Results: Regardless of which drink the study subjects were given, they
- Lost and regained similar amounts of weight
- Had the same amount of fluid retention
- Had similar exercise performance
- Experienced similar levels of bloating and stomach upset
I like the way it tastes, but oh the hype about its health benefits.
I haven’t posted anything about industry-funded research for a long time, mainly because I’m working on a book on the topic. Here’s one asking whether coconut water works as well as Gatorade for rehydration after exercise.
Of course it does. Both have water.
Study title: Comparison of coconut water and a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink on measures of hydration and physical performance in exercise-trained men.
Authors: Douglas S Kalman, Samantha Feldman, Diane R Krieger, and Richard J Bloomer
Competing interests: Financial support for this work was provided by VitaCoco® Company (New York, NY). The investigators have no direct or indirect interest in VitaCoco®. RJB has received research funding or has acted as a consultant to nutraceutical and dietary supplement companies.
VitaCoco must want to market its product as a sports drink. In this instance, neutral (“as good as”) results position this drink as an alternative to Gatorade or its equivalent.
Water works too…