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How many of you have tried it? It's suppose to be the best for rehydration. It's not the best tasting stuff but if it keeps me from cramping I'll chug it!


2012-08-07 10:34 PM
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I think it's an acquired taste...I didn't love it at first either, but now I can't get enough. I actually crave it more than any other beverage and it's very refreshing after a long workout. I've heard a lot of great things about it too...I don't have an issue with cramping so I'll go ahead and give the coconut water credit!  
2012-08-08 8:51 AM
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Have you tried any of the flavored coconut water? I don't care for the plain, but the pineapple flavored I like alot.
2012-08-08 8:55 AM
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goodday2tri - 2012-08-08 8:51 AM Have you tried any of the flavored coconut water? I don't care for the plain, but the pineapple flavored I like alot.

ditto.

I don't know if it actually is best for rehydration though.  If you're drinking it before a workout you aren't really "rehydrating", aren't you just hydrating?

Frankly I just drink it cause of marketing and it's different and new.  no clue if it does what it says.

2012-08-08 8:58 AM
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I have only tried ZICO and I love it.  However, it comes in a box or a bottle, and the bottled stuff tastes weird.... but out of the box (and cold) it is just glorious.

2012-08-08 9:03 AM
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I am a big fan of cocunut anything...except cocunut water. I can stomach a lot of things, but not this...and i have really tried. But that's just my perspective only. Many people love it.

If you are enthralled by the marketing campaign and that reeled you in, have at it. Word is it's good for you, but it's a wonder people managed to rehydrate prior to cocunut water based on what i hear.



2012-08-08 9:17 AM
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I can't stand the regular one but may need to try the flavored as mentioned above......buy since it is horrible to my taste buds I would prefer regular water.

Afraid if that was my only option I would dehydrate
2012-08-08 9:30 AM
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mb97 - 2012-08-07 11:30 PM How many of you have tried it? It's suppose to be the best for rehydration. It's not the best tasting stuff but if it keeps me from cramping I'll chug it!

It is not really the best for rehydration.  For electrolyte replenishment Gatorade or any other sport drink is much better than coconut water, the only thing that coconut water has going its that is a good source of potassium.

If you are doing moderate exercise, you are better off sticking with water and saving the money.  If it is more intense activity, Gatorate will be cheaper and far more effective.  Coconut water is just the most recent trend.

As far as taste i cant give an opinion in regards to the different brands, i havent tried the canned stuff.  I drink the natural coconut water as i have coconut trees and that is extremely refreshing on a hot day



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2012-08-08 9:35 AM
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I love coconut anything, including water if it is cold.  However, I have started mixing some of the powdered gatorade in with it for a little of the salt.  I also mix powered amino acid to help the muscles recover and energize them on long rides or runs.

2012-08-08 9:42 AM
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I find its best when mixed with Gin...

Great for a mid ride pit-stop!  Pull into a bar, grab a couple Gin and Coconut water's maybe some jerked chicken and your good for the ride back home!  Best you find a bar that is actually cracking open coconuts though, skip that bottled stuff!

2012-08-08 10:04 AM
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It is great if you are into the newest fad, cause that is all it is. Otherwise, make a great fruit smoothie after a workout and get a lot more carbs, cals, vitamins, etc.



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kdlsch111 - 2012-08-08 10:04 AM

It is great if you are into the newest fad, cause that is all it is. Otherwise, make a great fruit smoothie after a workout and get a lot more carbs, cals, vitamins, etc.

Also good but would require a bit of rum instead of Gin.  Depends what your in the mood for.

2012-08-08 6:48 PM
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I high suggest you do NOT try the mango flavor one by Vita. Gross! But I find them very good a making you not cramp with all of the potassium I am bad about not drinking enough water so I cramp a lot.

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2012-08-08 9:29 PM
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Straight coconut water tastes a little strong to me, but I cut it with electrolyte water and then it's fantastic.
2012-08-09 12:06 AM
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kdlsch111 - 2012-08-08 8:04 AM

It is great if you are into the newest fad, cause that is all it is. Otherwise, make a great fruit smoothie after a workout and get a lot more carbs, cals, vitamins, etc.

