Find out the health benefits of coconut water and if it's really worth the hype
Healthy women around the world are going mad for coconut water. Sienna Miller, Halle Berry, Miranda Kerr and Jessica Simpson are just a few of its A-list fans.
So, what's all the hype about? We bring you the low-down and find out if coconut water really is worth popping into your shopping trolley.
LOW IN SUGAR
It's made from young green coconuts which are naturally low in sugar. That means no unhealthy spikes in your blood sugar levels.
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It contains naturally occurring electrolytes which, according to Nutritional Therapist Susie Perry, draw water quickly into the body cells for faster rehydration. Bear in mind, however, that most sports drinks include higher levels of sodium (which is important for maintaining water balance) and are therefore more efficient at rehydrating you after a heavy exercise session.
So, if you're looking for a hydrating kick after a hard-core workout it might be better to stick to your sports drink. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to artificial drinks or water then coconut water is perfect for you.
PACKED WITH POTASSIUM
Coconut water is packed with more potassium than a banana and is naturally fat free. Australian model Miranda Kerr adds it to her morning super smoothie.
Plain coconut water is an acquired taste - not everyone's a fan, but it does also come in a range of flavours (Vita Coco Peach & Mango’s among our faves). If you’re not keen on plain old coconut water you can always stick it in a smoothie for an additional health kick.
CHECK THE LABEL
Don't be fooled that just becauise it's coconut water it's healthy: look for the natural varieties, or you might be consuming added sugar and extra calories. Jax Coco coconut water, for example, is 100% coconut water with no added sugar or sweeteners - try it mixed with passion fruit, mango juice and soda water for a refreshing and healthy summer mocktail.
Time to ditch your sports drink?
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