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6 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water

Updated on October 3, 2011
A refrigerated case of coconut water at the Haight Street Whole Foods in San Francisco
A refrigerated case of coconut water at the Haight Street Whole Foods in San Francisco

What's All The Hype About Coconut Water?

Coconut water is all the rage these days. Refreshing coconut water has long been enjoyed by tropical populations, and surfers also quickly recognized the benefits of coconut water. Yoga fans were the next to ride the coconut water wave, and from there the all natural beverage has become so popular that it is now easy to find in even Safeway or Walgreens. Whole Foods stores often have whole refrigerators full of nothing but different brands of coconut water.

So coconut water is popular, but is it actually healthy?

That depends on what kind of coconut water you buy and drink. Read a bottle's ingredients label carefully. Ideally, the coconut water you buy should list coconut water as the only ingredient, or maybe coconut water and coconut meat and pulp. Any drinks that have added sugar or preservatives are definitely not good for you. Some coconut waters now being sold are billed as coconut-pomegranate or coconut-mandarin or coconut-mango. These all likely have added sugar or artificial flavorings and should be avoided since they are not healthy like pure coconut water.

Zico is one of the major brands of coconut water sold in the U.S. It has lots of different flavors in addition to pure coconut water, so be sure to read nutritional information and watch out for added sugars or chemicals.
Zico is one of the major brands of coconut water sold in the U.S. It has lots of different flavors in addition to pure coconut water, so be sure to read nutritional information and watch out for added sugars or chemicals.

6 Healthy Reasons To Try Coconut Water

Coconut water is full of potassium — more potassium than a whole banana in fact. That's one reason why coconut water is so darn good for you. Coconut water actually contains five electrolytes. One is that potassium I just mentioned The others are magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphate. Add that to a low calorie, sugar-free and fat-free drink, and you've got a tasty Gatorade replacement.

  • Here are 6 reasons why you should add coconut water to your diet.
  • Hydration. Because of all of those electrolytes, coconut water is extremely hydrating. And because coconut water has no added sugar, it id much better for you then most sports drinks out there. Of course, plain old water is also hydrating, but coconut water has a subtle coconut flavor that offers a break from same-old tap water.
  • Hangover. This gets back to coconut water being so very hydrating. One of the reasons hangovers hurt as much as they do is because dehydration is so uncomfortable. Fight that hangover fast with coconut water.
  • Weight Loss. Sugary drinks have ruined many a diet, as has booze. Yet water on its own can get boring. Coconut water is a low-calorie, natural drink sans fat or added sugar. It is slightly sweet, which could also help with any cravings.
  • Constipation. I know I sound like a broken record, but the reason coconut water can help ease constipation is because it is so hydrating. If you are dehydrated, you will have less water in your stool, making it harder to go to the bathroom. 
  • Eat More Fruit. While there's nothing like a fresh apple a day to keep the doctor away, consider coconut water as a viable substitute for eating fresh fruit. Many people find it hard to meet the government's recommended daily allowance for fruits and veggies, and coconut water is an easy way to slip one more serving of fruit into your diet. It contains many healthy vitamins and minerals found in fruit you chew, even though it is a drink.
  • Taste. Coconut water is delicious. It has a light, clean, slightly sweet coconut flavor that will delight anyone who loves the taste of coconut.

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      livingabroad 

      5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Great hub. I'm lucky enough to live in the tropics and most days I get to drink fresh juice from the coconut. As a local and regular in a restaurant the very kind Thai ladies, who I have befriended usually give one to me for free! You're right they are delicious. I was wondering about the nutritional values as a regular consumer and ended up here. Up, interesting and SHARING the benefits of coc0nut juice with my humble followers!

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, Simone. I recently turned my mom onto coconut water and she really likes it. And Princessa, sounds like a pretty nice way to grow up! I love that coconut water is so easy to find these days.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      7 years ago from France

      I love coconut water, we used to have lots of it when I was a child. We always had it straight from the coconut, there used to be coconut water sellers all along the road so just stopped the car and the boy would slice open a coconut, stick a straw in it and that was it: instant refreshment... ummmm... it was delicious!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hmm... I've never tasted coconut water before! I suppose I'll have to give it a try! And I wish you the speediest recovery!

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for reading, North Wind. I am at the tail end of a flu myself right now, and hadn't even considered the medicinal benefits of coconut water! I think I'll go grab one from the fridge. Great idea.

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      North Wind 

      7 years ago from The World (for now)

      There is nothing quite like it. Whenever anyone is down with the flu, this is the drink I suggest. You immediately feel refreshed and energized and it does help you to feel better. I love it and drink it whenever I can. Nothing beats ice-cold coconut water.

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