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Coconut Water
Coconut Water
A year ago it’s still a novelty in Hong Kong, coconut water is now widely available in convenience stores and grocery stores. We all enjoy the refreshing, thirst-quenching coconut water when we travel to Thailand and other South East Asian countries. What’s so good about this natural liquid?

Nutrition ABCs

Naturally low-calories, cholesterol and fat-free, coconut water is marketed as a “mother nature’s sports drink”. It’s indeed not too far-fetched from the truth. Coconut water provides natural electrolytes to replenish loss during exercise. In general, it has less sodium and more potassium than sports drinks. With a naturally sweet, nutty flavor, coconut water is the new craze in the sports community.
 
Compared to the sweetened sports drink that sometimes contain artificial sweeteners, a serving of coconut water provides less calories, making it a favorite drink this summer.
 

Beware!

Not all packaged coconut waters are created equal. Some may be sweetened with added sugar, some maybe extracted from mature coconuts, not young coconuts. Therefore, always check the ingredient list. What you want is 100% coconut water, nothing else.
 
Coconut water is sufficient to power a recreational sports event that last one to two hours. However, the sodium level present in coconut water is not sufficient to replenish a strenuous exercise just as a marathon.
Written by Canadian Registered Dietitian Gloria Tsang Yan Yan