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Health Benefits of Coconut Water

coconut waterIt’s that time of year, particularly for those in the colder northern climates, when people dream about relaxing on the beach on some remote tropical island with a fruity cocktail in hand. One of the more popular images is of drinking from an open coconut on the patio of a beachfront hotel.

If you have ever opened a fresh coconut, what you saw was a thin, opaque liquid that has a slight almond flavor. Coconut water, not to be confused with coconut milk, is the clear liquid inside young (green) coconuts.

As the coconut matures, the coconut water is gradually replaced by the coconut meat. Coconut water is consumed fresh, because once it’s exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its nutritional value, and begins to ferment.

Coconut water is marketed by some companies as a sports drink substitute. It contains water, sugar for energy, and electrolytes to replace what’s lost from sweating. In the drink below, as compared with Gatorade, the potassium levels are far greater and sodium levels are significantly lower.

Gatorade: 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams sugar, 3.75 mg potassium, 13.75 mg sodium

Zico: 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 mg potassium, 5.45 mg sodium

However, Amy Jamieson-Petonic, director of wellness coaching at the Cleveland Clinic, says that some health benefits are unsubstantiated, including diabetes control, fighting viruses, boosting metabolism, treating kidney stones, smoothing skin, stopping dandruff, and even preventing cancer.

Coconut water does have some other positive benefits going for it:

  • It has no cholesterol and is low in calories.
  • It is identical to human blood plasma, and can be used in an IV to save lives.
  • It is naturally sterile.
  • It contains monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial. Monolaurin is sold as a supplement, when extracted from coconuts, for cold and flu.


December 23rd, 2009

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Hey forget Vita Coco. Just go to an asian store and buy the young coconuts in the box. 10 or 11 coconuts for about 13 dollars. one coconut provides about 2 glasses of water. place coconuts in fridge to keep cold before taking out water. it is the best health drink and keeps energy levels up. just spend a few dollars on a case. i buy mine at seafood city in miramar california....mmmmm sarap.

posted Aug 7th, 2013 2:33 am


Nothing helps me get thru a bad hangover like Vita Coco. I'm hooked!

posted Sep 27th, 2010 12:05 pm


Coconut water makes me feel so refreshed and I think it made my skin clear up, too! My favorite kind is Vita Coco, I think it tastes the freshest. Can't live without the stuff!

posted Sep 22nd, 2010 11:33 am


Vita Coco really helped to boost my metabolism! I recommend it to all my friends!

posted Jun 2nd, 2010 5:26 pm


Coconut water is by far my non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Vita Coco is definitely my favorite, I highly recommend the pineapple flavor.

posted Apr 30th, 2010 4:25 pm

Sophie T

l love drinking coconut water. My favorite is Vita Coco. It's not only refreshing but it tastes delicious!

posted Apr 21st, 2010 10:36 am


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