. So, if I were running 90 minutes a day and running in marathons then I think my choice would be coconut water, but for people like me who participate in light workouts then I think I'll stick with the best hydration method on the planet...water! I am going to talk to my Doctor about the possibility of using it during a virus when you're dehydrated. In the past I've been told to use Gatorade, so the coconut water would probably be a better alternative.

Just as a side note, this post I found is worth reading and highly entertaining. The title is 'Gatorade is Stupid' and he refers to Gatorade as, "...a fecal bomb disguised as a health drink...". Good stuff  and well said. ;-)
 


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