The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Water – What You Need to Know

Benefits of Coconut Water

Benefits of Coconut Water

So what is coconut water exactly? Is it really the “miracle drink” as defined by some? Well think of it as Gatorade without the high levels of sugar and sodium which Coconut water naturally avoids. But with a price tag of $2-3 for a typical 11 fl. ounce tetra pack (equivalent to about 10 sips), is it really worth paying top dollar for? Well only you can make that decision. To help lets take a look at both the good and the bad.

The Good…

 

Super Hydrating

Coconut water is considered to be super hydrating because of its rich electrolytes  including:

  • Potassium (As much as a banana, helps to prevent cramping, aids in faster recovery after exercise)
  • Chloride (Helps in cleansing the body of waste)
  • Magnesium (improves muscle functioning, and prevents osteoporosis, insomnia, constipation, heart attacks, hypertension, constipation, migraines, kidney stones, and gallstones)
    Calcium (Good for your bones along with keeping you slim and trim)
  • Phosphate (Strong bones & teeth, colorectal cancer prevention, supports nerve conduction, supports cellular signaling).

It is Low in Calories and Also Fat Free 

Comprised mainly of water, coconut water is naturally fat-free and low in calories. It can also help you feel full, thus eliminating the problem of overeating.

It is All Natural

Coconut water has even been used as an intravenous fluid and saved lives.  I can’t imagine that to be true of sports drinks or soft drinks.  It’s the only natural substance that can be safely injected into the human blood stream

The Bad…

 

According to Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC Davis:

coconut water’s high potassium and low sodium combination isn’t ideal after strenuous exercise. “Even though the belief is that when you exercise you need a lot of potassium, sodium is more important,” she said. “When you sweat, you lose a lot more sodium than potassium.”

And according to Andrea Giancoli, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association:

“Most people aren’t getting enough potassium because they’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

Salty pretzels might be better for you after a hard workout. Most people don’t exercise heavily enough to need a sports recovery drink. Water is just fine for most people”.

 

My Conclusion:

 

If you enjoy the taste and your budget allows it, coconut water can be a nutritious and relatively low-calorie way to add potassium to your diet and keep you well-hydrated.

 

What are your thoughts about coconut water? Do you use it as an alternative to sugary sports drinks and other juices? Is it worth the higher price tag? We want to hear your thoughts…

 

 

 

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