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Fuel Your Body

Coocoo for Coconut

After a long, hard dance workout, many dancers reach for a sports drink. The advantage of these types of beverages is that they replenish the body’s electrolytes and other essential minerals that have been depleted through a hard, sweaty workout. Replenishing is essential to help the body recover fully and be ready and able to dance again the next day.

The disadvantage of most sports and energy drinks is the high levels of sodium and sugar they contain. Here’s where coconut water can really make a difference. It delivers the same essential minerals and electrolytes, helping your body to repair and recover, but as it’s natural, it delivers much less of the processed and refined sugars and sodium found in sports drinks.  If you drink 100 ml of coconut water, you receive 294 mg of potassium, versus only 117 in most energy drinks. You get the sodium you need, not excess amounts, with coconut water providing 25 mg, while sports drinks deliver too much, dousing your body with 41 mg and energy drinks a whopping 200 mg! And, you receive far less sugar, coconut water delivers only 5 mg of natural sugars, while sports and energy drinks range between 10 and 25 mg of altered and processed sugars.

All these facts combine to make coconut water a very healthy and natural choice over sports drinks. However, the benefits of coconut don’t stop there! Coconut water is more nutritious than whole milk, it has less fat and zero cholesterol. It’s also dairy free, so for those people who are lactose intolerant, coconut water is an excellent, healthy choice.

Coconut water is widely available in health food stores across the country. Reach for a carton of it next time you’re planning a hard workout. Mortin Satin, the Chief of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization says, "Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural.”

And the benefits of coconut don’t stop there! The coconut is composed of medium chain saturated fat, also known as medium chain triglycerides or MCTs. But don’t be put off by the term “saturated”. In this case, MCTs consist of fats that are thought to have a negative effect on cholesterol, and actually help prevent fat from accumulating in the heart and arteries. MCTs are easily convertible to energy and may boost metabolism and help promote weight loss. Lots of research is still being done into the coconut and its many healthy properties. 

So, next time you finish a hard work out and want a healthy beverage, reach for some coconut water and know you’re helping your body all while drinking something delicious!