Has Coconut Water Been Over-Hyped?

November 7, 2019

Coconut water has been hailed as a healthy alternative to sugary fruit drinks and carbonated beverages. However those claims may have been exaggerated. Medical doctors and experts warn to not follow the hype without getting the true information on this trendy drink. Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside young green coconuts. Nutritionally coconut water does contain some nutrients, including the B vitamins Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, as well as trace amounts of thiamin (B1), Vitamin C, potassium, and sodium. It also contains some simple carbohydrates (sugars) and amino acids, which are generally lower than other fruit drinks, it can add up if you are drinking several bottles a day and many coconut waters are sweetened, so a bottle could have as much as 15 grams of sugar or more! While coconut water does contain some natural electrolytes—including potassium, sodium and manganese—there is no compelling evidence it is better for rehydration than normal water. In short, you are better off drinking plain water rather than paying a high price for a trendy beverage.


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