COCONUT WATER VS SPORTS DRINKS
Wikipedia defines a sports drink as follows:
A sports drink is a beverage designed to help athletes rehydrate as well as restore electrolytes, carbohydrates and other nutrients that can be depleted after training or competition Electrolyte replacement promotes proper rehydration which is important in delaying the onset of fatigue during exercise”
(For more information see Coconut Groove electrolyte info page).
Electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and other minerals are vital for efficient body functions. When you sweat, these minerals are lost from the body along with water, thus the importance of replacing these minerals when rehydrating, particularly after intense exercise. Drinking water alone will not replace these electrolytes. Lack of these electrolytes in the body can lead to muscle cramps, increased fatigue and in extreme cases, death.
Through my research I have read articles by nutritionists and others espousing the benefits of drinking “just plain old water” as all the body needs to rehydrate. Cobblers. In my opinion downright misleading, irresponsible and dangerous information to impart to those who may participate in high energy-depleting pursuits. If electrolytes and other minerals and nutrients are not replaced, severe medical conditions can result.
COMPARISON CHART BETWEEN COCONUT WATER AND POPULAR SPORTS DRINKS:
Note: All figures in the above tables are averages
From the above comparison chart we can see Energy Values for Coconut Groove, Staminade Advance and Gatorade Perform are comparable. Powerade Isotonic has approximately 30% more.
Energy is derived from carbohydrate. Coconut Groove and Gatorade energy is from sugar (natural or otherwise) Staminade and Powerade derives from sugar along with MALTODEXTRIN, a substance extracted from rice, corn, wheat (Coeliacs beware) or potato starch. MALTODEXTRIN is often used as a sweetener in place of sugar.
Coconut Groove’s naturally occurring sugar is 50% glucose, 35% sucrose and 15% fructose. Sucrose breaks down to 50% glucose and 50% fructose thus Coconut Groove sugar content is 67% glucose and 33% fructose
*Glucose is an easily digested, fast energy food. Fructose does not break down as readily and is more difficult to “burn off”.
Sodium is an important electrolyte to replace after strenuous exercise and sweating.
Coconut Groove and Powerade contain similar amounts of sodium; Staminade has approximately 50% more, with Gatorade containing around 80% more than Coconut Groove and Powerade.
Note: Coconut Groove sodium is naturally-occurring within the fruit.
Staminade, Powerade and Gatorade sodium derives from processed Sodium chloride (table salt). Sodium chloride actually extracts water from the cells, so dehydrates the cells (witness how water is drawn out of raw meat, fish, fresh fruit or vegetables sprinkled with table salt). Sodium chloride can raise blood pressure and has other health implications.
When under heavy stress or physical exertion, consuming unprocessed Himalayan or Celtic salt along with any liquid is highly beneficial. Himalayan salt contains over 80 minerals amongst other benefits such as having a balancing effect on the body that lowers high blood pressure and raises low blood pressure. Be aware of “Sea Salt”... it is a meaningless term as table salt is processed from sea salt. On arising most mornings I drink a large glass of warm water with a teaspoon of Himalayan salt dissolved in it. I believe it adds beneficial minerals to the body and aids rehydration.
Potassium is the major replacement electrolyte favoured by sportspersons and high energy users. Its replacement is essential for sustained physical performance. Coconut Groove has a whopping 133.0mg per 100ml and as such is way ahead of the manufactured products. By comparison Staminade, Powerade and Gatorade contain between 14.1mg and 22.5mg per 100ml.
The sports drinks listed above also contain the following additives:
|Coconut Groove Coconut Water||NO additives||☺Safe No warnings|
|Staminade Advance||Preservative 211 (Sodium benzoate)||☹ avoid|
|Preservative 202 (Potassium sorbate)||CAUTION ☻☹ avoid|
|Food acid 330 (citric acid)||SAFE☺ for most people|
|Food acid 331 (sodium citrate)||SAFE ☺ for most people|
|Powerade Isotonic||Colour 104 (Quinoline yellow)||BEST AVOIDED ☹ banned in USA, Japan and Canada. Products must carry health warning in Europe.|
|Colour 110 (Sunset yellow)||POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ☹☹ product label in Europe must carry health warning.|
|Food acid 330 (citric acid)||SAFE ☺for most people|
|Food acid 331 (sodium citrate)||SAFE ☺ for most people|
|Colour 102 (Tartrazine)||POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ☹☹ Product labels must carry health warnings in Europe|
|Food acid 330 (citric acid)||SAFE ☺ for most people|
|Food acid 331 (sodium citrate)||SAFE ☺for most people|
Safe ☺ to Potentially Hazardous ☹ Rating references taken from Bill Statham's book "The Chemical Maze".
Calcium, also an electrolyte, is contained in Coconut Groove at 10.5mg per 100ml and in Staminade at 4.2mg per 100ml. From product nutritional panel information Powerade and Gatorade do not contain calcium.
Coconut Groove also contains manganese, phosphorous, zinc, iron, niacin, folic acid and lauric acid - all important electrolytes, minerals and nutrients essential for optimum body health and function. More......
Coconut water is nature's alternative to Health, Sport and Energy drinks manufactured to a formula from processed ingredients. Coconut Groove is 100% pure fresh, young green coconut water extracted from a living fruit. Coconut Groove contains NO ADDITIVES and is a totally natural product.
These are the facts......the choice is yoursDavid Hughes,
Sunshine Coast Queensland