Stated value. With ONE Coconut Water you don’t have to try the absurd of drinking 9.5 gallons of the beverage to replenish 100% of your daily potassium as you would have to do with Gatorade. On the label you read that ONE Coconut Water is “an excellent source of potassium. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart function. It has 15 times the amount of potassium as most sports drinks and more potassium than one banana.”
60 calories per 11.2 FL OZ (330 ml)
670 mg potassium (19%)
True value. Indeed, with this naturally high potassium content you will have to drink only 330 x 5 = 1650 ml (five packs) or 1650 ml/3790 = 0.435 gallon which is less than half-gallon of ONE Coconut Water. According to the Wikipedia, there is some debate regarding the optimal amount of dietary potassium. For example, the 2004 guidelines of the Institute of Medicine specify a DRI of 4,000 mg of potassium (100 mEq), though most Americans consume only half that amount per day, which would make them formally deficient as regards this particular recommendation. With this regard, the stated potassium content should be within 14 to 17% of DRI and not 19% as stated by the manufacturer. Read about food rich in potassium.
Bottom line. Anyway, to drink 5 – 7 packs (11 OZ, 330 ml) of ONE Coconut Water during extensive work-out looks very realistic for a hard working man or women. The DyeDiet risk diagram is not applicable for the 100% natural fat free and gluten free beverage. It is all “green” and safe to drink in accord with the amount of physical work done.
ONE Coconut Water with mango. Here is another version with a “splash of mango” and a natural flavor. It is still healthy sport and real electrolyte drink that is free from any foreign food additives (xenobiotic chemicals). Its risk diagram is nicely green with the only yellow (benign food additive) segment of a natural flavor:
Carotene is so-called provitamin which generates Vitamin A in the body. While carotenes are widely abundant in the nature (e. g. in carrots and sweet potatoes) latest studies indicated that excessive intake of carotene might increase risk of lung and prostate cancer in smokers. This fact reminds once again that even vital substances may be turned into evil if eaten too much.
In conclusion, Gatorade marketed as an electrolyte is, in fact, just another soft drink with questionable sugar substitutes. I hope this quick report helps to make less risky food choices for you and your children!