“You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up…you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up…” Great song! Uniquely written though to incorporate a very weird looking…well…fruit…right? I mean it does come down off of a tree…like an apple, and the technical definition of a fruit is something along the lines of soft inside with harsh skin/covering. And with every other fruit in its greatest form….orange, apple, and heck…kiwi…it tastes great! Then why in the heck…unlike every other fruit…does the juice in the middle by itself taste absolutely awful?!?
So how is this pertinent to runners out there? Well, coconut water is making a huge push to be the overwhelming natural sports drink. It has the electrolytes and hydrating properties that all the sugar enhanced flavored bottles have, but it also has…ready…vitamins and nutrients!
Look…I am again, in no way a nutritionist, or exercise physiologist, or whatever “ist” you want to put on the end of someone’s title to have them tell you what you should eat to better perform as an endurance athlete. What comes from these pages it just plain old speak about a way to get your heart moving that’s worked on this end. When someone comes out and says that coconut water is the next big thing…of course I am going to try it. Especially if they say it’s better for you, and…well…its water! It comes from coconut! Who doesn’t love coconut! Haven’t you ever had a pina colada? It’s tasty! Coconut water?….not so much!
Orange juice…kind of tastes like an orange. Apple juice…kind of tastes like an apple. Coconut water/juice…kind of tastes like crap! Now I know that coconut doesn’t so let’s figure out how to help. What if we add just a little coconut flavor to it? Starbucks has this great sugar-riched coconut syrup……yeah….probably not what you want in a sports drink. Can you say crash? How about some actual coconut? That might work right? I mean they make orange juice with pulp…and people get around that in their drink? Well…actually those coconut flakes are kind of tough and rigid. Can you see a runner mid stride trying to dig some coconut flakes out of their teeth post drink? Probably not a good site.
Look, I am sure that it’s a great hydrator, and it does wonders for someone’s digestive system making it flow evenly. Post run…look we all have had the “aftertaste” of some of these sports drinks, and some of these newer ones with the enhanced protein in there…just make me want to puke right there (took two sips, and that was that). Just like barefoot running…if you’re all about going au natural, but need some flavor instead of the good ol go to…H2O…then grab that weird shaped juice box looking package. All I ask is that if it continues to grow…please give us some additional flavors (namely pina colada!!!), and be careful in the chopping of those hard shelled fruits…and look down at your boots…and lace up!