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What’s the Skinny on Coconut Water?

Defining fact from fiction. We’ll give you the inside scoop about what this latest health craze is really all about.


No matter who you talk to — whether it’s your best friend, your mother, or your co-worker, these days everyone’s on a health kick. With summer just around the corner, people are trying just about anything to shed some extra pounds. But with new diet fads popping up every other day, how can we tell fact from fiction?

One craze that’s made its journey from the beaches to your refrigerators is none other than coconut water. But what’s all the hype about? Is it really all that’s it chocked up to be? Luckily for you we’ve got the skinny on nature’s yummiest (non-alcoholic) cocktail.

Like the saying goes “fruit is nature’s candy,” and when it comes to this tropical fruit, we have to agree. So what exactly is coconut water? Not to be confused with coconut milk, which is high in fat, coconut water is a clear liquid found in the fruit’s center. This deliciously refreshing drink is naturally low in calories, fat and cholesterol free and surprisingly has more potassium than four bananas. This tropical fountain of youth also contains cytokinins, which have significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects. Sounds pretty good huh?

It gets better. According to some health experts, coconut water is the best way to stay hydrated and a healthier alternative to sugary sports drinks, which claim to replace fluids and are high in calories. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes, minerals, and simple sugars that replenish your body in a healthy rejuvenating way.

But before you start chugging 10 bottles of coconut water on the hour every hour, listen up! Just like any health guru with tell you, everything in moderation, my friends. One 11-ounce container has 60 calories, so be mindful of how much you consume over the course of the day. Also, don’t get tricked by beverages claiming to be 100 percent natural. Do your homework and read the labels. Make sure no additional sugars or juices are added to the mix.

So what do you think? Is coconut water all it’s hyped up to be? Ditch the sugary processed drink and see for yourself, your body will thank you!

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