Coconut water continues to rapidly gain popularity in the United States. This tropical drink has been a popular choice to hydrate the human body in many tropical countries but recent television reports, displaying its health benefits, are making coconut water popular in North America as well.
Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in South America, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned or bottled. Coconut water is made from the clear liquid inside young “green” coconuts. As the fruit matures, the coconut water gradually is replaced by the coconut meat and air.
Coconut water consumption may be a healthy replacement for sodas or energy drinks. and is naturally fat-free and low in food energy with only 16.7 calories per 100 grams. In Brazil, coconut water is marketed as a sports drink because of its high potassium and mineral content. In fact, one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana.
Studies have shown that drinking coconut water may promote several health benefits. Regular consumption may keep the body cool and at proper temperature, carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, replenish the body’s fluids after exercise, raise the metabolism, and promote weight loss.
A delicious and refreshing beverage, coconut water is also available in blends with fruit flavors such as peach, tangerine and tropical fruits such as mango or passion fruit.