Is coconut water actually better than plain water?

Is coconut water actually better than plain water?


The humble coconut has really risen in the ranks of late, securing it’s a top spot in health, fitness AND beauty favourites. 

As a result, coconut water has become the go-to drink for staying hydrated – with credentials some have claimed are better than water itself due to being packed with natural sugars and electrolytes! 

Today we are putting coconut water to the test. 

Yes, it might be delicious, but is it actually better for us than plain water? 

The low-down

So, first up, what actually is coconut water? 

No prizes for guessing that it is simply the liquid that you find inside of a coconut.

Unlike plain water, which is free from calories, carbohydrates and sodium... Coconut water contains about 45 calories, 11g of carbs and 70mg of sodium per roughly 240ml. 

The Science 

As always, to answer whether coconut water is actually better than plain water, we have to turn to science. 

Back in 2010, a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise revealed that coconut water was, in fact, better than plain water at replacing bodily fluids lost through exercise. 

However, more recent studies, have shown this to be false. 

When it comes to keeping you hydrated throughout your workout, research shows no reason why you should opt for coconut water over water from the nearest water fountain. 

It basically just comes to a matter of preference. 

What should I take away from this?

As it stands, coconut water's hydration benefits remain unproven, with little evidence to back claims it is better than plain water.

If you’re torn between coconut water and a typical sports drink, coconut water might be a better option. It has fewer calories, less sodium and higher quantities of potassium than most on the market.

It might make a nice change, but in terms of hydration, practicality and affordability, you cannot beat your good, old-fashioned H20. 

Are you a coconut water fan or are you happy with just regular water? Let us know in the comments below. 

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