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Is ZICO Coconut Water good as a sports drink?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 19, 2010 at 3:38 PM

What do you think about it as a sports drink? http://www.zico.com/products/

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on May 05, 2012
at 11:55 PM

coconut water kefir? Sounds delicious..

F524eaa9d58e5cd2d2368ff7bfffda9c

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on May 05, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Can anyone name the logical fallacy in this answer

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Or even better, Taste Nirvana or Amy & Brian's.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 14, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Paleo Dan, +1 for your opening comment.

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on August 12, 2011
at 04:40 PM

Wouldn't people who live in tropical areas have drunk water from coconuts?

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

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on July 22, 2011
at 08:54 PM

I agree with you on this. Amy and Brian's is great.

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on July 03, 2011
at 02:38 AM

Zico is awesome and Taste Nirvana tastes like rice pudding (equally awesome!)

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on May 13, 2011
at 07:43 PM

A few years back the Phil Eagles made news with drinking pickle juice during summer camp. It works. NOT all Coconut water is made the same. And I prefer not to give my money to coca-cola or folks like them who own almost all those drink companies.

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on May 13, 2011
at 05:48 PM

pickle juice? is that some kind of euphemism or are there just a lot of pregnant women working out in Philly? I agree that Vita Coco is way better than Zico. There's a place by my house where i can buy a $20 case for $2 (some weird Amazon deal they get). So I actually love the stuff for a recovery drink.

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on June 28, 2010
at 10:40 PM

We thought of approaching Zico, but thought better of it. Look for Taste Nirvana Coconut in glass container, it's the best. Trust me, it's worth the 2 dollars.

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on May 03, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Sure, if you're in a situation where you can eat some spinach, liver, or something, then I agree and plain water would be fine. But for longer activities where eating a meal isn't realistic, you will need to supplement with electrolytes. I have suffered mild hyponatremia from taking in too much water without electrolytes; it's not fun.

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on May 01, 2010
at 01:42 AM

I have to disagree with you Paleo Dan. It is a myth that you require sodium or potassium supplementation in your water to restore electrolytes. Eat some spinach or eat some liver or something and you'll restore your electrolytes just fine. Drink plain water if you are thirsty. Drink coconut water if for some reason you want some coconut sugars. http://bit.ly/aAEPF4

4310630972b25b6ed4fbd0fe7a7201d0

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on February 20, 2010
at 02:14 AM

Ha! Give me brown and hairy any day! I pretty much instantly avoid anything that markets itself as "fat free." If you don't like dietary fat, then I don't like you. ;) I do love the electrolyte content, but damn, that sugar'll kill ya!

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4310630972b25b6ed4fbd0fe7a7201d0

on February 20, 2010
at 12:44 AM

I agree with Vivienne that water is best, but plain filtered water such as from a bottle or tap is not. The water of our evolutionary ancestors would've been loaded with minerals and electrolytes. When participating in sports and sweating heavily, your body will lose a large amount of sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes. Trying to replace sweat with nothing but water further exacerbates the issue by diluting what electrolytes are left in your system.

The best sports drink, then, is water with electrolytes added. The easiest thing to do is mix salt (both sodium- and potassium-based salts), magnesium, etc, with your tap water. There are a large number of DIY recipes out there... just Google "diy sports drink recipe" for a few options.

If that's not your thing, there are some retail options out there. One I know offhand is owater which is zero-carb and not too crazy with the additives. They use potassium and magnesium, so you might still want to add a small amount of sodium-based salt to balance it out.

Bdcb2101fd3f1853cfd645094d8ad086

on May 01, 2010
at 01:42 AM

I have to disagree with you Paleo Dan. It is a myth that you require sodium or potassium supplementation in your water to restore electrolytes. Eat some spinach or eat some liver or something and you'll restore your electrolytes just fine. Drink plain water if you are thirsty. Drink coconut water if for some reason you want some coconut sugars. http://bit.ly/aAEPF4

4310630972b25b6ed4fbd0fe7a7201d0

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on May 03, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Sure, if you're in a situation where you can eat some spinach, liver, or something, then I agree and plain water would be fine. But for longer activities where eating a meal isn't realistic, you will need to supplement with electrolytes. I have suffered mild hyponatremia from taking in too much water without electrolytes; it's not fun.

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on February 19, 2010
at 06:37 PM

Best "sports" drink is water.

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on February 19, 2010
at 11:02 PM

Vivienne's answer is right on point.