Blasphemy!! There is nothing more refreshing after a long run/ride than chugging a box of coconut water...

2012-08-09 7:18 AM
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Coconut water is what the cavemen drank, so it must be good for you. 


2012-08-09 10:12 AM
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There is NO REASON to drink coconut water.  Recent story on NPR with a nutritionist explaining that it's not any better than water.  The nutrients it contains are insignificant.  Just drink water and eat right.
2012-08-09 10:40 AM
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adrian. - 2012-08-09 8:12 AM There is NO REASON to drink coconut water.  Recent story on NPR with a nutritionist explaining that it's not any better than water.  The nutrients it contains are insignificant.  Just drink water and eat right.

 

Here's one reason: it's delicious.

Your research has already proven to be wrong. (Besides, for every nutritionist who says it's not beneficial you're gonna find 10 more that say it is. Just because you heard it on NPR doesn't mean it's true.)

2012-08-09 12:18 PM
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/07/11/coconut-water.html

http://www.industrialsectors.com/do-coconut-water-benefits-include-lowering-cholesterol

http://nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/is-coconut-water-good-for-you.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/03/coconut-water-myth-or-mir_n_669572.html

 

All basically say that coconut water is not a bad option, but not as "healthy" as the claims seem to lead you to believe. If you are exercising lightly for under 60 minutes then plain old water will get the job done. If you are vigorously exercising in hot weather or for over 60 minutes then coconut water probably doesn't have significant amounts of electrolytes or carbs to replace what you are lacking.

Mostly it will lighten your cash flow or it may actually be only 10% coconut water and nothing more than the equivalent of fruit drink (versus juice) with added sugar.

Sure those links are to non scientific type information and there will be numerous other links talking about the benefits of coconut water but try and find scientific studies done recently that prove anything. They really haven't been done yet. Or else I am missing them and would love to be shown I am wrong. Cause if the stuff is the miracle they claim I am on board!  

For now, water and a banana during training are the same thing. And Gatorade on a super hot day / race will get me where I need to go and at a huge cost savings.

2012-08-09 12:28 PM
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http://www.jissn.com/content/9/1/1/

 

Oh I found a study! And easy to read!

2012-08-09 1:24 PM
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adrian. - 2012-08-09 10:12 AM There is NO REASON to drink coconut water.  Recent story on NPR with a nutritionist explaining that it's not any better than water.  The nutrients it contains are insignificant.  Just drink water and eat right.

Well, I think there might be A reason. If people like it, then by all means drink up. But they do need to realize it's not going to provide any magical powers to suddenly make you not cramp up. 

You are correct, drink water and eat right and you will be fine. I also happen to think it tastes like **** so personally, I have no reason to drink it. 



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tkos - 2012-08-09 12:18 PM

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/07/11/coconut-water.html

http://www.industrialsectors.com/do-coconut-water-benefits-include-lowering-cholesterol

http://nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/is-coconut-water-good-for-you.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/03/coconut-water-myth-or-mir_n_669572.html

 

All basically say that coconut water is not a bad option, but not as "healthy" as the claims seem to lead you to believe. If you are exercising lightly for under 60 minutes then plain old water will get the job done. If you are vigorously exercising in hot weather or for over 60 minutes then coconut water probably doesn't have significant amounts of electrolytes or carbs to replace what you are lacking.

Mostly it will lighten your cash flow or it may actually be only 10% coconut water and nothing more than the equivalent of fruit drink (versus juice) with added sugar.

Sure those links are to non scientific type information and there will be numerous other links talking about the benefits of coconut water but try and find scientific studies done recently that prove anything. They really haven't been done yet. Or else I am missing them and would love to be shown I am wrong. Cause if the stuff is the miracle they claim I am on board!  

For now, water and a banana during training are the same thing. And Gatorade on a super hot day / race will get me where I need to go and at a huge cost savings.

 

Well it only costs me 6 pesos/liter (what I pay my youngest to procure for me) and since it is straight from the coco I guarantee it is without any additives.  So i'll stick wiht my coco water, thanks.    tastes GREAT.

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Read about class-action lawsuits

Also, most packaging is non reusable and most communities don't recycle them.

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