Is Coconut Water Good For You?

The popularity of the coconut is not without good reason. Within the hairy shell lies a treasure trove of health-promoting nutrients. Coconut water is an excellent source of electrolytes, potassium in particular; delicious coconut milk is rich in anti-inflammatory lauric acid; and coconut oil is beneficial as a moisturizer and fat-loss aid (thanks to its medium-chain triglycerides). Coconut water is marketed as an energy drink or sports beverage and is becoming increasingly popular amongst athletes as a source of hydration and electrolytes. Not all coconut water beverages are equal, however. Many brands sold at the supermarket contain sodium metabisulfite or other forms of sulfites. These food additives can cause severe allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, especially in asthma sufferers. Read the ingredients on containers of coconut water or coconut milk carefully before buying.

By Lisa Tsakos| March 07, 2012
Categories:  Eat

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Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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