Product Comparison Series: Gatorade Versus Coconut Water

Amelia Phillips

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Product Comparison Series In the next

instalment of our Product Comparison Series we compare Gatorade to Coconut Water. Which beverage should you buy? Can anything other than a sports drink help your performance and recovery? Read on to find out.

Gatorade Perform H2 Coco Pure Coconut Water
Ingredients Water, Sugar, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Natural Flavours, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Gum Arabic, Ester Gum, Brominated Vegetable Oil (contains soybean oil), Colour. 100% Coconut Water
Nutritional Information per100ml  Kj 103

Carbohydrates (g) 6.0

Sugar (g) 6.0

Fat (g) 0.0

Protein (g) 0.0

Kj 101

Carbohydrates (g) 5.6

Sugar (g) 4.2

Fat (g) 0.1

Protein (g) 0.0

Cost $6.15/L $6.93/L
Availability High. Found in large supermarket chains and online. High. Found in large supermarket chains and online.
Taste Extremely sweet and articficial. Refreshing and light.
Verdict Sports drinks in general are full of artificial sugar, preservatives and colours, and are a very well-funded marketing machine. Refined sugars and vegetable oils are highly inflammatory, which is very damaging to recovery and subsequent performance. There is no nutrient or electrolyte that can not be provided from natural, refined sugar free and vegetable oil free beverages. The natural sugars and electrolytes are great during, or after, an intense exercise session. Coconut water is however high in potassium and contains minimal sodium, so it should not be your sole means of replacing sweat losses. In addition, small tetra pack (330ml) contains 18.5g of carbohydrates, so it is not to be treated like water. As a general guide, one to two serves per week is sufficient.

Sports drinks are really only required for sessions lasting over 1.5 hours, for race day, or in cases of extreme heat/humidity. If you are a regular exerciser, there is little need to have a sports drink. When you do require one, you are better off ditching the gatorade and replacing with coconut water. Add a touch more salt to your meals in the 24 hours after a heavy sweating session (of more htan 1.5 hours), and it will healp with recovery. Happy sweating!

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    Great post Amelia! Coconut water is a terrific way to hydrate, I choose it over sports drinks every time! Now if we can only affect the young generation that are addicted to sugars!