Coconut–it’s everywhere. From coconut milk, to coconut oil, to coconut palm sugar, and not to mention coconut water, you can’t seem to get away from it. Although I don’t mind, I have always had a love for coconut. But mainly the shredded kind.
Recently with the popularity of the Paleo diet, coconut has become a star player in the world of healthy eating. I know many people have started using coconut oil for cooking and baking, and I have been known to buy coconut milk creamer from time to time as a dairy-free alternative.
But I didn’t know much about these coconut products. And to be honest all the buzz about these products really sounds too good to be true. So I started doing a little research and thought I would share it with you here in this “Coconut…So Hot Right Now” series.
Not going to lie, coconut water kinda grosses me out. With friends describing it as “it tasting like the smell of sweaty armpits,” I have done my best to stay away. Occasionally I will allow it to be added to my smoothies as I have heard good things about it nutritionally, but honestly I would rather stick to regular water. Nevertheless, I wanted to include some information I found out about this liquidly product.
Coconut water marketers have made some lofty health claims, and this beverage has made quite the splash in the sports world. But is it all hype? Here are some articles I have gathered that look into that particular question.
WebMD does a good job at looking into some of the science claims vs. health claims of this beverage.
This post talks about the high potassium levels found in coconut water, but it also points out that “People do not need to drink coconut water in order to be healthy.”
This article also points out that some of health claims that many distributors of coconut water simply are not true or cannot be proven, such as curing cancer or diabetes. But it also points out that coconut water is not bad for you.
Again, I just wanted to include a simple and comprehensive overview of coconut water’s nutritional values from Livestrong.
Coconut water is fat and cholesterol free, has a ton of potassium and is low in calories. That is not too shabby. But there are a lot of other foods in our diets (or at least should be in our diets) that are these things as well.
This “nutty” water is definitely not bad for you. People in countries where coconuts grow have been drinking it for years and years (side note: this is always a good sign). But I wouldn’t rely on it for its health claims like curing diabetes or cancer. It does pack on a good handful of electrolytes and can give you a boost of potassium, and both of those can be pretty good things.
I think I might give coconut water another shot, but it’s definitely not going to be the end of me if I still rather just drink water.
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