Friday Instagrab: Coconut Water

Zico Coconut Water

Zico Coconut Water

On Wednesday I picked up a case of the 14 ounce bottles of Zico Coconut Water. Of all the coconut water out there, Zico is my favorite. That’s because it’s one of the few brands that does not contain any form of sugar.

The more popular Vita Coco has something called “Natural Fruit Sugar”, and when I asked the company on Twitter what that meant, they said to email such and such department for clarification. Well, if you don’t have the ability explain your product’s ingredients, then maybe you shouldn’t be on Twitter. Or maybe you are trying to hide something. I don’t know. Either way, that was a turn off.

14 ounce bottle – 70 calories

Coconut water is not regular water with coconut flavor added to it, if you were wondering. Coconut water is what you get when you crack open a coconut and all the fluid comes out.

Why did I buy a whole case? Because I like to drink it immediately after every cardio workout to aid in recovery and to rehydrate before my post workout snack.

Coconut water has less calories, sodium, and sugar than sports drinks like Gatorade. An added benefit is that it has more potassium than a banana, a nutrient which most Americans run short of every day. Coconut water is also extremely hydrating. But the key is to only have one. Since each 8 ounce serving has 40 calories, more than a bottle per workout and you’ll be racking up to calories in no time.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bottle 14 fl oz (414 mL) Serving Per Container: 1
Ingredients: 100% natural coconut water from concentrate, natural flavor.
Amount/Serving % DV*
Total Fat 0g 0%
  Saturated Fat
  Trans Fat
Calories 70
  Cal.from fat 0
Cholesterol
Sodium 180mg 8%
Amount/Serving % DV*
Potassium 610mg 16%
Total Carb 16g 5%
  Dietary Fiber
  Sugars 15g
Protein 0g
Amount/Serving % DV*
Calcium 4%
Phosphorus 2%
Magnesium35mg 10%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Iron
* Percent Daily Values are
based on a 2000 cal. diet
† Not a significant source of protein

Coconut water contains 5 electrolytes necessary for active people: Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. These nutrients aid in fighting muscle cramps, dizziness, muscle spasms, and nausea, amongst other things.

If you are someone who sweats profusely during a workout, remember to have a post workout beverage and snack that will replace the necessary sodium you lost.  Coconut water does not have enough sodium per serving to fully replenish that nutrient to aid in muscle health, if you lose a lot of salt while working out. I barely sweat.

So that’s why I love coconut water – all natural, healthy and great post workout hydration.

Do you like coconut water? Why or why not?

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