Nuts over COCONUT!

What are fit folks sipping these days?

Coconut Water.

Is this stuff REALLY healthy or just uber trendy? I had to test the waters myself and see!

Coconut water, unlike coconut milk, is found inside young, green coconuts. The water is thin and filmy with a distinct flavor and mild sweetness. Comercially-sold coconut waters are pasteurized to prevent from food borne illness.

Today’s Treat! Coconut Water!

Coconut water contains plentiful amounts of electrolytes and minerals making it a most desirable form of all-natural hydration and nutrient replenishment for athletes and exercisers. One cup of coconut water contains 46 calories, less than 0.5 grams of fat, and is a good source of fiber (3 grams), magnesium (60 milligrams), potassium (600 milligrams), and vitamin C. A single cup also provides 252 milligrams of sodium and 9 grams of carbohydrate. MUCH better than Gatorade’s stats: one cup = 50 calories, 110 milligrams of sodium, only 30 milligrams of potassium, 14 grams of carbohydrate, and no fiber.

Today I sampled Taste Nirvana’s Real Coconut Water.

I was AMAZED something so DELICIOUS could be as nutritious. The sweet water had the perfect consistency with a subtle taste of coconut that was incredibly yummy. It was a cool and refreshing indulgence – I felt like I was drinking dessert!

So will this drink become a staple in my diet? At almost $2.00 a bottle probably not. But as an occassional  treat in the summer heat? YOU BET! Have you tried coconut water? What do you think? Any favorite brands or nutritious suggestions?

Cheers to all you coconut drinkers!

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