~ Coconut Water ~
Written By Elizabeth McLean @ Health Wiz
This delicious drink comes from the juice of green immature coconuts. A traditional drink in tropical climates it has recently become popular as an alternative to water or sports drinks in the western world.
So is coconut water really good for you?
Put simply, yes it is. It contains small amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and iron, minerals required for metabolic processes within the body. It also contains up to 95% water and very little fat unlike coconut milk which is made from the flesh of the coconut and is much higher in fat.
Studies comparing coconut water to sports drinks found that it is a useful post-exercise drink to rehydrate the body for your average person. However it was found to be inferior to sports drinks when consumed by elite athletes who are more prone to electrolyte loss (sodium, potassium, chloride ions) when working out for prolonged periods at higher intensity. That said, I’m not a big fan of sports drinks unless you are an athlete – high in sodium they are detrimental for the average Jo!)
Coconut water is also low in sugar making it a viable alternative to soft drinks, juices and sports drinks. It is however lacking in protein so for post-exercise recovery you would do well to combine it with a banana, some nuts or a protein shake! Lastly, it is rather on the expensive side so if cost is an issue, water is a brilliant natural substitute!
What do you think? Are you a fan of coconut water? I think it’s delicious! Try it out and post your comments below Xo