Must-Read: Is Coconut Water Good For You?
We remember the first time we tried coconut water. It was a super hot day and we had just finished with some kind of workout, sweat was just dripping down and we were completely dehydrated. And, stupid us, we had left behind our water bottle and there was no source of hydration around. So we popped into a grocery store and picked up the first thing that we could find, rushed over to the register, and that’s when we realized that in our hands we were carrying a little pocket/thingy of coconut water. Thinking nothing of it, we paid, got out of the store, opened that bad boy up, and began guzzling.
And boy, was it disgusting. Coconut water is gross. It should not enter one’s body, at least not through the mouth, because there are taste buds there and everything, and taste buds do not agree with that disgusting taste. But is it good for you? It’s a question that has a lot of different answers from a lot of different places, but today we’re heading over to Men’s Fitness who has a little bit of a study on the findings of whether or not coconut wateris good after a workout. Their findings:
However, the findings weren’t all positive. Researchers also explained that while potassium levels are higher in coconut water, its sodium levels are comparatively lacking. Their research found it to have only two-thirds of the sodium levels found in Gatorade and Powerade. Consequently, if you engage in intense and strenuous workouts with excessive sweating, it’s probably not the best choice.
Ha! Of course! Because coconut water is gross and disgusting and should not even be drunk because of those specific two reasons!
Okay, fine. The study did have a few nice things to say about the beverage. But we’re not going to say them here. Instead, you’ll have to click over to the link to read about them. And then make the decision yourself.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.