Is coconut water good for you?
Coconut water has exploded on the health scene in the last couple of years, and the health benefits of coconut have been touted as nothing short of incredible. Often advertized as a healthier but just as effective alternative to sports drinks, it has become a popular item for sale in health food stores, gyms and yoga studios.
But is it all marketing hype? Or is coconut water healthy? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. There are without a doubt genuine benefits of drinking coconut water but at the same times it’s far from the wonder drink that’s being aggressively marketed by many nutritional companies.
To help you make the best decision when it comes to evaluating the healthiness of coconut water, here are the key benefits of coconut water and its cons:
• Low Calories – Pure coconut water (that hasn’t had additives or sugar added) is relatively low in calories. A serving of pure coconut water contains around 46 calories, making it a much lower in calories beverage than the average sports drink.
• Contains Protein – Advantages of coconut water also extend to protein. A serving of coconut water contains almost 2 grams of protein, which is particularly good for fitness fans as protein helps build muscle and help the body recover after strenuous workouts.
• Contains Iron – A coconut water serving contains 4% iron which can boost energy levels and even help cure a pesky hangover.
• Contains Fiber – Coconut water nutrition also contains a generous amount of dietary fiber, 11% of the recommended intake, making it a good choice for anyone that needs to add some extra fiber to their diet.
• Contains Magnesium – 15% of recommended daily intake of magnesium is in a single serving of coconut water. Another benefit for frequent exercisers, magnesium is important for replenishing electrolytes.
• The Verdict is Still Out – Only small studies have been conducted so far analyzing the effectiveness of drinking coconut water to see if it can work as effectively as common sport drinks. Larger studies need to be completed in order to establish a solid verdict.
• It Has an Unusual Taste – Pure coconut water doesn’t have the creamy taste of coconut milk – in fact far from it. The unique taste of coconut water can take a bit of getting used to and this may turn some sports fans completely off.
• It’s Expensive – Many of the popular coconut water brands are relatively expensive, and much pricier than the average sports drink.
• Water May Still be Better – Ironically, water may be a healthier alternative to both the sports drink and coconut water. Free or calories and incredibly refreshing and replenishing, water can be a better and free alternative to these pricey drinks. Unless you’re an extreme exerciser, you’ll probably be fine just with plain old water.
The benefits of coconut water are fairly impressive, but aren’t that different to the benefits gained from traditional sports drinks, which typically come at a lower price. While the coconut water craze continues to grow, there will need to be further scientific studies to analyze just how healthy coconut water is and whether it’s a healthier and more productive alternative to sports drinks.
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