The Victoria secret models secret Coconut water

May
2013
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He’s some great information from optimalyou’s  Niyc Pidgeon who, we are pleased to say is now joining the team to offer personal training.

Always one to relish an opportunity to write about a topic I’m interested in, I jumped at the offer of contributing to the SMB blog with a post relating to coconut water, the new kid on the block when it comes to hydration.

  Whilst coconut water has been around for a long time as a niche product, its consumption as a mainstream beverage has only really taken off in the past few years. You may have seen brands such as Vita Coco and Cocofina on the supermarket shelves and wondered why all of a sudden everybody is talking about them.

Coconut water is good for you for a number of reasons – and coconut itself is a superfood, meaning that it is associated with more than twelve distinct health-giving benefits. Coconut may be used in a number of ways, with coconut oil the preferred choice to use when cooking, and when looking to improve skin and hair condition, and coconut milk offering a super healthy alternative to dairy.

The water of the fresh, young coconut offers a powerhouse combination of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, fibre, and protein. It is high in antioxidants, and a good source of potassium – a mineral that many of us are deficient in, and one that is important for rebalancing electrolytes after exercise. The water of the coconut is clear in colour, light, low calorie, low in fat and sugar, and refreshing to drink – best served chilled!

One of the major benefits of coconut water is that is has an alkalising effect on the body, and can reduce the acidity caused by toxins in our modern diets and lifestyle. Alkalising is associated with optimal health and well-being, and shows promise as a means of preventing and fighting lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers. Coconut water is useful as a replacement for conventional sports drinks, offering a good source of hydration when exercising.

One thing that may be noted is the limited shelf life of a young coconut compared with the coconut water we see on the shelves. Packaged coconut waters are pasturised and tetra-packed, meaning they last longer and don’t ‘go off’. This is useful for shelf life, although means that the vitamin content of the coconut water may be lowered, and often extra sugar may be added for taste.

As with any advice related to nutrition, natural is best, and if we were able to drink the pure, raw, coconut water from the fresh young coconut itself we would achieve better nourishment. A friend of mine returned from a raw food retreat in Thailand with an idea to bring the experience of drinking from the fresh coconut to the UK. His brand Cocolyte are soon to be importing fresh young coconuts, albeit with the limited shelf life of two weeks, meaning that we can all have the Thai beach coconut experience on our doorsteps  (but probably minus the sunshine!).

If you’re looking for a hydrating drink with added health benefits give coconut water a try, and let us know what you think.