I drink it regularly, particularly when I am in a place where there are fresh coconuts. Drink the juice and eat the young coconut!
Fitness Minutes: (1,207)
1,172 7/22/14 12:23 A
I tried it and it was okay. As for potassium, I'd rather have a banana in my smoothie. The coconut liquid is what the Hawaiian women use to keep their skin wrinkle free but that only works from fresh coconuts. I think anything that is local from your area that's fresh is good but once marketed, pasteurized stabilized etc removes some or all of the benefits.
I take a good vitamin / mineral supplement daily so am not worried about electrolyte balance. I also use a potassium salt substitute as I like the flavor of slightly salted food but sodium isn't good so since there is already too much in the food I don't personally prepare, I think I get a good balance. I also use a magnesium produce to assist me with insomnia - the sleep disturbance type - and that can also offset calcium supplementation due to my inability to handle dairy products.
All in all you have to know what your body needs, and some of that is thru education and some is by trial and error since we each have a different genetic marker that makes us unique.
Fitness Minutes: (8,109)
827 7/21/14 11:15 P
Sorry but I didnt like it when I tried it.
7/20/14 8:34 A
I drink coconut water regularly. Living in south Florida I find that I need that extra boast and electrolytes. For work I'm on the water everyday in the hot sun, then a waitress at night. Extreme benefits from what I have seen and it's way better for you than any form of gatoraide. I also now use coconut oil to cook with as well since it does not leave any flavor story my food.
7/17/14 10:29 A
I live in South Florida and would LOVE to drink fresh coconuts regularly. Unfortunately like all plants, there is a 'season'. The first few times i tried them, i found a very unpleasant taste. Then I was told that if they are cold, for whatever reason, they are SO much better. When folks bring them to me at work, I place in a cooler and cover with ice until it is chilled. I have a gadget that pokes a hole in the coconut and waalaa, I have my favorite drink.
I recently had to write an article on coconut water ---specifically as it relates to rehydrating the athlete. This is what I discovered, based on current research.
Coconut water is often marketed as a more natural alternative to typical sports drinks. However, the nutrient content is highly variable. Coconut water contains far less sodium and carbohydrate and significantly greater amounts of potassium than well-researched sports drinks. For the endurance athlete a sports drink is your better choice currently. While coconut water is safe to consume for the healthy adult, further studies are needed to determine if coconut water is a benefit to the endurance athlete. Recent reports are saying that coconut water is "no better" than plain old water when it comes to hydration.
As with other "new foods" the internet can be filled with misinformation. A substitute for blood plasma is a perfect example.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
Fitness Minutes: (22,834)
7/16/14 4:56 P
I haven't had any for a while, but it's great stuff.
It's nature's in the sports drink - a nearly perfect way to rehydrate.
In fact, it's so perfectly matched to our bodies that it can be used as a substitute for blood plasma during an operation.
I haven't tried the coconut water, but I use unsweetened coconut milk almost daily in smoothies. My son who is a chef and baker gave me a great idea. Since it would probably go rancid in my fridge if I didn't use it up quickly, he suggested that I freeze the leftover in ice cube trays. Now all I have to do is pop in a couple when everything else goes into the blender.
7/16/14 12:13 P
My daughter drinks it once a week after a long day of practice. No health benefits that we can see. She just likes it and after she is with her practice we head to a market that sells it while I grocery shop. You have to look at the label -some have as much sugar as a soda.
Not regularly, but I do keep some on hand in case I have a particularly hard work out. Its a great, natural way to get back some of the electrolites back afterwards without a lot of calories and additives.
Fitness Minutes: (135,825)
7/16/14 8:16 A
I don't drink it regularly but I do drink it when I'm racing my bike in the heat. It is a good sports drink because of its high mineral content.
Fitness Minutes: (5,920)
3,780 7/15/14 9:57 P
Does anyone here drink this regularly? Have you noticed any health benefits from it personally? ETA: I also read that it can have a laxative effect. Has anyone experienced this (if you don't mind sharing)?
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