I love coconut water! I predicted about 8 years ago in NYC that “This drink is going to be big in a few years!” And I was right. Although the USA has already grown accustomed to cooled coconut water drinks for sale close to the cash register at supermarkets , Europeans have recently discovered this amazing drink. Of course those living in South America, Asia and other places where coconuts grow,already know about the amazing properties of coconut water for centuries!
Recently the public has grown fond of coconut water and many have even begun incorporating it into their daily diet. So I am one of these coconut water connoisseurs myself and personally enjoy drinking it first thing in the morning before I get my day started. Its revitalizing taste and ingredients also come in handy before a run or when I need that extra boost at work. Also, when suffering from hangovers, illnesses or burnouts this drink can give a feeling of well-being.
Contrary to what many believe this flavorsome water does not come from ripened coconuts, and rather, is taken from green, unripen ones. This is because ripened coconuts are higher in saturated fat whereas unripen ones are lower in calories, rich in minerals (including potassium), and low in sodium. These nutritious elements help to give coconut water an edge against competitors. Delicious!
Where to buy coconut water and my favorite coconut water brands of the moment.
Because of the recent growth in popularity coconut water can now be found in most grocery and drug stores. Usually sold in cartons the following coconut water brands are just a few of my personal favorites I like to stock up on regularly, when in USA or in my hometown of Eindhoven in the Netherlands (of course fresh coconut water in a coconut is the best).
- Harmless Harvest raw coconut water
- Coco Libre organic coconut water
- Foco (sold at Oriental restaurants and supermarkets in the Netherlands)
- Vita Coco
- Organic Avenue coconut water
- One Lucky Duck coconut water
The many health benefits of coconut water
Not only is coconut water rich in minerals and low in sodium but it is also low in calories. For instance, one serving (one carton) of Vita Coco contains only 60 calories. This makes coconut water great to incorporate in your diet everyday, or when you are on a special diet to get in shape. Another added benefit many rave about is as mentioned, coconut water seems to help alleviate hangover, as it hydrates and re-energizes those feeling under the weather better than your average sports drink.
A fun fact about coconut water’s history
Even though it’s only recently that coconut water has gained popularity with the general public it has been helping people for years. In World War II injecting coconut water directly into soldiers’ veins helped to save the seriously injured. This is because the electrolyte PH balance found in coconut water matches that of human blood. This little fun fact is just yet another reason why you should take a moment out of your busy day to sip on some delicious coconut water!
Coconut water nutrition facts
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||79 kJ (19 kcal)|
|- Sugars||2.61 g|
|- Dietary fibre||1.1 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.||0 μg (0%)|
|- beta-carotene||0 μg (0%)|
|- lutein and zeaxanthin||0 μg|
|Thiamine (vit. B1)||0.03 mg (3%)|
|Riboflavin (vit. B2)||0.057 mg (5%)|
|Niacin (vit. B3)||0.08 mg (1%)|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||0.043 mg (1%)|
|Vitamin B6||0.032 mg (2%)|
|Folate (vit. B9)||3 μg (1%)|
|Vitamin C||2.4 mg (3%)|
|Vitamin E||0 mg (0%)|
|Vitamin K||0 μg (0%)|
|Calcium||24 mg (2%)|
|Iron||0.29 mg (2%)|
|Magnesium||25 mg (7%)|
|Phosphorus||20 mg (3%)|
|Potassium||250 mg (5%)|
|Zinc||0.1 mg (1%)|