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  • Writer's pictureBryan

The Banana vs. the Coconut Water

I am a long time proponent of Banana’s. I love them. They arrive in a nice container, and are wonderful before a quick run. They make you feel guilty for not eating them after a few days by turning brown.

Wandering around my local grocery store I find the latest craze is Coconut Water. Touting the fact that it has twice as much potassium as a banana. I love coconut’s! So I bought a few to try them out.

The banana wins hands down, it’s outer peel is purely compostable and biodegradable, and it is coming in at 59 cents to 99 cents per pound, depending on your variety. The only downside I see is their shelf life, living only about a week once at home, then you need to slice them up and hide them in the freezer for smoothies.

The coconut water does have a nice cardboard container, which once folded doesn’t take up much space, but it is still coated in a fine plastic or something, and is going to take quite a while to degrade. Pro for the coconut water is that it will last and survive in the pantry or fridge for quite a lot longer than the banana. Cost wise however I can purchase 5 banana’s for the same price as one mini bottle of coconut water.

My potassium strategy is going to be around both, use the banana’s in most situations, and then in a pinch grab a coconut water when needed. Maybe use both after a really long run.


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