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I couldn’t find coconut water for a long time.  I looked everywhere.  Then at Sprouts last week, there it was.  In three different places I found three different types of coconut water.  Of course, I chose the most inexpensive one.  So in my naivety this may not be the “best” coconut water you can drink or whatever.  But, I have not even tried coconut water before, so I will start with the cheap stuff!  This was $.99each for 17.5 fl oz.

This list says that fresh coconut water is a high alkaline food.   Key word is “fresh.”  This is canned.  So, do with it what you will.

What is coconut water? from WebMD.com
Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts.

It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

In this poster’s opinion, coconut water is simply a sports drink replacement.  Few calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports dink.

While several sites suggest there is little scientific proof of any further health benefits to coconut water.  I did find this site that listed many additional benefits to this drink.  However, I am more apt to believe the health benefits come from the fruit itself.  Like sticking the straw in the coconut kind of thing.  Which the site admits:

In the stores canned coconut water is available, however, they have some added preservative and not up to the mark in vitamins and enzyme levels.

Preparation and serving tips: from nutrition-and-you.com
Tender coconuts chiseled at bottom end using long sickle and the tip of the shell is cut open. The water is then sipped using straw. Otherwise, the whole nut is tilted upside down to transfer its water in to wide mouthed bottle or bowl.

  • Drink coconut water without any additions.
  • Iced coconut water can be a refreshing drink.
  • Fresh water can be made into a special drink adding lemon slices, mint leaves, orange zest etc.
  • Gel like meat (kernel) in the young tender coconuts is very sweet and delicious.

In conclusion, if you enjoy a sports drink or five throughout your week why not try some coconut water instead?  Less sugar and junk with a more refreshing, healthy taste!