Benefits of Coconuts

The following is some important information about what is becoming a valuable (and popular) commodity in the world of nutritious food.  Perhaps you can guess… what is cholesterol-free; low in calories; fat-free (on its own in nature, without human intervention); more potassium per volume than a banana; super hydrating, essential to the body; loaded with electrolytes; and great for the skin? Well, with that information it’s an easy choice to choose some simply delicious coconut water. Rumors abound about other health benefits, from cancer, hangovers and kidney stones.

And it is water, as opposed to coconut milk, or oil. Specifically, it is a clear liquid made from the centre of a young, green coconut.

It has less sodium, fewer calories, and more potassium than a sports drink.  When unflavored, and considering slight variances due to Mother Nature, on a per ounce basis, coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, 1.3 grams (g) of sugar, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to a very popular sports drink, which has 6.25 calories, 3.75 mg of potassium, 1.75 g of sugar, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

With less sugar than a lot of sports drinks and a great deal less than sodas and many fruit juices, plain coconut water could be a better choice for adults and kids looking for a beverage that is less sweet. Lillian Cheung, DSc, RD, of Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of Savor Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, has said that for any beverage these days we have to watch labels so as to avoid added juices or sugar and reminds us that plain coconut water is a good choice.