Monday, August 9, 2010

Excerpt on Coconut Water, from Austin News, Channel 8

With more than $4 billion in annual sales, sports drinks have become a staple of American lives. Now, a new player on the market may be stealing all of the thunder, celebrities and cash.

The new, en Vogue sports drink is coconut water.

A United Nations study found it has the same five electrolytes found in human blood. Gatorade only has two.

Tanya Roller is a health counselor at Daylight Wellness in Orlando, Florida.

"Commercial energy drinks usually have dyes in them, which can be neurotoxins and they're extremely loaded with refined sugar," she said.

The federal government said Gatorade has less than 5 grams of sugar for every 100 grams.

Coconut water has less than 3 grams for every 100 grams.

If you're the partying type, experts say coconut water is an excellent cure for hangovers, for all of the reasons mentioned.

All told, sales of coconut water in the U.S. cleared $50 million last year alone.

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