A coconut craze is upon us – from lip-gloss flavors to fancy drinking water.
Registered dietitian Janet Helm, who writes about "fad-free healthy eating" in her blog called Nutrition Unplugged, notes: "Coconut water has been anointed nature's sports drink, and cartons of the electrolyte-laden liquid are appearing in gyms, yoga studios and the hands of the Hollywood elite." Recent studies show coconut water, not to be confused with its higher-calorie cousins coconut milk and coconut cream, does deliver low-calorie, fat-free sports-drink-like benefits after strenuous exercise.
But you have to like the taste, says Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at the University of California-Davis. Applegate says coconut water, while an excellent source of the electrolyte mineral potassium, is short on sodium, which is the primary nutrient needed for rehydrating post exercise.
But there are points you should know:
– Atlanta Journal-Constitution (MCT)