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just Justin Whitson
Coconut water concentrate 50% off at Swansons Vitamins on 05/12/2013 10:23:54 MDT Print View

Not sure if this counts as "gear" or not, but i bought and received some of this stuff a little while ago, and so far quite like it. Add some salt and water (and maybe some b-complex vitamins), and it's a very excellent electrolyte replacement and energy booster. Gatorade doesn't hold a candled compared to this stuff.

It would be great though, if it came in dried powder form, and thus truly and fully concentrated.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Coconut water concentrate 50% off at Swansons Vitamins on 05/12/2013 10:42:09 MDT Print View

"'s a very excellent electrolyte replacement and energy booster. "


Sodium - you'd need to drink the entire bottle to replace the sodium lost in a liter of sweat.
Or the amount of sodium you'd get from two MYOG salt capsule for about 4 cents.

Energy - 675 calories per bottle. From simple sugar. No Thanks.

At $5.00 a bottle, 5 bottles a day, in 40 ounces of liquid, that's a lot so money and weight. And that's assuming you sweat/drink only 5 liters of water a day.

"Gatorade doesn't hold a candled compared to this stuff."

Coca Cola is better than Gatorade. Plain water and a pinch of salt is better than Gatorade. Anything is better than Gatorade.

Do you work for Swansons? Or just not do the math?

Edited by greg23 on 05/12/2013 10:53:07 MDT.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Coconut water concentrate 50% off at Swansons Vitamins on 05/12/2013 11:09:21 MDT Print View

Greg, i also prefaced with "add salt... and...". You are supposed to mix/dilute this with water, and SO the sugar levels will only be 6 grams per serving with 5 grams of other carbs. There are 15 servings per bottle.

It's the very high potassium levels, and in natural form with some natural sugars/carbs, which is what i like about it. We use and sweat out large amounts of potassium as well as sodium, and since the typical western diet tends to be much more deficient in potassium than sodium... i guess i'm "doing different math" than you. Believe it or not, some people actually prefer natural, more food based stuff than just simple math and reductionist nutrition too.

As far as energy booster, i meant solely as a beverage as you are hiking, not as a meal replacement. Also, as i said before, this stuff would be much better if in powder form.

No, i do not work for Swansons vitamins. If i did, i would have said so to begin with.

p.s., while most don't know about or care about such info, this drink is also highly alkalizing because of the combination of the large amounts of potassium, magnesium, and small amounts of calcium, and i find for myself that i get more of an energy boost from this rather than just the calories and sugars.

Bill Law
(williamlaw) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Coconut water concentrate 50% off at Swansons Vitamins on 05/12/2013 11:40:40 MDT Print View

Independent of my general and well-founded cynicism about such nutritional supplement fads, I will say that the coconut water I sampled at work was the worst tasting concoction ever.

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/12/2013 12:19:15 MDT Print View

You could have worded your post differently to seem as if you weren't "attacking" the OP. He obviously took some well-thought time to make his post for the good of the community here so.... show a little respect. This, in my humble opinion, is a great deal and Coco Water is one of the most hydrating drinks on the market. With a pinch of salt, like the OP said, will make suitable to provide enough sodium loss from sweat. I don't know about most hikers, but I don't really worry about how many calories are in my drinks... I get that from other sustenance so that part of your post is mostly irrelevant. It seems like your argument was to poke your opinion around, not to provide an accurate representation of product usage. I don't think the OP was meaning for you to only drink this as a complete do all of hydration... so yes, YOUR math was very, very wrong. So if you do your math knowing this now, you can get quite a few uses from this bottle - (much more than a typical coconut water bottle at $6 for 33oz and guess what? Less weight this way). Some of us believe CW is the holy grail of hydration because of the inherent minerals within, especially Potassium (I won't repeat what the OP said about this). I would, ideally, drink a serving of this at the beginning of a hike for an energy boost and at the end of a hike to "re-hydrate." It can be, but ideally is not, something that you drink all day while hiking.

