One of the latest trends amongst health food circles is coconut water. Although relatively unseen at average supermarkets a few years ago, this drink is gaining popularity after magazine and talk shows have raved about its benefits.
What’s the big deal?
- Coconut water is naturally sterile as the water has been filtered through the coconut’s husk.
- It is low in sugars, carbohydrates, and fats.
- It contains less sodium and more potassium than a majority of sports drinks.
- Coconut water contains lauric acid, a triglyceride found in breast milk that is known for increasing HDL cholesterol and have potential anti-microbial properties.
But did you know… Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma and can be used to give an emergency blood transfusion! This concept is called a Coconut IV, and it has saved countless lives in third world nations, including those of wounded soldiers in the Pacific Wars.
When you’re not using it to save lives, coconut water is a delicious, sweet treat after an intense workout or a strenuous day.