Fitness ‘Trends’ Today
One of the most frustrating things about trying to eat well is dealing with fads. From fad diets to exotic foods that no one has ever heard of, proper nutrition has become much more complicated than it used to be. Yes, fitness is critical if you want to be healthy, but beyond that lays the importance of eating high quality foods (something we cover in detail here) and making sure you’re satisfied and happy with your choices.
Enter coconut water. What seems to be just another fad in a long list of exotic foods actually has a rich, cultured history of utility and cuisine. So, is coconut water good for you in a culinary sense? Oh yeah.
The Coconut Water Experience
For those of you that don’t know (no need to be ashamed; no one knows everything), coconut water is not actually water. It’s just the clear liquid found in the center of coconuts. Now, an important aspect of coconut water to keep in mind is that it tastes nothing like water either. Sure, it may go down smooth, but if you go into this experience expecting to taste water, you will definitely be shocked.
Now, here’s the first level of controversy. Some people love the tropical, exotic taste of the water and get hooked instantly. Other people find the taste…unique. Honestly, it’s usually an acquired taste for most people. Very few people have the ‘love at first sip’ experience.
Keep in mind that coconut water is rarely isolated. While you can get coconut water with no pulp, you’re not really getting the full coconut water experience if you pass on the pulp. It’s an awful lot like having pizza at a burger joint. Yes, you can do it, but you’re wasting a perfectly good opportunity!
Now, in nutritional terms, is coconut water good for you? Absolutely! Coconut water is full of potassium which helps athletes avoid muscle spasms and cramps. To give you an idea of how much potassium coconut water has, think of it this way. You’d have to eat four bananas to get the same amount of potassium as you’d get in one coconut (by the way, if you’re lacking the nutrition department, check out our multivitamin reviews).
Plus, coconut water is naturally fat/cholesterol free. So feel free to help yourself; coconut water won’t get in the way of your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, the rich consistency of coconut water can actually help suppress your appetite!
Studies have shown that coconut water may help cure hangovers (replenishes your electrolytes and helps settle your stomach as well) and reduces blood pressure (the potassium in coconut water counters the sodium and thus, helps lower blood pressure). If that isn’t enough for you, coconut water has much less sugar than most fruit juices and sports drinks.
So, is coconut water good for you? Without a doubt. Is it for everyone? No, some people just don’t like the taste or texture. But if you’re wondering whether or not it’s just a fad, wonder no more. We get the feeling that coconut water is going to be around for quite a while.
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