In tropical areas, it is a popular drink and a source of entrepreneurship with people selling husked coconuts with straws sticking out of them. Now it has entered the mainstream, and can be found in many local supermarkets.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is supporting recent health news delivered from the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting. Coconut water is a beverage touted as an all-natural sports drink—the alternative to “Gatorade.” Scientists have had a look, and they have determined the truth about the beverage: coconut water contains high levels of potassium, which is beneficial in limiting muscle cramps during light exercise.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/the-truth-about-coconut-water), coconut water is clear and found inside unripened green coconuts. In tropical areas, it is a popular drink and a source of entrepreneurship with people selling husked coconuts with straws sticking out of them. Now it has entered the mainstream, and can be found in many local supermarkets.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “The Truth About Coconut Water,” states many believe it to be a sports or energy drink that is straight from nature. According to researchers, compared to leading energy drinks, coconut water is significantly higher in potassium, a mineral that can limit muscle cramps during a workout. Potassium is the key nutrient here, as even those who don’t exercise regularly could benefit. The Westernized diet contains far more salt than potassium, so coconut water (the typical serving of which has more of the mineral than a banana) could even out the equation a little more. It can also help protect people from the consequences of too much sodium, such as a higher risk of heart disease and other serious problems.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also notes some quick numbers to compare the benefits of coconut water:
-Coconut water: (up to) 1,500 mg/liter of potassium, 400 mg/liter of sodium
-Gatorade/”Powerade”: (up to) 300 mg/liter of potassium, 600 mg/liter of sodium
Based on these study numbers, coconut water is the better choice. However, there is a “but” here. This study suggests that if one tends to exercise strenuously and perspire a lot, Gatorade or Powerade is the better choice. That’s because more salt is lost than potassium while sweating, and coconut water won’t be able to replace salt by itself.
Humans were surviving long before sports drinks and energy drinks came about. A balanced diet and plenty of water can still serve as the basis for pre- and post-exercise health. The results of this study are useful, though, when choosing a beverage at the corner store.
(SOURCE: American Chemical Society, “Coconut water is an excellent sports drink—for light exercise,” Aug. 20, 2012.)
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