Coconut water is oh so yummy. If you’ve ever been at a health food store, or even your local grocery store, you’ve probably seen coconut water in cans on the shelves. Try picking up a few the next time you’re there. They’re a lot tastier than your favorite soda, and they’re healthier, too. If you’ve ever cracked open a coconut, or a young coconut, then you know just how sweet, juicy, refreshing, and revitalizing coconut water is. But, you probably didn’t know it had a lot of health benefits. Coconut water is a great source of several nutrients. A few points before we move on: the coconut is actually a fruit and not a nut, and coconut water shouldn’t be confused with coconut milk. Coconut milk is actually the meat of the coconut ground up and mixed with water. Coconut water is produced naturally in the fruit, and it contains mostly water. Coconut milk, on the other hand, contains about 50% water only. Coconut water is low-fat, no-cholesterol, and has four times as much as potassium as a banana. Plus, it’s super-hydrating. It’s a delicious summer beverage. If you’ve ever been thirsty on a hot summer day, grab a can of coconut water in addition to your water. It provides a lot more benefits than the cup of water you’re used to.
1. Nutrient Rich
Many people rely on fortified cereals and snacks for breakfast to get them going. Coconut water may be a great alternative to these foods, because it is naturally packed with vitamin and minerals but doesn’t have artificial ingredients or additives that may be unhealthy. Coconut water has many trace minerals that are lacking in most diets and is filled with potassium, Vitamin C and magnesium. There is also calcium and fiber in coconut milk. Try a glass in the morning and a few throughout the day to keep your body nourished.