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Coconut Water: Nature's Sports Drink

Coconut Water: Nature's Sports Drink

If you find the unnatural color of many sports drinks unappealing, you might be interested in trying coconut water. They don't call it "nature's sports drink" for nothing. A cup of coconut water contains about 600 milligrams of potassium (that's more than a banana), as well as some calcium, magnesium, sodium, and sugar.

The liquid found inside young green coconuts is thin, almost clear, and can have a slight almond flavor. Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk. Coconut water contains no saturated fat and has only 45 calories per cup to coconut milk's 552.

The coolest thing about coconut water is that it has the same electrolyte balance as blood. Dubbed the "fluid of life," it was used as a substitute for intravenous plasma during World War II.

You can cut the top off a young coconut with a meat cleaver and drink the juice. Or you can find bottled coconut water, but it just might be mixed with sweetener. Drink up!

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missixty02 missixty02 9 years
I saw this fit woman at Whole Foods buying O.N.E coconut water and thought to myself that I should try whatever she is having. WOW! It is amazing! The only downside is that it is $$$
efv efv 9 years
coconut water is the best! you can buy it at Whole Foods anywhere. in the city i have found it at rainbow market. get the coco water in the box, not the can. truly the best hangover cure ever.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Wow, sounds yummy. I hate sports drinks, but I would definitely give coconut water a try. I always thought it had a lot of calories, but obviously I was thinking of coconut milk (552 calories per cup?? YIKES!)
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
That sounds yummy!
bibelot bibelot 9 years
Allytta, coconut milk is what you get when you shred the white coconut meat and squeeze out the juice. Coconut water is a clear liquid that you get from green, unripened coconuts. You can also find canned coconut water in some areas - it's packaged just like a soda, with a pop-top. Asian food markets or West Indian food stores will have it around. My family's from the Caribbean, and our favorite way to drink coconut water is over ice, with a little bit of rum - Mount Gay is best, but Bacardi's good too. Give it a try sometime!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
water? it's called milk.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
wow, this is fantastic! i'm definitely going to give this a try
nancita nancita 9 years
SO cool! Never heard these things about coconut water. I am interested to try it.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
This is one of the best reasons to go on vacation. I'll be sipping these down this summer.
VanillaSilje VanillaSilje 9 years
Coconuuuuut! (I keep hearing Harry Belafonte here... *giggles*)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
OoOooooOOoo this sounds fab!!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Jackie Chan drinks this everyday!
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
wow, i had no idea it was THAT healthy...its tastes really good too.
ameliajc ameliajc 9 years
i've never tried it, but coconut water is also supposed to be excellent help for a hangover.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mmmmmm I had some of this on my vacay a couple of years ago :)
kia kia 9 years
It is one of the things I have loved about living in Miami and spending so much time in the tropics. I walk around any neighborhood, find one of these and open it with a machete. So yum when the coconut has been in the freezer or on ice for a bit.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
We have this in the fridge all the time. It's perfect on hot summer days. Sometimes I put it in the freezer and it becomes an instant, all-natural popsicle. :)
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
PS - that's clearly another reason to live in hawaii
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
oh my goodness. that sounds fantastic! i just wonder where i could get it
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
This stuff is a LIFESAVER if you do bikram yoga!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
ohhh, there is a vegan restaurant near my work that has young coconut on their menu. They cut it for you and will even deliver them... my coworker got one once. I'll have to try it next time!
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