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Is coconut water a natural electrolyte replenisher?

Coconut Water, Better than Gatorade…, Healthy choice

Coconut Water, Better than Gatorade…

The natural way is the best way! One great product that has been brought into the food market is coconut water. Coconut water, however, is not new. It has been a favorite  time for the few that live Among it. Luckily, it is now readily available in the US. One of the benefits of coconut water is it’s natural ability to replenish our electrolyte needs. Can coconut water  be the solution over gatorade when electrolyte levels are low?

The food industry, just as any other business, look to minimize cost and increase profit. Often, Food coloring, preservatives, added sugars/flavors, unhealthy transport practices, get mixed into the hype of a product. Then what may have been a great product often becomes obsolete because higher quality processes are more expensive. That’s capitalism!

Coconut water, not to be confused with coconut milk, comes from young, green coconuts, a natural source of electrolytes including sodium and potassium. Eight ounces of coconut water 250 mg of sodium, 600 mg of potassium, the electrolyte content would be a great replacement not to mention it also has other  vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. Coconut water would be a great replacement for gatorade.

Great news! A drink that quenches your thirst, has lower sugar and is natural! Well…small problem. The coconut water that’s sold in the US has a similar potassium serving but the sodium is too low too truly replenish electrolyte stores. Vita coco, a popular coconut water brand, though advertised as pure coconut water, only has 29 grams of sodium to the usual 250 of true coconut water.

The natural choice is always my choice, however, in this case the natural is actually a fake. Truly natural coconut water would be a great replacement, but due to the ingredients, additives, process of creation, the coconut water sold in the US would not be a better choice over a Gatorade , in regards to hydration.

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Kirill Vaks
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