Itâ€™s been quite the nutty day here. I didnâ€™t have time to pack a lunch, but I did have time to throw a load of bread, some peanut butter, and watermelon in a bag. Itâ€™s the effort that counts. 🙂
Ta-da! Lunch is served.
I am currently sipping on some lovely ZICO coconut water. In fact, after last nightâ€™s terrible puking instance, I was soooo disappointed when I opened the fridge and discovered we were out of ZICO. So I made an emergency trip to the store.
I havenâ€™t really written much about my love and obsession for ZICO, but over the last four months, the Husband and I have both made a real effort to drink 4 ounces (half a serving size; itâ€™s expensive!) of coconut water a day, especially after hard workouts or hot yoga.
Why coconut water?
And really, I BELIEVE coconut water works because 1) Iâ€™ve never felt more â€˜hydratedâ€™; 2) I get less headaches now than before; and 3) I also sleep better when I drink ZICO.
But is this all just in my head?
If you need some background, coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts. â€œZICO concentrate is produced by hand-harvesting the most delicious and nutritious young green coconuts from trees around the world. For ZICO in the bottle, weâ€™ve selected a unique blend of coconut waters from Brazil, Asia, and Indonesia to achieve a unique, consistent taste, and an even better nutritional profile and lower calorie count.â€ (Source)
(Side note: The ZICO website says the plastic bottles are actually more environmentally-friendly than the Tetra packs because they ship over concentrate and fill them with water in the USA. More places accept the bottles for recycling, too.)
Coconut water, while 95% water, also contains the following electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphate. Coconut water also contains small amounts of many essential amino acids. I was initially drawn to coconut water because it seems â€œbetterâ€ and â€œmore naturalâ€ than a man-made electrolyte replacement like Gatorade.
However, it seems that science thinks Gatorade is actually BETTER for post-workout recovery than coconut water because itâ€™s higher in sodium and carbohydrates. "Even though the belief is that when you exercise you need a lot of potassium, sodium is more important," said Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC Davis. "When you sweat, you lose a lot more sodium than potassium." (Source) Coconut water also contains very little protein, which is crucial in a true recovery drink. (Source)
Where does this leave me and my coconut water-lovinâ€™ tastebuds?
- Iâ€™ll continue to drink it on a daily basis because it really does make me feel more hydrated, and I love the potassium boost.
- Iâ€™ll also continue to drink 1/2 a serving instead of a serving to save cash.
- Iâ€™m sticking to Gatorade for mid-run electrolyte replenishment. Gatorade has the sodium and calories I need to perform.
Do you drink coconut water? Or do you think this is simply another health drink craze (maybe!)? Do you love or hate the nutty taste?