Coconut water has come into vogue lately as the new healthy superfood drink. Endorsed by Madonna, Rihanna and Jessica Simpson, coconut water is filled with electrolytes like sodium, potassium and magnesium, which proponents say make it like nature's very own sports drink. However, a new report is questioning just how beneficial of a sports drink coconut water is.
Conducted by ConsumerLab.com, researchers tested the electrolyte make-up of three major coconut water brands: Vita Coco, O.N.E and Zico. Of the three kinds, only Zico was correct in its nutritional listing of sodium, potassium, magnesium and sugar. Vita Coco's and O.N.E.'s sugar and potassium levels were the only electrolytes that matched its label. More research is needed, of course, but Vita Coco is quick to point out that its coconut water's nutritional profile may vary a bit due to where its coconuts are coming from.
While we'll let the scientists figure out if coconut water is nature's sports drink or not, we still think coconut water is a great addition to a healthy diet and much healthier choice than soda and other sweetened beverages!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.