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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Clean Eat Education :: Benefits of Coconut Water

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Wondering about coconut water? Is it all just hype or is there something out there about this often touted, "amazing" recovery drink? We've compiled some research for you and the results, though short, are pretty astounding!

Here are some of the benefits of coconut water:
  • Coconut water is naturally high in potassium, essential for normal cell function and proper recovery. Potassium is a key element in reducing leg cramps. In a similar serving size, coconut water can contain as much as 5x the amount of potassium as Gatorade or Powerade (without those processed sugars and dyes).
  • Coconut water also contains minerals that are essential for refueling your body after a moderate workout. (Just be careful - if you are a marathon runner or engage in extreme sports, your body may require more sodium to refuel than the traditional cup of coconut water provides.)
  • Coconut water contains cytokinins, a plant hormone that stimulates cell growth. Ingestion of cytokinins has been show to have to have anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic (reduces carcinogens), and anti-thrombotic (reduces risk of blod clotting) properties.

What's the nutritional content?
Most coconut waters are around 50 calories per 8oz serving and contain anywhere from 10g to 15g of sugars (albeit, natural sugar). 

There are so many brands out there! What is your favorite?  Here are a few of our favorites!

Tiffany

9 comments:

  1. I just saw coconut water for sale at the grocery store last night and thought, "I wonder how good that is for you, I'll have to look it up." And then bam, here you are.
    Thanks! I'll have to get some and try it now.

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    1. I totally did the same thing while grocery shopping yesterday! And then last night I got a leg cramp, lol. So glad to find this post! Just asked hubby to pick some up on his way home =)

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  2. I wish i had this info when i was pregnant i had really bad leg cramps, ill know for next time thanks!

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  3. I've always wondered if coconut water was actually good for you or if it was a fad thing, so thanks for the post! What brands do you guys recommend as the healthiest?

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  4. great timing! i just picked up some vita coco tonight at target! i got the peach mango flavor...all that is in it is peach juice, mango juice and coconut water.

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  5. I LOVE Zico's Chocolate coconut water (but chocolate probably isn't the healthiest option lol!) I consider it a "treat" though so I think it is okay in moderation.

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  6. Hi! I am new to clean eating and am so excitied I found your blog! This may be a silly question but does the coconut water taste a lot like coconut? (I hate the taste of coconut)

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    1. No, it tastes nothing like coconut. It has a sort of nutty, sweet, flavor. I'm not a fan of the taste, but I guzzle it anyway :)

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  7. Coconut water is only good for you if it is certified organic. Why? Coconuts that are not certified organic are sprayed with chemicals on the skins, like formaldehyde. Yes it does seep into the coconut. And it is not healthy.

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