5. Coconut water
Touted as a lower-calorie, all-natural alternative to Gatorade, coconut water was all the rage a few years ago. But now many experts have pointed out that there aren’t enough electrolytes — or the right balance of these minerals — to make coconut water a sufficient recovery drink. Plus, “unless you’re exercising really hard for a long time or in hot weather, you probably don’t need extra electrolyte replacement in the first place,” Caspero says.
Verdict: It’s not the best call for your workouts. And if you’re spending big bucks on coconut water because you think it’s a step up from plain water, stop kidding yourself. But if you want to sip on something that’s naturally sweet and has a lot less sugar than fruit juice or soda, coconut water is fine. As long as it’s a natural, pure version, those 60 or so calories won’t break you — although they will add up if you guzzle it all day every day.
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