The truths and myths behind all the coconut water buzz
Lately it seems that everyone is nuts for coconuts—coconut water that is. From celebrity endorsements to the “mother nature’s sports drink” nickname, coconut water is falling off the shelves around the nation.
So what’s all the hype about? Coconut water is said to be low in calories, cholesterol free, bursting with potassium and incredibly hydrating. Not to mention it has also been dubbed as a fountain of youth and immune system booster. Are all these promises fact, or could there be some fiction?
Healthier than the average sports drink: Coconut water is the better choice when it comes to sugary sports drinks. It contains less sugar, less sodium, and more potassium when compared ounce to ounce with Gatorade. A study from the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that coconut water was just as effective for rehydration when compared with the average sports drink.
Low calories: With one cup standing at 45 calories, this low-cal drink fulfills promises in this department.
Promotes health: Coconut water promotes kidney health and is low glycemic. It also contains electrolytes and enzymes to benefit your body.
Intense workout hydration: During intense workouts, sodium leaves the body through sweat. If you are in a highly intense workout, the low sodium of coconut water may not replenish as well as other sports drinks. Depending on your body and workout regimen, you may want to choose conventional sports drinks.
Keeps you young: Cytokinins are plant hormones that slow aging in plants and fruit flies. Coconut water does contain cytokinins, but the benefits of this hormone on humans have yet to be proven.
Boosts your immune system: Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is a natural immune booster found in mother’s milk. However, coconut water has almost no lauric acid in it. With only .5 g of fat per 100g, the immune boosting are pretty much a no show in this so-called miracle water.
When it all comes down to it, coconut water is a healthy choice. It keeps up its end of the deal in most areas, with a few exceptions. So if you’re looking for a new drink, try some coconut water. There’s no harm in trying.
Source: One Good Thing by Jillee