Friday, July 5, 2013

Coconut Water: Famous For A Reason

Fad alert: drinking coconut water.
Fad alert: drinking coconut water.
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It seems like everywhere I look (especially in these warm summer months), people are drinking coconut water. When I was growing up, I had a few friends who loved coconut water, and when I was living in Costa Rica, we used to crack open fresh coconuts and drink it fresh through straws.

Lately there’s been this huge surge of people drinking coconut water. And while some might just be doing it because it’s the new healthy “fad,” coconut water has become famous for some very legitimate reasons.

It’s not for everyone (my boyfriend absolutely hates it), but if it tastes good to you, you can enjoy these benefits:
Coconut water is even tastier straight from the source!
Coconut water is even tastier
straight from the source!
Image: Shutterstock
  1. Weight loss—Coconut water is very low in fat but still fills you up. That means it can help promote weight loss and quench your thirst and hunger without filling you up with fat and sugar.
  2. Diabetes—As opposed to other sweet drinks, coconut water is low in sugar. This can help prevent the onset of diabetes caused by ingesting too many sugary foods and drinks over the years.
  3. Better digestion—Water aids digestion because it hydrates your body. Coconut water hydrates your body even better than regular water, and thus it helps you absorb nutrients from food better.
  4. Bye-Bye viruses—Due to its anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, coconut water can help prevent viral infections like the flu.
  5. Metabolism boost—Coconut water is high in potassium and low in sodium, and gives your cells a natural boost. It’s a great substitute for sugary energy drinks.

Has anyone tried drinking coconut water before? What did you think? I really enjoy it, but certainly not everyone does. If you’ve never tried it, consider giving it a shot to see if it’s something you like.

Plus, it’s really fun drinking water through a straw in a coconut. Just sayin’.