I'm sure you've heard that "beer is an acquired taste." There is no difference with CW. I hated it the first few times but now I suck it down like it is the nectar of the gods! At least that is what is feels like for me! YMMV.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/12/2013 12:56:11 MDT Print View

Hi Dan, thank you for the more balanced and constructive reply. I've also been using C.W. for awhile myself, didn't much like the taste at first either, and while i know it's very subjective--i've found that my body really benefits from it over many other beverages that i've tried which are supposedly rehydrators. I also just drink a lot of plain water.

Another thing i've tried, which i also like, is mixing lemon powder with sucanat (a much less refined version of cane sugar that actually has some minerals and vitamins left in), salt, and water. I've found this to be almost just as good as C.W., but less convenient and more sticky. However, it's much lighter, more concentrated, and imo tastes a bit better.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/12/2013 17:10:33 MDT Print View

The quote in my post was taken directly from Justine.

You apparently came to the same conclusion.

"...With a pinch of salt, like the OP said, will make suitable to provide enough sodium loss from sweat."

So it's not really an electrolyte source.

"...but I don't really worry about how many calories are in my drinks..."

So it's not really an "energy booster"

Then we are in agreement.

My last comment in that post was uncalled for. I apologize for the snarkieness.
But the facts still stand.

Daniel Russell

Locale: Creation
Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/12/2013 18:56:54 MDT Print View

Let's use the whole sentence for our quote.

"Add some salt and water (and maybe some b-complex vitamins), and it's a very excellent electrolyte replacement and energy booster."

Table salt is an electrolyte, that is a well known fact. He states, add salt and it is a very excellent electrolyte replacement. I agree with this. It also has Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium which are three of the most crucial electrolytes.

Energy booster? Now that's a little foggy. The argument can be made that vitamins are crucial to your level of energy because they are used for chemical reactions in the body that give you energy. But, of course, vitamins are not an energy source. Vitamins, I have found, give me a nice placebo affect, at the least, because I always feel better when I eat mineral-rich foods like kale or spinach. Inevitably we come to the conclusion that it is not an 'adequate' energy booster, we are in agreement here. However, it is, by definition an "energy booster" because any caloric intake provides energy production (even such a minute amount as in this serving size).

I apologize for my "tone" in my first post as well, I sometimes read back later on what I have written and think "that wasn't necessary."

None of use are wright or wrong. :D


Edited by Superfluous_Grizzly on 05/12/2013 19:02:03 MDT.

Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/12/2013 21:12:07 MDT Print View

I appreciate suggestions like this for more naturally based hydration sources. A good alternative to something really nasty like Gatorade.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/12/2013 21:32:40 MDT Print View

Part of the problem is that there is no definition of what is a natural taste. So, I suggest that you try a few different commercial sports drinks first. Try to decide which flavors you prefer. Some have a lot of sucrose sugar. Others have more maltodextrins or other energy compounds for a different glycemic index. Once your sampling is finished, you can concoct your own drink powder using the raw ingredients. You can add special electrolytes, if you wish, or skip them. You can prepare something stronger or weaker in concentration, just as you wish.

Personally, I go for dilute Gatorade or else my own custom mix, but I never use the same flavor for two days in a row.


just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/13/2013 21:34:56 MDT Print View

Greg wrote, "Dan,
The quote in my post was taken directly from Justine."

If you hadn't noticed, my name is Justin (male body--hairy, muscular, with an outie and all) and not Justine. Regards the rest of your erroneous assumptions i suspect we have rather different views on the larger picture of things, so it would be a waste of both of our times for me to go into exact specifics of what i believe, why i believe and how i came to those beliefs via much experience, research, and experimentation. You're already shown quite clearly that you easily and blatantly ignore info that contradicts your assumptions, and i'm not the only one who has noticed this.

