Coconut water’s been hyped as the new natural energy drink, but there’s still some confusion over whether you should really be drinking (and spending your money on) it. Well+Good NYC investigates:
You can’t go to a yoga class in New York without spotting a sweaty someone sipping coconut water.
But after researchers at Consumerlab.com tested the three major retail brands of coconut water earlier this month and found that two of them—VitaCoco and O.N.E—had much lower electrolyte levels than they claimed, natural-leaning fitness junkies have been questioning their allegiance to the tropical hydration source.
So, should you leave the sweet nectar on the shelf and reach for a Powerade instead? Not necessarily, says Alexandra Jamieson, health and nutrition expert and author of The Great American Detox Diet.
“For one thing, coconut water doesn’t have the artificial colors and added sugars that most sports drinks do,” says Jamieson. “So it’s still a healthier choice.” (Just be aware that these brands contain 11–14 grams of natural sugar per serving.)
Continue reading for more on the pros and cons of coconut water…
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