Everywhere I go, I see coconut water. It’s like it’s suddenly better than plain water, but here’s the thing…nobody can really prove it.
Sure, they say it’s super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free and packed full of potassium and electrolytes. It’s been also promoted as a great way to cure a hangover and prevent cancer, but is it really better than normal water for the average person?
These things might be true, but so far there is no research to back it up. No major studies link coconut water to cancer prevention – and the selenium and antioxidants in the water can also be found in many fruits and vegetables, which doesn’t make coconut milk any different from what we’ve been eating for years.
However, it is fabulous at rehydrating after exercising and tasty (I like the pineapple flavored ones). Studies have shown that it rehydrates as good as sports drinks, but the research also warn that most people don’t exercise hard enough to drastically need to replenish their electrolytes.
But whatever, if you like the taste of it better than Gatorade, then go for it.
But, I did learn there is one big drawback – it’s high in sodium. One cup of coconut water has more sodium than a small bag of potato chips. Most of us already eat too much sodium, so if you are eating or drinking it regularly, make sure to watch how much sodium you are getting throughout the day.
Also sodium bloats you up, so if you have want a flat tummy, cut out the coconut water and stay with nature’s other hydrator: plain old water.