Coconut water is one of nature’s most hydrating fluids. This water comes from the inside of a pre-mature coconut before it matures and turns this water into milk.
I always prefer this hydrating water over any sports drink. It is lower in calories, higher in potassium, and of course lower in sugar. Not to mention it is all-natural and does not contain chemicals.
Here is a great side by side of the sport drink VS water:
From an all-natural standpoint, Coconut water provides everything above without the addition of supplements or synthetic ingredients.
There is actually a STUDY that shows that coconut water can be used intravenously for short-term hydration! How much more natural can you get?
Do you think that anyone would be brave enough to attempt that with a sports drink?
Now looking at Gatorade, there is an ingredient list full of man made products. Here is what I pulled from Gatorade’s website. This is the list from their Orange Thirst Quencher.
WATER, SUGAR, DEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, MONOPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, GUM ARABIC, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, GLYCEROL ESTER OF ROSIN, YELLOW 6
Then we look at coconut water…
A lot of people say one of the sole purposes of Gatorade is the addition of the sugar and carbs… which is a great point. You really need the extra carbs during continuous and strenuous activity (i.e. soccer tournament in the heat). Even then, I would recommend high carb snacks with plenty of water and coconut water.
As a person who is nutrition conscious and plays soccer, I see coconut water as a great way to hydrate and prevent cramps.