Nutrition Q & A
Is Coconut Water a Good Choice for a Sports Drink?
Coconut water is the thin, filmy liquid found inside a young green coconut. (It's not the same as the coconut milk derived from the meat of mature coconuts.) Coconut water is becoming increasingly available in supermarkets and fitness centers. Because it contains electrolytes and minerals, coconut water is often marketed as a sports drink.
One cup of coconut water has 46 calories and is a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. It also contains 252 milligrams of sodium and 9 grams of carbohydrate per cup. Compare this to a popular sports drink that provides 110 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrate and 50 calories per cup.
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