Suffice it to generally say, that i've had a long time (16+ years), very committed and intense interest in health and diet because of some childhood health issues that were treated very poorly by mainstream modern medicine, but were treated well and successfully by self after much research, experimentation, and going within--naturally and all through diet, natural medicines (herbs etc), exercise, and attitude changes. As well as watching my mother whom i was very close to, get sick with cancer when i was 16 and later died shortly after my 20th b-day.

I've learned to observe and listen to my body. I've also become skeptical of mainstream, accepted beliefs whether so called "science" based or not.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
fan on 05/13/2013 21:43:59 MDT Print View

well, I drink it because I like the taste, and I can pronounce the ingredients.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/13/2013 22:49:29 MDT Print View

Hi Dan,

I will go a bit into my "energy boosting" statement more specifically for you since you may find the latter interesting. It's neither a mainstream or conventionally medical accepted theory, but there is a growing understanding, acceptance, and theory based on the chemistry and electro-magnetic physics of alkaline and acid within the body (which is over simply and essentially the interplay, reaction, and balance of negative and positive charge).

If you are interested, later i can reference an excellent book written on the subject. I've been aware of this theory and testing it for about 12 years now.

Let's put aside calories, vitamins, and minerals (in and of themselves) for a moment and look at the body in a much more fundamental and core way. When you go deeper, more basic, and smaller than cells, etc our bodies are essentially organized, multi layered vibrating electrical patterns of matter. Just like in electricity, there are two main poles positive and negative and those are expressed and experienced in different ways in the body.

To really simplify things, think of water and blood in connection to our body electricity and the nervous system which is it's main relay system. If you took distilled water, run a strong current through same, and washed off all salts etc from your hand and placed it in the water, you would not experience any electrical shock. The electricity doesn't "move" through the water very well thus you are in a sense insulated from the positive force of electricity.

What happens when you add some salts, like sodium? Bam, you'd get shocked because the electricity can then flow very well throughout the water via the negative charge of same.

It's well known that the human body and it's blood, universally, has a very narrow ph range of about 7.4 eg slightly alkaline. The body works very hard to maintain that very narrow range of blood ph. If that ph gets altered even to a small extent, big problems happen. Again, the life, the body electricity that flows throughout the nervous system functions most efficiently and strongly within an environment of a negative charge because it is electricity in what is essentially primarily water.

The body's metabolic processes are innately acid forming in nature. One way the body keeps balance is through breathing--for an example, continuous fast but deep breaths of fresh air while the body is relaxed and not expending energy can create a more alkaline, negative charge in the body. But the other way we really affect that is through our diet and particularly through minerals in same. Many minerals tend to have an innately strong negative or positive charge.

Basic potassium is the most negatively charged mineral. Some other negatively charged ones are sodium, calcium, and magnesium for the more macro minerals. Some positively charged ones are sulfur, phosphorus, and iodine for example.

But it's not just minerals that affect it. Proteins and amount of calories in general also do. Generally speaking, the higher the concentration of proteins, more acid forming a food or drink will tend to be. Generally speaking, the more calorie rich a food, the more acid forming it tends to be. (large amounts of potassium can offset these to varying degrees depending when in the same food).

I'm really simplifying things here for the sake of brevity, but the typical modern American and general Western diets tend to be rather acid forming--especially those meat and bread, and junk food junkie types. This adds strain to the body and body works over time to try to keep that all important balance. One common way for the body to do same, is to leach calcium from the bones to counteract the acid buildup in the tissues, etc, which eventually can slightly affect that all important blood ph range crucial to life.

Coconut water is very highly alkalizing. It is so because the balance of alkaline reacting minerals to acid reacting is so high on the former (especially potassium), because it is low calorie, very easy to digest, and because it is very low protein. All in a natural package that nature created, and the nutrients of same are highly bioavailable. You can throw a bunch of crappy, treated/over processed table salt and potassium chloride into some water, and yes it will become more alkalizing, but these are not particularly bioavailable forms, and what the body doesn't use is a waste product and must be gotten rid of. Too much non bioavailable stuff can eventually put strain on the body, when it's constantly striving to rid itself of waste products. If it doesn't do it efficiently, this gunk tends to build up, worsening and perpetuating the cycle until something changes. This is why the closer to natural and food based the nutrition it is, generally the more helpful, efficient, and truly health promoting it will be. Our bodies have been designed and fitted to eat foods that nature produces, not man distilled, isolated, over processed, and/or synthesized chemicals, "nutrients", etc.

