Coconut water – the liquid inside of coconuts – is mostly (94%) water plus some bonus nutrients.
It is not the same as coconut milk, which is made by adding water to ground-up coconut meat (the white flesh on the inside of the coconut). Coconut milk is much higher in fat and is only about 50% water.
Coconut water has a healthy amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, is low in carbs and sodium, and only has a small amount of sugar and fat.
Potential Health Benefits
Coconut water contains antioxidants that can protect your cells and tissues from being damaged by oxidative stress.
Reactive oxygen species are unstable oxygen molecules produced as a byproduct of normal metabolism. This reactivity means they can damage cell structures, which increases inflammation and the risk for chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants (commonly found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods and beverages) neutralize these molecules and prevent harmful reactions.
Coconut water also appears to have beneficial effects on blood pressure and triglyceride, insulin, and blood sugar levels. This could be because coconut water is an excellent source of magnesium, which effectively reduces the risks associated with diabetes.
Although evidence is minimal, coconut water may help prevent the development of kidney stones. In general, good hydration is an essential factor for healthy kidney function and reducing the risk of kidney stones. Still, the nutrients in coconut water may have an added benefit over plain water.
Refreshing and Delicious
Coconut water is a great beverage choice anytime you need hydration or electrolytes – after exercise, for example.
Potassium, calcium, and magnesium are electrolyte minerals that help regulate fluid balance. Just like a sports drink, coconut water can help you stay hydrated and provide the nutrients your body needs after an intense workout.
It can be a much more healthful alternative than artificially flavored sports drinks and more healthy than soda and sugary juices.
When it comes to flavor, coconut water is sweet with a subtle, nutty flavor (and low in carbs and calories), making it easy and pleasant to drink as much as you need.
Hydration is essential to your health and well-being, especially when you are hot and sweaty or sick. Coconut water can be a delicious, healthy choice that provides hydration and nutrients to help you feel refreshed, replenished, and rejuvenated.