Low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating – and is one of the nicest drinks I have ever tasted. What is this super drink…coconut water!!
It's a low-fat drink, it’s a healthy alternative to sugar packed soft drinks and is natural with no artificial additives or sweeteners. It's cholesterol free, 99 per cent fat free, low in carbohydrates and naturally occurring sugars and has less than 100 kilojoules per 100ml (most flavoured varieties use 100 per cent fruit extracts).
It also boasts zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid and B-group vitamins.
Not to be confused with coconut milk, the fattier, pulped coconut meat, pure coconut water has been available fresh from health food outlets and in pre-packaged form in Asian supermarkets for years, and the demand is growing, propelled by the promise to hydrate the body and help with a whole host of conditions, from hangovers to cancer and kidney stones.
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The ingredients in coconut water are way more effective at hydrating the human body than those of sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, we lose mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent way to replace these fluids with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. Also, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks. This is why I love to have a coconut water after a good workout.
Not only that, it also tastes amazing!!!