Hence, in a sense, albeit not in a conventional or direct sense, i've noticed that Coconut water is "energy boosting". Anything that so counteracts and balances out that over acid load constantly being put on the body from diet, stress, metabolic processes, etc will help to energize the body by helping out the electro-magnetic flow of the nervous system, nerves, and blood. You're basically strengthening, amplifying, and facilitating balance in the body electricity itself! No, it's not energizing in the same way or manner that calories (or even vitamins) are, but it's (very) important in it's own way.

It should be mentioned that while it's extremely rare, it is possible to over alkalize the body, and actually that can be more quickly deadly to the body than a chronic tendency to a bit over acidity (which is very, very common)..

It's actually very hard to over do the over alkalizing process via just natural means of foods and natural drinks. But an illustration from my personal files might be suggestive. I once did a 7 day fast wherein i "ate" only liquid, easy to digest, very low calorie, and highly alkalizing foods like green drinks, fresh lemon juice and herbal teas in water, etc. By the end of the fast and once i got over the main detox parts, i actually was buzzing with energy. I had a lot more than normal, to the point wherein my need for sleep dramatically reduced. But i felt strongly that i should not go beyond the 7 days of highly alkalizing drinks--it was like it was becoming too much.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/14/2013 00:57:14 MDT Print View

Just a brief add on to my last post. I've mentioned it before a couple of times briefly, but when i am disciplined in my diet and eat more alkaline reacting foods and diet than not (basically your fruits, most veggies, and some specific nuts and seeds), i don't get even a hint of the common cold let alone anything worse. Occasionally i go off my disciplined diet and eat too many foods i wouldn't normally, more stressed than usual, drink more beer, etc. and i may start to feel a cold coming on, but 9 times out of 10, i will radically change my diet to a much more healthful and alkalizing and it knocks the cold out before it fully takes root.

I don't fully understand the why and mechanism behind this. I've heard that most pathogenic organisms just don't tend to propagate well in an even slightly alkaline environment, as compared to a slightly acidic. (the two most common states in most bodies). While i've seen some specific studies on this, these have been rare. It would be interesting if there were more done.

But, i don't need to fully understand something to understand and know from repeated experience that it works, and consistently so.

Matt Dirksen
(NamelessWay) - MLife

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/15/2013 05:15:52 MDT Print View


I just want to acknowledge you for what you have shared. I read it with great interest and I thank you for your thoughts and personal experience.

My family drinks coconut water fairly often at home, and my wife "swears" she always feels more refreshed after drinking it. You post offered me some possible insight into "why" she might feel this way. She has Lymes, and I believe she is rather sensitive to what she consumes these days.

I (like many on this list, I suspect) attempt to balance the "hard science" of phenomena with the "mystery" of phenomena.

For years, I've come to embrace the belief that the more I "know" about things, the more beautiful and "unknowable" it is as well.

And, like DOS or UNIX, these "Ways" are just operating systems within the hard drive of life, I guess. As long as I can get the printer to work once in a while.

Thank you,


Sean Smith
loco for coco on 05/15/2013 11:06:39 MDT Print View

for what it's worth (not saying this one isnt but do your own research) most coconut water is hardly real coconut water.

i see it as a grossly overpriced fad with misleading ingredients which I happen to like the taste of so am guilty of purchasing it now and again.

However, I don't delude myself into thinking it's better at hydrating my body than good old water is.

The sugar is important for most endurance based activities but I think the electrolyte content is not so much.

