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Food fact or fiction? Five food trends deconstructed

Feb 18th 2014 at 8:25 PM

Coconut water

Feeling parched and looking for a thirst-quenching alternative to plain old water? Grabbing coconut water is a great way to stay hydrated. It’s chock-full of electrolytes and potassium, making it the perfect cure for a hangover, says Anar Allidina, a registered dietitian in Toronto. But watch

out for the high sugar content of this natural drink, which some manufacturers top up with added sugar. Allidina recommends sticking to drinks that contain fewer than 12 grams of sugar. “Even though it’s organic, sugar is sugar,” she says.

Coconut water makes a good natural energy drink when you’re working out, so go ahead and bring it along on your morning run or to your weekly spinning class. But if you’re planning on running

a marathon or taking part in another endurance activity, coconut water may not cut it. “Coconut

water is lower in carbohydrates and sodium compared to traditional sports drinks formulated for performance,” says Andrea Holwegner, a Calgary-based dietitian and the president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting.

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