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Coconut Water Makes A Great Sports Drink, But Maybe Not For Super-Athletes

August 20, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. researcher recently presented evidence that coconut water lives up to its reputation as a natural sports drink, but perhaps not for super-athletes. Chhandashri Bhattacharya said coconut water provides everything that the big commercial sports drinks offer, including five times the potassium of either Gatorade or Powerade. Coconut water, however, had only 400 mg/liter of sodium compared to 600 for the other two drinks, which is the main reason why it may not be suited for those who participate in strenuous exercise. However, it had comparable quantities of magnesium and carbohydrates as the other drinks.
Chhandashri Bhattacharya, "Coconut Water Is an Excellent Sports Drink -- For Light Exercise", News release, presentation at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 20, 2012, © American Chemical Society
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