Is Coconut Water Good for You?

Coconut Water© Hemera /ThinkstockCoconut water is the liquid that is found inside young coconuts before they mature.

The first time I drank coconut water was at the New York City Half Marathon expo in 2010. The promoters were touting its amazing hydration abilities, plus it was a free sample and I don’t pass up free samples. At first taste I almost gagged. It didn’t taste like coconut or water. But then after trying a few more sips the taste grew on me.

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Ever since the expo, I find myself reaching for coconut water more and more after a long workout rather than my former hydration go-to, G2. But is this pricey, popular drink that is taking over shelves all it’s cracked up to be?

I turned to to get the lowdown on this new drink craze. Sarah Atwood, MS, RD explains on their site that coconut water is definitely a better option than soda or other sugary drinks. Plus it’s got a great nutrition profile with lots of potassium, no fat, and low in calories. So if you’re willing to shell out the cash, drink up, otherwise regular water from your tap should rehydrate you just fine.


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