Coconut water is the latest healthy drink to hit the supermarket shelves and, thanks to a load of celebrity and sports endorsements, many people believe it’s healthier than water.
It is true that coconut water is very low in calories, is naturally fat- and cholesterol free, and apparently has more potassium than four bananas. It is also super hydrating and said to be a wonder for hangovers, helps to fight cancer and kidney stones too.Coconut water does contain both sugar and electrolytes, it is different from the high-fat milk as the water is a clear liquid taken from the young coconut. Apparently professional tennis player John Isner told the press that he thanked coconut water for keeping him going through his epic 11-hour marathon Wimbledon tennis win against Mahut in 2010 saying, “It is super hydrating and has kept me going in long matches and prevented me from cramping even in the hottest and most humid conditions.Isner told how he drank a mixture of coconut water and water the night before matches when playing in difficult heat conditions and he regularly mixed cocktails of coconut water and sea salt to hydrate him on the court. When he comes off after a game, he mixes it with protein powder to aid his post-match recovery.According to WebMD, a 2007 study found that coconut water enhanced with sodium was as effective as drinking a commercial sports drink for post-exercise rehydration with better fluid tolerance. So can coconut water help with recovery after sport?According to the experts at WebMD it’s actually not the best way forward, “Most people don’t need to worry about calories, potassium, or sodium. Eat a bagel with peanut butter to get food into your system before and drink plenty of water during exercise, if you exercise for prolonged periods, she suggests eating salty pretzels and raisins or other portable sources of energy.”photo credit:Christine Bullock