So, you want to learn about coconut water and what makes it so great? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Over the last decade, this tropical treat has taken the world by storm for a bunch of reasons. If you‘re one of the few that haven’t tried it yet, don’t fret. Let us tempt you by telling you about all the benefits of drinking coconut water.
But first, what is coconut water?
Coconut water is the juice found inside a young, green coconut. You’re more likely to be familiar with mature coconuts, which turn brown in colour and hairy in texture when they ripen. The key difference between the two is that green coconuts are packed with water, which develops into coconut meat as it matures. This “meat” is the fruit we all know and love.
Let us be clear: coconut water is not to be confused with coconut milk. While they both derive from coconuts (obviously), coconut milk is made by adding water to grated coconut meat, but coconut water is straight from the source!
What are the benefits of coconut water?
Now you know where coconut water comes from, it’s time to learn about what makes this refreshing drink so popular.
It‘s a source of Vitamin C
Vita Coco coconut water is a source of Vitamin C, and just 500ml of Vita Coco can give you your entire recommended daily intake! There’s a reason why we’re the world’s favourite coconut water …
But what does Vitamin C do? This miracle ingredient supports the formation of collagen, the protein responsible for healthy hair and younger looking skin; and the absorption of iron, which aids the functioning of the immune system by protecting cells and keeping them healthy.
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which means it’s effective in fighting against free radical damage. If there are too many free radicals in your body, it can lead to oxidative stress, which weakens your cells and can increase your risk of catching diseases or becoming unwell. So yeah, getting enough Vitamin C is a pretty big deal!
It’s great for post workout recovery
Not only is it super refreshing, coconut water contains naturally occurring electrolytes – minerals with an electric charge which our bodies lose through sweat when we exercise. The electrolytes found in coconut water include:
Electrolytes regulate the body’s pH level, allowing us to function normally, and help balance the amount of water our bodies carry, which is essential after a tough workout. These electrolytes also have other benefits: calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, magnesium can help reduce blood sugar levels and aids digestion, and potassium is essential for heart health and muscular function.
The sugar in coconut water is another reason why it’s great for post workout recovery. Simple sugar, or glucose, is a form of carbohydrate which the body converts into energy when needed. Coconut water contains only free sugar, meaning it doesn’t bind to fibre and is therefore quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
It’s the perfect hangover cure
We all overdo it on a night out every once in a while, and although you may feel terrible in the morning, coconut water can help you to feel refreshed and somewhat ‘normal’ after a heavy night.
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it causes your body to lose fluids, and dehydration is what leads to those morning-after headaches and nausea. Instead of opting for a black coffee and a paracetamol, grab some coconut water instead, as the electrolytes will replenish your body, helping to nurse your hangover and set you on the road to recovery!
It’s naturally fat-free and low in calories
There are only 120 calories in a 500ml bottle of Vita Coco coconut water – lower than the typical isotonic sports drink or soft drink. It’s also fat free, meaning you can enjoy a refreshing bottle of Vita Coco coconut water guilt-free!
It tastes great!
Coconut water has an indulgent and nutty taste. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? Get yourself a carton of Vita Coco.
PS. Did we mention we’re the world’s fave coconut water?