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Grab Some Coconut Water After Your Workout

A new study suggests that coconut water may an ideal natural sports drink for people who are following light to moderate exercise routines. An analysis of coconut water showed that it contains everything the body needs to replenish itself during moderate exercise.

The researchers compared coconut water with Gatorade and Powerade. They found that the coconut water had up to 1,500 mg/liter of potassium, while the sports drinks had only 300 mg/liter. Potassium helps the body get rid of cramps that result from exercise. Magnesium and carbohydrate quantities were very similar in all three drinks.

However, the coconut water had about 200 fewer milligrams per liter of sodium, measuring at 400 mg/liter while the sports drinks had 600 mg/liter. This difference led the researchers to qualify that coconut water might not be best for strenuous exercise that makes you sweat a lot. It's important to replace sodium after a hard workout and coconut water doesn’t contain enough to accomplish that.

The researchers, led by Dr. Chhandashri Bhattacharya of Indiana University, presented their findings at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Coconut water has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is very low in fat and sugar, and some studies have suggested it help with digestion and have anti-viral properties. You can find it in your local health food store or in the health food section of the grocery store.

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