7 Reasons We Love Coconut Water

Among the more popular plant waters is coconut water, a slightly less than clear liquid derived from young, green coconuts. Each fruit provides approximately 4 to 8 ounces of nutty, sweet water that should not be confused with coconut milk, which is significantly higher in fat and calories and is made from the grated meat of mature coconuts. 

Why should you consider cozying up with a cup of coconut water (aka, coconut juice) or using it to make smoothies? Here are 7 reasons we love coconut water…and you can too! If you can manage to find green coconuts and tap into completely fresh coconut water, go for it! Otherwise, look for coconut water that doesn’t have any added sugar, juices, preservatives, or flavorings.  

Read about the amazing health benefits of coconuts

1. Good source of nutrients. An 8-ounce glass of coconut water contains 3 grams fiber, 9 grams carbs, 2 grams protein, and the following Recommended Daily Intake values of manganese (17%), potassium (17%), magnesium (15%), sodium (11%), vitamin C (10%), riboflavin (8%), and calcium (6%). 

2. Superior to sports drinks. Coconut water has less sodium, fewer calories, and more potassium than sports drinks. If you are looking for a beverage to accompany your exercise that’s more exciting than water but less intense than sports drinks, then coconut water may be for you. Just be sure to avoid any brands that have added sugar or juices.

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3. May be good for diabetes. If you have diabetes, coconut water may be a good beverage for you. The results of an animal study showed that diabetic rats fed coconut water had decreased blood sugar levels and reduced oxidative stress, “indicating the therapeutic potential” of coconut water. Coconut water also registers low (3) on the glycemic load scale. 

4. Beneficial for rehydration. Athletes and anyone else who exercises vigorously knows how important it is to stay hydrated, especially when the temperatures are high. Use of coconut water and its inherent electrolytes has been shown to be a safe beverage for rehydration. In a study that compared intake of young coconut water, carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage, and water among healthy male volunteers after exercise, it was found that coconut water “caused less nausea, fullness and no stomach upset and was also easier to consume in a larger amount” when compared with the other two beverages.

Read on for 3 more reasons to love coconut water

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By Deborah Mitchell| October 10, 2016
Categories:  Eat

About the Author

Deborah Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell

Deborah is a freelance health writer who is passionate about animals and the environment. She has authored, co-authored, and written more than 50 books and thousands of articles on a wide range of topics. Currently she lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit her at deborahmitchellbooks.com.

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