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Coco5 is an All-Natural, Coconut Water-Based Sports Drink Backed By NBA Stars

When you have a sports drink that has NBA superstar Devin Booker as the majority owner and ambassador, and other current and past basketball stars like D’Angelo Russell, Derrick Rose, and Charles Barkley as partners, there should some confidence in how good it is and how well it hydrates.

Introducing Coco5, an all-natural, coconut water-based sports drink that touts itself as “the perfect drink for health and hydration, no matter what your activity level.”

Coco5 was created by professional sports medicine experts and nutritionists from the Chicago area and became a go-to for players as they found that it allowed them to “play harder and longer while suffering fewer dehydration-related injuries and less muscle cramping.”

The revolutionary and great tasting (trust, I sampled all the flavors) sports drink comes in six all-natural flavors: Orange, Pineapple, Cherry, Coconut, Limón and Passion Fruit. Coco5 also has no dyes, caffeine, or anything unpronounceable, with less than half the sugar of popular hydration and sports drinks.

Coco5 is now available throughout the US at select retailers like Costco, Whole Foods and Amazon.

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Canada Invents a High-Protein Sports Drink that Contains Beer

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A Canadian beverage company has crafted a low-calorie, high-protein “recovery ale” aimed at gym rats who want a little buzz with their post-workout beverage. Finally, working out does have immediate rewards.

Lean Machine, created by beverage company Vampt, contains 7 vitamins, 7 grams of protein and 77 calories per serving — plus 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. While the idea of gym hangovers sound awful, a study published in last December’s International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that alcohol’s dehydrating effect can be lowered by toying with electrolyte content. When the ABV was lowered to 2.3 percent and salt was added, beer was shown to hydrate a sample of athletes better than traditional ale. The naturally occurring nutrients found in beer’s barley, hops and yeast are also an added plus not found in your average Gatorade.

“We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout,” says Vampt founder Ian Toews.

However, don’t get too excited — Lean Machine is not for sale to the general public yet. When it is ready, it will be sold in slim, 12 ounce cans. Still, we can’t help but be wary of what 0.5 percent beer tastes like.

H/Y NPR + Picthx VAMPT