coconut water

There are some pretty big claims made about coconut water, but do they stack up? Well, here’s what we do know. Coconut water has been a favourite drink in some parts of the world for thousands of years, but recent celebrity endorsements and marketing campaigns have seen it elevated to the status of “superfood”.

Not to be confused with coconut milk, which comes from the grated flesh of a coconut and is high in fat, coconut water is the clear liquid contained inside young coconuts. Let’s break down the facts further for you…

What is coconut water?

Unlike coconut oil or milk produced by this fruit of the coconut palm, coconut water – like Raw C Pure Natural Coconut Water – is the clear liquid found inside young coconuts that is naturally cholesterol free in addition to being low in calories and high in potassium. Even if you ignore the many marketing claims that coconut water is a wonder elixir, it seems sensible to check out the real nutritional benefits of this beverage, given it’s long history as a popular choice in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, India and Pacific Rim countries.

Nature’s sports drink

Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink that provides electrolytes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium.

Good for digestive health

Coconut water can be good for digestive and urinary health. And as an added bonus, it's a natural diuretic.

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