If you want to get a "deal" buy a giant bag of maltodextrin or perhaps concoct a blend of glucose/fructose and mix your own drinks for pennies.

Edited by Spookykinkajou on 05/15/2013 11:07:57 MDT.

just Justin Whitson
Re: : Poking negative opinion never helps..... on 05/15/2013 17:42:55 MDT Print View

Hi Matt,

I'm very sorry to hear about your wife having Lymes disease. Your welcome, and thank you as well--i appreciate the appreciation.

just Justin Whitson
Re: loco for coco on 05/15/2013 18:13:24 MDT Print View

Sean wrote, "The sugar is important for most endurance based activities but I think the electrolyte content is not so much."

Dehydration occurs when either water and/or electrolytes run too low in the body. Water is more important and crucial, but.. During endurance based activities, the body sweats out loads of both sodium and potassium. Also other mineral salts, but those two are the main, major ones. Think of the word "electrolyte" and what it means...

Even if you don't "buy" the alkaline-acid Ph balance theory, most mainstream sources will tell you that electrolytes are extremely important when large amounts of sweat and physical activity are involved--especially any long term activities.

Eating food periodically during your active phases will obviously help that out, but it's far more efficient and quicker for the body to get these through an easy to digest liquid form. But, at the end of the day, sure water is more or less fine as long as you're getting the electrolytes via some other means. But make sure it's not JUST sodium, but also potassium!

Personally, i don't know how processed or not coconut water is--i've never seen it made or packaged in a factory. Many companies will add some things like ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin c--not the most bio-available form though) at the very least, as a preservative. I assume that all companies pasteurize it to some degree to keep it from spoiling and/or to kill any potential pathogens.

Other than that, i don't see what other processing would be done. In the concentrated coconut water's case, obviously they evaporate a large portion of the water out. I've had fresh coconut water, and comparing it to the taste of some of the brands i've tried which add minimal ingredients, the taste is fairly similar though not exactly the same. That, along with the RDA listing of nutrients--which indicates that the processed C.W. is still quite nutritionally dense, leads me to believe that it's more or less natural coconut water.

And, 520 milligrams of potassium and 8% of daily recommended magnesium in just one tablespoon of this concentrated stuff is nothing to sneeze at. It's got more potassium in a tablespoon than a whole small to medium sized banana and is generally more nutritionally dense as far as minerals and vitamins.

Perhaps it's a "fad", but by all accounts it's a smart and healthy, though slightly expensive, fad. A generally cheaper source would be the less refined molasses, like blackstrap cane molasses. However, taste wise personally i will go with the coconut water or concentrate.

Edited by ArcturusBear on 05/17/2013 11:40:49 MDT.

Sean Smith
info on 05/16/2013 10:02:00 MDT Print View

I'm not an expert, but do have quite a bit of experience and study regarding nutrition. I'm also a professional cyclist that races in extreme climates in southeast Asia on occasion so very well understand the importance of nutrition and hydration.

Most of the "coconut" waters are simply water with natural and artifical flavors to make it taste like coconut water even having hidden ingredients that our wonderful FDA allows and seems to even encourage. for it to truly be coconut water it will need to leave the source frozen and remain that way until happily ingesting it. the vitamins, your potassium you so love, are not a natural source from the coconut water, added after stripping it of essential nutrients to make it "safe" according to the FDA. my guess, like most synthetic vitamins, is they are not readily absorbed by the body and simply passed right through.

The body is an amazing thing and really does not need all these supplements to operate at maximum efficiency.

I've been unable to find hardly any evidence to support that performance is enhanced, even in extreme heat/cold, by taking electrolytes. Usually it's the opposite and that it hampers or is even considered unhealthy. Please share studies if you have them supporting electrolyte supplements. Glucose/Fructose studies? yes! they easily show that they are superior for certain endurance activities compared to just water.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
nm on 05/16/2013 14:12:54 MDT Print View


Edited by greg23 on 05/16/2013 18:33:27 MDT.