The Health Benefits of Coconut: Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Flour & More
Health Benefits of Coconut Water and How to Make Drinks with Coconut Water
Coconut water has gotten a lot of buzz for its purported health benefit as a “natural” sports drink. It is a great hydrator for light workouts, as 1 cup serves up more than 10 percent of your daily dose of potassium—an electrolyte you lose through sweat.
(Just be mindful that 8 ounces of coconut water delivers 45 calories.) But it won’t do the job if you’re sweating up a storm. Why? When we sweat we lose up to 10 times more sodium than potassium. And coconut water only contains about 30 mg of sodium per cup, whereas sports drinks usually deliver about 110 mg. In your market, look for coconut water without added sugar in the refrigerated section near other flavored waters or near shelf-stable waters and natural fruit juices. You can use coconut water in smoothies, as we do in our healthy recipe for Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie.
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