Coconut water is a diet but not an athlete's drink

Coconut water is a diet but not an athlete's drink

Coconut water is said to be particularly low in calories and at the same time rich in minerals

Coconut water is now one of the trend drinks. Celebrities like Rihanna or Madonna have shown the way and are even said to hold shares in manufacturing companies. Coconut water is also becoming increasingly popular among athletes. In an interview with the news agency "dpa", nutrition expert Heidrun Schubert from the Bavarian Consumer Advice Center explains why the new trend drink is less a drink for athletes and more
Diet drink is suitable.

Coconut water contains many healthy nutrients, but is less suitable as a sports drink. Coconut water is low in calories, contains less sugar than many juices and hardly any fat. It consists of numerous nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, valuable enzymes and other secondary plant substances. For example, coconut water has a high content of calcium, magnesium and potassium. 250 ml of coconut water are said to contain even more potassium than a banana. The beneficial drink is made from immature coconuts, but is not to be confused with coconut milk, which is made from the white pulp of the coconut.

Despite the numerous healthy ingredients in coconut water, nutrition expert Schubert advises against using it as an athletic drink. It has "a high potassium content, but there is hardly any sodium in cocoas water", which is very important for athletes. "An apple spritzer is definitely better there," says Schubert. In addition, the low-calorie drink hardly holds protein, which supports muscle building. The mostly relatively expensive drink is more suitable for the nutrition expert as a diet drink, since it contains comparatively few calories. (ag)

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