Coconut Water: Health Food or Health Fad?

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Good news, coconut water lovers! Unlike the questionable coconut oil, I give coconut water 2 thumbs straight up!

As I was trying to stay awake on the red eye to Columbus last night, I found myself purusing the pages of my ADA Times. Highlighted as a consumer trend, coconut water was discussed. And appropriately so. I would go so far as to argue that coconut water is one of the biggest trends in nutrition today.

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Coconut water, unlike coconut milk, is found inside young, green coconuts. The water is thin and filmy with a distinct flavor and mild sweetness. Comercially-sold coconut waters are pasteurized to prevent from food borne illness. However, DO NOT keep coconut water for more than a day in the refrigerator once opened.

Coconut water contains plentiful amounts of electrolytes and minerals making it a most desirable form of all-natural hydration and nutrient replenishment for athletes and exercisers. One cup of coconut water contains 46 calories, less than 0.5 grams of fat, and is a good source of fiber (3 grams), magnesium (60 milligrams), potassium (600 milligrams), and vitamin C. A single cup also provides 252 milligrams of sodium and 9 grams of carbohydrate. A preferred list of stats compared to a cup of Gatorade offering 50 calories, 110 milligrams of sodium, a mere 30 milligrams of potassium, 14 grams of carbohydrate, and no fiber.

Added bonus: taste! Mmmm!

Off to have diner and drinks with fellow dietitian and blogger, GINA! I’m excited!

I hope to catch up with everyone soon, but we are busy busy busy while in Columbus! Lots going on, but more details on major life changes soon!

Question: Have you ever tried coconut water? Did you know its health benefits before now?

Nearly Friday,

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17 Comments

  1. June 10, 2010 / 5:01 pm

    I drank a lot of coconut water when I was training for my half marathon. I actually prefer the taste of gatorade to coconut water, but know the coconut water is better and more natural for me. I had no idea that it wasn’t safe to leave it open in your fridge though. Once again, thanks for your informative article!

  2. June 10, 2010 / 9:34 pm

    I did know coconut water was good for you, but Im not a big fan. I can drink it without making a face, but I dont like it on its own. When added to a smoothie its great though.

  3. June 10, 2010 / 10:53 pm

    i love coconut water and i knew it was healthy as well…but nice info abt it nicole…

  4. June 11, 2010 / 5:40 am

    I think coconut water is disgusting. It tastes very ‘wet’ to me. Blech! It’s like veggies – I could care less about any health benefits!

  5. June 11, 2010 / 6:35 am

    I love coconut water! It’s so refreshing. Jealous you and Gina are having drinks. Sounds like fun!

  6. June 11, 2010 / 6:56 am

    HECK YEAH for coconut water! I’m a big fan. I don’t like the plain one though and this is the one time where I prefer flavored (and extra sugar). The plain one stinks and it ruins the taste for me.

    It was SO GREAT to meet you and Mark last night!! We had a fabulous time. We’ll do it again soon 😉

  7. June 11, 2010 / 7:47 am

    I wish so much that I loved coconut! I always feel like I’m missin’ out. 😉

    I hope you have a great time in C-bus!

  8. June 11, 2010 / 7:52 am

    Coconut water is the BEST thirst quencher. I discovered it a few years ago when I was in Chinatown on a summer day and parched beyond belief. A guy at a produce stand was selling young coconuts and I bought one, chugged it, and fell in LOVE. <3

  9. June 11, 2010 / 8:13 am

    Coconut water has been on my list of things to try for quite awhile now!

  10. June 11, 2010 / 8:22 am

    Did I ever mention I love your blog? Love this post. I’m so skeptical of food health trends so I love it when you discuss them.

  11. June 11, 2010 / 8:34 am

    Thanks for the information. It is important to know there are differences.

  12. June 11, 2010 / 8:42 am

    I actually just recently bought some, but I found it way too sweet. But I’m honestly not the biggest coconut fan. I’m glad you mentioned that once opened it needs to be used within a day – I need to make sure to tell my husband not to drink it!

  13. June 11, 2010 / 9:00 am

    I’ve never tried coconut water, but it sounds great! Thanks for the info, I’ll have to try some one day! 🙂

  14. June 11, 2010 / 9:19 am

    The only way I have tried coconut water is straight from the coconut. I remember being young and having one straight from the back of my Grandparents beach house.

    They would just take a machete to it and stick a straw in it. I have yet to try the packaged stuff, as I don’t think it will be the same but now that I’m running more i just might.

  15. June 11, 2010 / 11:30 am

    I have tried coconut water and am not a fan in the least. I nearly gagged on it. I did however put into a green monster so it did not go to waste and I could not taste it at all. Too bad I do not like the stuff since it has some good benefits to it.

  16. June 14, 2010 / 12:30 pm

    I totally love coconuts 😀

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