Many celebrities have been spotted drinking coconut water, including Chris Pine, Ed Westwick and Kristin Cavallari. Even A-listers like Rihanna and Jessica Alba have appeared as the faces of various coconut water campaigns. Athletes have even attributed coconut water as one of their secrets to success. Professional tennis player John Isner credits coconut water with keeping him on his feet for his 11-hour marathon win at Wimbledon! So, what are the facts about coconut water besides its rising popularity and being a great tasting, refreshing beverage? Here are the 5 Must Know Facts About Coconut Water:
1) Let’s start with the basics…Coconut water is simply the clear liquid inside coconuts! It’s long been a popular drink in tropical climates such as the Caribbean where it’s available fresh, canned or bottled. Fresh coconuts are typically harvested from the tree while they are young and green. Coconuts actually aren’t nuts; they’re drupes. So, ironically, coconuts are nut-free! (What a relief for all those with nut allergies!)
2) Coconut water is often confused with coconut milk. Don’t make this mistake! Coconut milk is extracted by breaking down the white kernel of mature coconuts until the coconut milk runs out. You can spot the difference by its thicker consistency and opaque, white appearance. It makes a great base for smoothies and can be used as a dairy alternative in baking, curries, desserts, soups and sauces.
3) Coconut water is low in calories, carbohydrates and sodium while rich in potassium. Many health professionals have compared one serving of coconut water to having as much potassium as four bananas! Coconut Water has less sugar, calories and sodium than commercial beverages like soda, juice and sport drinks. We challenge you to compare the Nutrition Facts Table of your favourite drinks. It’s also free of GMOs, Lactose, Dairy, Gluten, Cholesterol and Fat!
4) One of the great things of Grace Coconut Water is that you won’t see “from concentrate” on the ingredient listing. We pride ourselves on simply using flash pasteurized coconut water for the best tasting product. This is unlike other companies who sell coconut water “from concentrate” which means their product has been heated, condensed, transported and then re-bulked with more water. We also don’t add anything to our 100% coconut water, it is as nature intended.
5) Coconut water has been compared to human blood plasma after its use during World War II when British and Japanese patients were given coconut water intravenously (IV) because saline was unavailable. This rehydration technique still continues to be used for short-term emergency situations where resources are scarce. Coconut water can be fermented to produce coconut vinegar. It can also be used to make nata de coco, a chewy and translucent jelly-like food originating in the Philippines.
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