Coconut water is becoming a fast-growing favorite beverage. Local grocery stores see it flying off the shelves. Have you tried it yet? It has a fresh, light taste and is a good source of electrolytes. Once just a Brazilian drink, it is now becoming a wide spread favorite right here in the U.S. Brazilians call it “agua de coco” and they consider it a nutritious, yummy staple.
Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young, green coconut. One serving is higher in potassium than a banana and it is much healthier than sports drinks yet still high in electrolytes. Coconut water is gluten-free, fat free and has no added sugar. It started out being sold only in specialty and natural food stores but since it has been such a success, it is now sold in grocery stores around the United States.
Is this another trendy marketing boom, like bottled water was?
Is it just another over-priced beverage?
Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
It may not be your drink of choice on a daily basis, but is a refreshing change from regular water. If you are trying to stay hydrated while avoiding sugary, syrupy drinks, consider this option. Coconut water is especially helpful when traveling or after a long run since it keeps you hydrated and has been called the new natural Gatorade. Did I mention it is high in antioxidants?
Not all coconut water is the same, though. One brand to try is Zico, who claims their coconut water is nature’s sports drink. Some brands have a slight metallic taste so my top suggestion is the highly recommended O.N.E. Coconut water. My personal favorite flavor is O.N.E. Coconut Water with a splash of pink guava.
Give it a try today!
For more information on O.N.E. Coconut Water, click here.
For more information on Zico, click here.
Author Information: Aura Lee Honkanen, Seattle
Aura Lee Honkanen, Seattle Gluten-Free Examiner