I stay away from sugar in general, but I do love the taste of coconut water. I wouldn't ever have it as more than an occasional indulgence though. Leaving aside the science of how much sugar is too much (from reading Conditioning Research, my understanding is the answer is "almost any"), our ancestral environment had very, very few sources of sugars. Fruits were not bred to their current levels of sweetness and (except in the jungle) are very seasonal. About the only "natural" source would have been wild honey, which is prized by hunter-gatherers worldwide but obviously is not that plentiful. So, drink your Zico, just not much more frequently than you would eat wild honey if you had to pull it out of an active hive by yourself.

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on August 12, 2011
at 04:40 PM

Wouldn't people who live in tropical areas have drunk water from coconuts?

F524eaa9d58e5cd2d2368ff7bfffda9c

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on May 05, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Can anyone name the logical fallacy in this answer

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on June 26, 2010
at 08:57 PM

I do NOT like Zico- I drink a LOT of coconut water and Vita Coco is the only one to buy. Water is fine for sports but coconut water is great drink when you want something other than water. If it is only about dollars and cents- gather rain water in a pail.

Then again - there is the philly standby- PICKLE JUICE after a good sweat

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on May 13, 2011
at 07:43 PM

A few years back the Phil Eagles made news with drinking pickle juice during summer camp. It works. NOT all Coconut water is made the same. And I prefer not to give my money to coca-cola or folks like them who own almost all those drink companies.

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on May 13, 2011
at 05:48 PM

pickle juice? is that some kind of euphemism or are there just a lot of pregnant women working out in Philly? I agree that Vita Coco is way better than Zico. There's a place by my house where i can buy a $20 case for $2 (some weird Amazon deal they get). So I actually love the stuff for a recovery drink.

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on May 25, 2010
at 03:05 PM

I definitely agree with Marcie, Vita Coco is the way to go. Best taste by far!

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on April 30, 2010
at 07:38 PM

Zico is from concentrate and really not worth the money. If you want legit good coconut water, I suggest springing for Vita Coco. They're the same price but a huge difference in taste and quality.

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Or even better, Taste Nirvana or Amy & Brian's.

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on February 21, 2010
at 09:03 PM

It does contain a fair amount of sugar. You can actually ferment this out if you have water kefir grains. I bought some on ebay and fermented the water from young thai coconuts...which are like Zico, but sometimes cheaper and non pasteurized so it often has a better flavor...plus you get some delicious jelly too.

If you are interested in natural water, check out Find A Spring. Some are free!

F524eaa9d58e5cd2d2368ff7bfffda9c

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on May 05, 2012
at 11:55 PM

coconut water kefir? Sounds delicious..

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:55 PM

I bought a new one yesterday Amy & Brian's Coconut Juice - just young coconut juice and it comes with the pulp or without. Grabbed the one with pulp and.. its GOOD! All the other coconut drinks skeeve me out.. a little slimy and tasting kind of like raw meat. I think it was around $2 for a 17.5oz can. Will get again for sure but more than likely only drink on those day's when my WOD's are particularly intense.

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on July 22, 2011
at 08:54 PM

I agree with you on this. Amy and Brian's is great.

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on January 01, 2011
at 08:59 AM

I think everyone missing the point Here. When asking the question"is tap water better for you than drinking coconut water?" My first question would be how much poisonous flouride is in your tap water. Seems like everyone is so hung up on sugar. Let's not forget that when anything unnaturally introduced to things as simple as water or coconut water. We should be asking ourselves why would you have to add anything at all?

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on February 19, 2010
at 06:47 PM

According to ZICO, and the nutrition information on their website, these drinks have 0 fat.

"The brown, hairy coconuts have fat but ZICO comes from young, green coconuts. The water is naturally fat free."

They do however have quite a bit of sugars in them. Around 14g per serving.

http://www.zico.com/media/files/assets/zico-nutritional-info.pdf

4310630972b25b6ed4fbd0fe7a7201d0

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on February 20, 2010
at 02:14 AM

Ha! Give me brown and hairy any day! I pretty much instantly avoid anything that markets itself as "fat free." If you don't like dietary fat, then I don't like you. ;) I do love the electrolyte content, but damn, that sugar'll kill ya!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 14, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Paleo Dan, +1 for your opening comment.

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on May 13, 2011
at 04:29 PM

I have experimented with various electrolyte sources for the past 5 years using them during intense personal training (combination of cardio and weights). I would avoid Gatordade, Powerade and the like because of artificial colors, sweeteners, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.

