All About Coconut Water
Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 11:15 am
Coconut water has quickly become the new ‘it’ drink. With snapshots of celebrities and athletes sipping the sweet stuff, more and more people have become curious about what it is, and why it’s good for you. Coconut water has been popping up on store shelves everywhere and is touted as a healthy, all-natural alternative to sugary sports drinks and soda.
What is Coconut Water?
Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk. Coconut water is the ‘juice’ found inside young coconuts. Coconut milk is actually made from ground coconut shavings. Aside from having hydrating properties, coconut water features electrolytes to keep you healthy. It’s naturally free from fat and cholesterol, which makes it a great alternative to some sports drinks on the market. The catch with coconut water is that it does contain a few calories, so you want to be on the lookout if you enjoy drinking it throughout the day.
One major benefit of coconut water is the amount of potassium it contains. A single serving can contain more potassium than 4 bananas. Since many Americans don’t get their daily recommended amount of potassium, drinking coconut water is a great tasting and easy way to get your body stocked up on this essential nutrient.
Coconut water is often mixed with other fruit juices to give you a tropical taste experience. You can try it mixed with pineapple, tropical fruits, guava and more depending on the brand you choose. If you choose mixed coconut water, be sure to check the sugar and calorie levels on the nutrition label before buying. You want to be sure it fits into your diet each day.
The bottom line is that coconut water would be a better alternative to sugary sodas, sports drinks, and artificial juices. You can hydrate in a way that tastes great and fills you up with essential nutrients and electrolytes. However, as with most things, it’s best in moderation.
Curious about trying coconut water? Hunt for coupons for a particular brand. Try writing the company and letting them know you want to try their product. They may send you a coupon. If you have friends who already enjoy coconut water, ask to try some of theirs. This way you won’t waste too much on something you may end up not liking. On the other hand, it might just become your new favorite drink!