Nutrient Content of Coconut Water Versus Gatorade

6 Apr

By Jenny Burrell BSc (Hons), Founder of Burrell Education, Specialist For Pregnancy and Post Natal Fitness & Therapy, London, UK.

Nutrient Content of Coconut Water Versus Gatorade

As a huge fan of Bikram Yoga, I first came across avid consumption of coconut water after attending the extremely dehyrating classes and of course I needed to know why it was considered such an exlir ;-).  I am a self-confessed science nerd!  In his awesome book, Superfoods, David Wolf (did you see him on the viral documentary about food & nutrition recently?) gives an amusing demonstration of the power of keeping it natural when considering your hyration and recovery drinks after strenuous exercise.  I think the case for making the ‘natural choice’ is made pretty clear here!  Anyway, I NEVER trusted those blue energy drinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Coconut Water

Sugar g 5.33 3.71
Dietary Fibre g 0 1.1
Calcium mg 1 24
Iron mg 0.20 0.29
Magnesium mg 1 25
Phosphorus mg 9 20
Potassium mg 14 250
Sodium mg 39 105
Zinc mg 0.26 0.10
Copper mg 0.25 0.04
Manganese mg 0.05 0.142
Selenium mcg 0.0 1
Fluoride mcg 34 Trace
Vitamin C mg 0.4 2.4
Thiamin mg 0.011 0.030
Niacin mg 0.22 0.08
Pantothenic Acid mg 0.055 0.043
Vitamin B6 mg 0.022 0.032
Folate mcg 0.0 3
Amino Acids (Building Blocks of Protein) mg 0.0 785

Adapted from: Superfoods by David Wolf – North Atlantic Books 2009. – Passionate About Pregnancy & Post Natal Health & Fitness Education FOREVER! 

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