"I absolutely love coconut water, but I have been hearing conflicting opinions about whether or not it is good for you. Are you able to help clear this up?" — Sarah
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There's no doubt about it, coconut water is definitely a refreshing alternative to many drink choices out there. And yes there has been a lot of hype recently as to whether or not it is actually good for you. The original coconut water is a liquid that forms naturally inside the shell of young coconuts. It's low in calories, cholesterol-free, contains a high amount of potassium and other essential nutrients and minerals.
The great thing about fresh coconut water is that it can help to refuel and hydrate, prevent ageing through its cytokines, help with digestion and metabolism, and can even reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke.
Though the thing to be aware of is, that many of the commercial coconut water brands can in fact contain up to 15 grams of sugar. So it's important to know that they're not sugar or calorie free and that it's best to check the nutritional ingredients before drinking and to look out for "added sugar".
Some of these brands also claim that coconut water is the "most" hydrating drink. But when you sweat from either heat or exercise, you lose essential minerals such as salt and potassium that need to be replaced. And unfortunately, many of the commercial brands don't contain enough of these "essentials" to replace what's been lost.
So it's not to say you can't be drinking these, but it's not a good idea to drink it purely for hydration purposes. The best way to get the most out of coconut water is to buy fresh young coconuts and drink straight from the shell. And remember, water is the most important nutrient for life and the best way to keep hydrated.
Hope I've helped Sarah! — Steph, POPSUGAR health and beauty journalist
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