Coconut water, this year's fad?
Coconut water seems like it's the drink of choice for the health-conscious, or at least that's what you'd think if you wander around the more fashionable health food stores. But is it as good as some people claim or is it simply this year's fad?
Coconut water is the clear liquid found in young, green coconuts (not the brown skinned ones as they are more mature).
It contains 95 per cent water but the remaining five per cent is rich in potassium and also offers calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, B vitamins, zinc and a small amount of sodium too. It's potassium, rich in all fruits and vegetables, which is in part why we are encouraged to eat them so often.
The combination of minerals makes coconut water a popular way to rehydrate, but in truth it is only slightly more effective than water but not on a par with many sports-drinks (they contain sodium in addition to potassium both of which are depleted when training but coconut water has only trace amounts so whilst it's a tad better than water, it can't match sports drinks as they are fortified with both but then it doesn't contain the sugars that they do either).
Coconut water has a little fibre (some one per cent) and protein (again less than one per cent) so although the label may make mention of this I don't think it's a significant amount.
Coconut water is relatively low in calories as a 330ml pack contains less than 60 calories.
Do look for the plain coconut water rather the fruit flavoured ones, even if they do contain exotic sounding superfoods as they will inevitably come with more fruit sugars.