When I started working with a professional trainer, one of the first things he suggested was drinking coconut water after a particularly grueling workout.
Not to be confused with coconut MILK, coconut WATER, the clear liquid inside young, green coconuts, was, to my palate, a strangely refreshing beverage my trainer promised would prevent me from being too sore the following day.
He was right.
Coconut water is making the news all across the country and here in the South, it’s readily available and a natural alternative to sports drinks. Some claim to be energy enhancers and some claim to be an all-natural sports drink, so let’s just look at the facts.
One cup of coconut water equals 46 calories, nine grams of carbohydrates– six from sugar and three from fiber, and two grams of protein. It’s perhaps most touted for its potassium content, 600 milligrams of potassium per serving, which equals about 17 percent of your daily value, more than a banana. Coconut water is also rich in magnesium at 60 milligrams per serving or 15 percent of your daily value; sodium with 252 milligrams per serving or 11 percent of your daily value and calcium, offering 58 milligrams per serving or six percent of your daily value.
It’s rich in vitamins B and C, contains all-natural sugars and shouldn’t contain any additives or colors. Coconut water is a natural diuretic and is naturally fat free. It’s available in pulp and low-pulp varieties.
I’m glad I tried the latest trend in healthy sports drinks, because let me just tell you, I wasn’t nearly as sore the day following an intense workout as I could have been. Thank you to my trainer and to coconut water.