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  • Coconut water as post-workout drink?

    Is coconut water (Vita Coco - 100% coconut water) a good choice for a post-workout drink? Today's CF was HIIT with wall ball, box jumps, KB, running and burpees. The thought of eating after that didn't work for me, but I drank a box (2 servings - total 22 g carb, 90 cal, 1000+ mg potassium) of Vita Coco and feel pretty good. Before I stock the fridge with more coconut water, I thought I'd ask the group. Yea? Nay?
    F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

    **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

    **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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    i would say nay. if you're thirst after working out, drink water. what you need though, in some reasonable time frame, is nutrition - more than just carbs and electrolytes; protein.

    i don't care for protein powder or shakes, but if you were to blend the coconut water with some quality whey, that would make more sense to me.

    i would just wait an hour and make a proper meal. i'd be hungry by that point, too!

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    • #3
      Thanks, Jakey -- I appreciate the advice.
      F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

      **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

      **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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      • #4
        I like it, but I don't have any justification for it. I drink it when I'm thirsty after working out as a substitute for water. It's usually something to make me not thirsty while I'm cooking my dinner.

        *Edit* I don't do protein powders. I just don't see the point. I drink the coconut water because.... well... yeah.
        J.

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        • #5
          I also vote nay. I like coconut water, and I've found that after a long run it can be incredibly refreshing, especially if you get a "flavored" one like mango or pineapple (which have a little extra sugar due to the mango or pineapple juice that's been added -- but that's no big deal after a workout).

          But unfortunately it's expensive, and not worth it in my opinion. Tap water is free, and I like it just fine anyway. Also, Jakey is totally correct, coconut water won't give you any of the really important stuff for recovery (protein, etc). That stuff will come from your food.

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          • #6
            I sweat a lot at work, and on long days, I do find it helpful. If I don't replace the eletrolytes, I can end up with a pretty good headache, but not if I drink some coconut water.

            I generally just have one of the 11 oz packs. More than that and I think you're just wasting money. I know Costco had them in 12 packs for about $15 last summer. I'm not sure if they still do.
            Durp.

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            • #7
              I think you answered your own question. If it makes you feel good by all means have one. There is nothing wrong with coconut water (as long as there is no other bullshit added). Water gets boring.
              "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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              • #8
                It has a good whack of potassium in it, more than some sports drinks I've seen, and not much sugar in the basic flavor, so if you are really dehydrated it might be helpful. But it won't ever be a "recovery" drink, just a water substitute. I'm taking some coconut water powder out backpacking in case I need a bit of electrolyte on the hike.
                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                • #9
                  Personally I use coconut water if I'm overly sore or just wiped from a workout. I probably drink a small carton 2 times a wk. it also helps w stomach aches and helps w my TOM. Yes, it's refreshing but can be over consumed.... Just use it when you need a lift

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                  • #10
                    I actually wonder if you need a "post-workout" meal at all. Of course you need to eat somewhere after a workout otherwise you evetually die. But I think any good primal meal which you also eat non-postworkout is just as suitable as postworkout. So coconut water is cool I guess but why not a full meal?
                    well then

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                    • #11
                      Woops sorry just read you didn't want to eat. But you could also wait until you're hungry
                      well then

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                      • #12
                        I had some during/after Kun Tao class on Saturday, and found it (as is) to be too damned sweet. Next time I'll probably try it diluted with an equal volume of water.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the feedback, everyone. I may keep the coconut water after a particularly intensive HIIT day (I drink water during breaks in the workout, and water before/after), but other than that, I'll keep going with water.
                          F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                          **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                          **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ciep View Post
                            I also vote nay. I like coconut water, and I've found that after a long run it can be incredibly refreshing, especially if you get a "flavored" one like mango or pineapple (which have a little extra sugar due to the mango or pineapple juice that's been added -- but that's no big deal after a workout).

                            But unfortunately it's expensive, and not worth it in my opinion. Tap water is free, and I like it just fine anyway. Also, Jakey is totally correct, coconut water won't give you any of the really important stuff for recovery (protein, etc). That stuff will come from your food.
                            I know NYC gets it's tap water from the #1 cleanest artesian underground aquifer in the USA,but is your tap water approximately/somewhat that good too? The tap water in Atlanta sucks balls, always has, & it's super chlorinated & ought to be since its so nasty to begin with.... I've had water filters on tap & in my showers since the late '80s. Well water some too... Northern Calif has some good water, some not so good as well....
                            "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                            "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                            "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                            • #15
                              Lol, well, maybe I shouldn't have said tap water. I personally like spring water (there's actually a place 10 miles from where I live where people go and fill jugs from a natural spring) and prefer to drink that, but I drink from my tap as well (which has a nice clean taste to me, but who knows what contaminants I can't detect). All I really meant in my post was that water, even if you get it bottled or need a filter, is going to be cheaper than coconut water.

                              I do like coconut water though.

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