Coconut water, a product which is a clear liquid from the center of the fresh, green coconut, has a sweet, nutty taste. This water is well-known for centuries for its refreshing and medicinal properties and recommended by older folk when combating dehydration from conditions such as gastroenteritis and fever.
People from the tropical climate in particular have been singing its praises for centuries, because they can attest to the health benefits of the coconut water. Even I can claim such benefits. In recent times, however it seems that it has gotten more publicity as sports celebrities, and athletes have been giving the drink more accolades than it used to get. Dubbing it, “Mother Nature’s sports drink” by marketers, the demand is very high, with all kinds of promises to hydrate the body and help with a whole host of conditions, like cancer and kidney stones.
The Health Benefits
The water of the coconut is scientifically researched to:
- High potassium level – provide more potassium than 4 ripe bananas
- Lowers blood pressure
- Energising as it increase your intake of important vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients
- Coconut water is an excellent way to quench your thirst
- boost hydration
- low in calories
- naturally free of fat and cholesterol.
- It contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes
- less sodium
Side Effects? – Go Easy on Coconut Juice
It is better to drink the natural, fresh coconuts that has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices but as with everything, do it in moderation. Everything that is good can become bad if we overdo it. It is so easy to drink too many coconuts which can in fact harm you by elevating your potassium level to a deathly high. An 11-ounce container has 60 calories, and if you drink several in one day, the calories can add up quickly, which is not healthy.