I used Vita Coco, One and Zico coconut drinks for 3 years (like Vita Coco the best of them) but once I weaned off sugars/sweeteners in Paleo/Primal I found them too sweet. After having tasted real green coconut water in various tropical regions - Central America, Asia, etc. I am convinced that the commercial coconut waters sold in the USA (and maybe other countries) are too sweet. Perhaps they are using a sweeter breed of coconut and/or they have concentrated the sugars and dehydrated the water portion to make them sweeter to cater them to the American palate. Or maybe green coconut water is less sweet than brown coconut water (not exactly sure).

The green coconuts also have a white fleshy, fatty part that is very tasty when scooped out after drinking the water. I have seen monkeys do this (maybe they like the lauric acid too)!

My personal trainer said real coconut water (one that you'd cut open) is similar to IV saline and electrolyte fluids used in the hospital and can be the best electrolyte.

Owater Lemon-Lime Electrolyte I also used for several years (when I alternated with Vita Coco) but now find it too sweet. They also changed the formulation/taste so it has rosemary extract(why?!) and so I don't care for it anymore.

I now take 750 ml of spring water and eat a banana (has potassium and other nutrients) before or after the gym. If I really crave salt I will have homemade oven roasted potatoes sprinkled with sea salt or add extra sea salt to the protein/fat I eat afterwards.

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on July 16, 2010
at 08:16 PM

I think someone needs to delete the vita coca spammers from this question... It's so blatant it's almost funny

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on February 20, 2010
at 12:04 AM

Hmmm, let's do the math: ZICO coconut water, 16 cents per ounce; generic bottled water, 1 cent per ounce; filtered tap water, less than 1 cent per ounce. To me, its price point makes coconut water a luxury item, not an everyday "thirst quencher."

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on June 04, 2013
at 12:22 AM

www.HarmlessHarvest.com or a young thai coconut for me. An old, hairy brown one if I am desperate.

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on June 04, 2013
at 12:08 AM

O.N.E coconut water is by far the best and the most legitimate brand I have researched thus far. Their coconuts are straight from the Philippines and even packaged there! Supporting the locals and their entire infrastructure. By being packaged in the Philippines it actually ensures 100% natural with absolutely nothing added. It's the brand I have grown to trust and absolutely adore. Zero additives necessary for me!

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on July 02, 2011
at 04:43 PM

i've only had fresh young coco. water[[email protected]]--how does vitacoco compare to fresh? i find it too sweet unless i'm starving or had lots protein,fats &/or spices.

tartare, where can i get a deal like that?

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on January 13, 2011
at 01:38 AM

Seriously, no one is going to live off of coconut water, it's meant as an alternative from drinking water every hour of the day 7 days a week for the rest of your life(style) So, drink it from the most natural source possible, whether it's straight from young coconuts or from a bottle. Just do it...Also make your own almond milk. It's easy and delish! take two cups of almonds 1 cup of water (or so) Blend in a good blender...then strain through a nut juice bag (yes really the name) Then you can reuse the pulp left over. Win-win.

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Bdcb2101fd3f1853cfd645094d8ad086

on May 01, 2010
at 01:38 AM

I mean, it's the fluid from inside a coconut, and that's it, right? Or is it really "from concentrate"? If you drink this, it's a "natural" source of sugar. But it's still carbs. You'll have to give up carbs elsewhere in your diet. So that's the trade off. Do you want to drink your carbs from a commercially packaged box, or eat them from a natural, unprocessed source?

Bottom line: don't drink it because you need hydration. Drink it because for some reason that's how you want to get those carbs. (Sometimes, it might make sense to get your carbs with some fluid).

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on July 16, 2010
at 07:24 PM

Zico is not the best coconut water because it has additional ingredients such as citric acid--it's unhealthy. I personally drink Vita Coco because it's the only coconut water that is all natural.

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on June 30, 2010
at 06:04 PM

Yes vita Coco has awesome flavors that Zico does not have. I love the Pineapple flavor! It's delicious.

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on June 28, 2010
at 04:25 PM

I agree with many of the commenters-- Vita Coco is much better than Zico because it is the only coconut drink that is completely organic and healthy. They have the largest variety of flavors and tastes the best

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on June 25, 2010
at 10:24 PM

I hate Zico. Vita Coco tastes way better. Zico is made from concentrate.

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