Coconut water is a clear liquid within young coconuts. It has long been a popular drink outside of North America and Europe, in more tropical climates where coconut palms are plentiful. It has experienced a recent surge in popularity, being marketed particularly as a sports drink alternative.

Health considerations

Coconut water is a low calorie, low sugar beverage with multiple vitamins and minerals. Coconut water contains multiple phytochemicals, antioxidants, and other molecules with possible beneficial health effects. It contains antimicrobial peptides and has shown cardioprotective and restorative effects against liver damage in rats. Coconut water a source of potassium, magnesium, and other electrolytes, thus coconut water’s marketing as a sports drink alternative.

Keep in mind

Individuals exercising for prolonged periods of time may benefit from the caloric content of traditional sports drinks, and should fuel appropriately when using low-sugar coconut water.

May be found in

Sold as is, in tetra paks and bottles; flavored varieties, juice blends, smoothies, jellies.


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