Coconut water is getting some serious attention lately. Fortunately, it deserves praise.
Long touted for its health benefits in its home in tropical countries where it’s available all over the place (literally growing on trees). And more recently, the natural beverage is enjoying a worldwide burst of popularity.
The drink itself, obtained by drilling holes into the thick shells of the coconut fruit when it’s young and green, is a clear salty-sweet liquid. And with its huge rise in popularity, it can now be found in just about every health store you walk into, and you can even find it in your run-of-the-mill convenience and grocery stores.
Coconut water is packed with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that the body needs to function properly. It has even more nutrients than most fruit juices.
Some of these include:
- B complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folate
- Vitamin C
Sports drinks are helpful because of their calories, potassium, and electrolytes. Coconut water contains these as well, but in different amounts.
A glass of coconut water has 294 mg of potassium, nearly double that found in your average sports drink. American diets typically don’t contain the recommended daily value of potassium because they don’t include enough fruits and vegetables, so coconut water can be a big help.
It also has just 5 mg of sugar, making it easy to fit into your diet.
Drink coconut water to replace those important, mineral rich fluids you’d otherwise lose during exercise. And even if you aren’t an athlete, it’s a more effective way of replenishing your nutrients after working up a sweat.
I’ll admit it, sometimes I find myself searching the web for the best possible hangover cure. For a friend, of course.
Hangovers are the body’s seemingly inescapable punishment for a night of too much fun.
Plain water can be boring, and coconut water is an excellent way of rehydrating and replenishing nutrients.
Who would have known that the humble coconut, usually reserved in the past to falling out of trees and bonking cartoon characters on their heads, could contain so many health benefits within it?.