I recently tried two water products: ONE Coconut Water and ASEA water. I enjoyed “one” (hehe!) of them but was not keen on the other. Let’s begin with ASEA water.
When I first heard about ASEA, I was skeptical. I didn’t really understand what the point of it was (to be honest, I didn’t even know what it was). The boyfriend helped me out with the science part of the website, and I figured I might as well try the water.
It wasn’t until ASEA arrived and I could read the ingredient list that I realized that there is salt added to the water. Salt! A considerable amount, too: 123 mg per 4 oz water (for comparison purposes, we shouldn’t have more than 1,500 mg sodium in a day; 300 mg is the maximum amount that we should really have in one meal). The water tastes disgusting. Super salty. Awful. Besides that, there’s enough salt in the Standard American Diet without the need of adding salt in water! As the mother dear commented, this water might be useful for super intense athletes – think Olympics-style athletes who need to replace the sodium they’ve lost – but definitely not for the average person, or even an especially active person.
I now have boxes of water that I am never going to drink. Any takers?
Now on to the water I do like! Well, sort of. I tried ONE Coconut Water on its own and did not like the taste at all, but that’s to be expected because I don’t like the taste of coconut. The sistertraveller adores ONE Coconut water, so she’d be a better judge of something like the taste of it. At any rate, I chose to use my samples of ONE in a tropical smoothie, mixed with greens, mango and frozen banana. It worked great! And I really love all of the nutrients that are in coconut water. It’s packed full of nutrients and an awesome choice for a smoothie.
Coconut water is a brilliant concept because it is full of potassium and electrolytes. It is low-sodium (60 mg per 11 oz) and, although it contains quite a bit of sugar, it is all naturally occurring sugar and therefore it is sugar that our bodies need.
The ingredients in ASEA are distilled water and sodium chloride. I have recently learned that even distilled water can have negative health effects because it strips the water of its naturally occurring minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. The ingredient in ONE coconut water, however, is simply 100% natural coconut water. If I have the choice between “doctored” water and natural water, I’m going to go with the natural stuff.
In the battle between waters, ONE Coconut Water is a much better way to hydrate, nourish and replenish energy stores than ASEA water. On every level. I have to give the folks at ASEA kudos, however, for the vast quantities of their product that they sent me: a gigantic box with four large bottles and about a dozen smaller packs to take on marathons and such. I always appreciate it when a company is generous.
Have you tried ASEA water or ONE coconut water? Do you drink any “sports-style” drink (natural or otherwise)? What are your thoughts on the notion of adding sodium to water?