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Is coconut water a real super-drink?

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Created March 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I've fallen into the (good?) habit of drinking lots of coconut water. It's usually between 8-24 oz per day. I feel like this stuff is really amazing!

What's your take on packaged coconut water?

This started when struggling to get enough potassium without going overboard on fibrous veggies but when I realized the impact it had on my other minerals, I was in love! The nutritional bang for your caloric buck is pretty difficult to beat with other beverages or food in general.

Not to mention the stuff is delightfully refreshing early morning or after a workout and goes well with spiced rum and ice in the evenings.

I mostly drink VitaCoco because it's pure, cheap, and convenient. If you're not spoiled by fresh young coconuts (too much work for me) I suggest give it a try. Buy in bulk at Costco :-)

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Since the first few responses mention sugar, I'll add that it has more fiber, more protein, vitamins, and WAY more minerals (though about the same mineral distribution) per calorie than a sweet potato, and is quite satiating, and doesn't actually have much sugar to start with. AND most of the sugar is glucose. So unless you're trying to stay in ketosis, I don't see the problem...

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598 · March 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I just figured they didn't measure for it or something. I've seen some food labels omit nutrients I know are in there... hmm well I don't much need the fiber anyway, but I'm still a little disappointed.

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26182 · March 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

That is fresh coconut water from teh coconut. According to Vitacoco's website (http://vitacoco.com/products/#pure) there is 0 fiber in it's 100% pure coconut water brand

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598 · March 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Wow this boy woke up on the wrong side of the bed. What an intense, emotional, flaming response to a simple downvote. I appreciate the justifications you've added in your comments but the attitude will hold me back from reversing my vote.

And yeah, coconut water provides ample, well-balanced nutrients in a convenient and refreshing delivery system. The mineral balance is sublime and that alone is reason to believe people could gain significant health benefits from drinking it. Another is cytokinins... And the list goes on.

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10994 · March 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I'm sorry that everyone isn't as excited as you about some novel food that you just decided to add to your diet which you will probably grow out of in a matter of weeks/months anyways -_- .

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10994 · March 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

There is no evidence provided in your question that anyone could get any health benefits from coconut water anymore so than the basic nourishment that a vitamin-water or Gatorade could provide. I have not found any information on my own research that one's health could benefit from this product. Therefore it is perfectly valid to say: No, coconut water is not a super-drink because there are no known health benefits that one can expect from drinking this substance other than basic nourishment.

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10994 · March 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Let me start off by saying that I think it's great that you've learned how to use the down arrow, I'm very proud of you. Back to the topic on hand, You asked a very specific question and provided marginal and inaccurate information (vita coco water does not contain fiber...), there were no points to reflect and hence me simply answering no is perfectly valid. That being said, Super-drinks and super-foods are reserved for health giving foods/drinks in my opinion, if you have a different definition then please provide your definition in your question.

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598 · March 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

This is not helpful. Please explain yourself or keep your vapid opinions to yourself. I'd have downvoted you just the same if you said "yeah, it's a super drink"...

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20 · March 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Indeed, I'm suspicious of anything that claims to be "super" anything. Usually a marketing hook!

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598 · March 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Interesting reads. I honestly did not realize coconut water was being touted as such a super-food elsewhere; I thought I had just stumbled upon something. Drinking it makes me feel so good and when I looked into its nutritional profile I realized it was an excellent source of many minerals. I'm not sure why the exec thinks it's a poor source... you can get an average of about 10% of ALL the important minerals (but only a little zinc which we get plenty of from meat) in about 1 cup. That's just 6 grams of sugar (about 2 grams fructose)... I think the exec is a little wonky anyway.

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4458 · March 20, 2014 at 4:58 AM

apparently (google) coconut water is good for reducing blood pressure, which is good if you have high blood pressure...don't know if it lowers normal blood pressure...i did not google that far...

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1262 · March 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

all of them. The coconut kiosk guys knew how to cut the nut in two, shave it under to give it a base, and offer the coconut water cup to the dog. All of them (I must have seen 20 dogs drinking coconut) showed enthusiasm and dispatched it pronto.

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598 · March 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Dogs like it? That's a trip. For a dog I might actually question the sugar content.

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598 · March 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Makes me feel great too and It's not all that sugary. Unless you're trying to get into ketosis I don't see the problem. Plus, it has fiber, vitamins, and minerals in excess of many fruits and even sweet potatoes! I guess a lot of Paleo's dismiss a lot of things without good reason.

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598 · March 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I don't find the sugar content to be an issue. It's not very sugary and, believe it or not, has more fiber and vitamin C than an orange. Yeah, it has more fiber per calorie and much more minerals than a sweet potato.... So this argument is a no-go in my paleo book. I'm not VLC... and I don't feel that sugar is the evil it's painted to be.

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480 · March 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

if you feel good, if your body is preforming good, do not stress it. If you are concerned, try to time your coco drinks for when the body really craves it (after a work out, on a hot day, with a twist of lime while reading in the sun)

If coco water is your vice than you got, good for you. just promise to splurge

one day and try a fresh one some time. they make vita coco taste look like flat 7-up

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598 · March 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Is this wrong?

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3115/2

says it contains fiber, but @Stephen 4 angrily insists it doesn't. Anyone want to take a shot at breaking the tie with some real data?

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26182 · March 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

That is fresh coconut water from teh coconut. According to Vitacoco's website (http://vitacoco.com/products/#pure) there is 0 fiber in it's 100% pure coconut water brand

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8270 · March 21, 2014 at 5:06 AM

My thought? Overhyped and overmarketed.

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10994 · March 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

No, it is not a real super drink.

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598 · March 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM

This is not helpful. Please explain yourself or keep your vapid opinions to yourself. I'd have downvoted you just the same if you said "yeah, it's a super drink"...

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20 · March 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Indeed, I'm suspicious of anything that claims to be "super" anything. Usually a marketing hook!

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5 · March 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Let's not push the word super on as many things as possible.

The number 1 reason to drink coconut water is cytokinins, next may be potassium, but I'm not sure if it is a good idea to drink heat treated coconut water, I wouldn't drink heat treated coconut water regularly or thinking it is super unless I realize some healthful effects which I think is not much likely:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/Coconut%20Water%20Dew%20from%20the%20Heavens.htm

https://www.bulletproofexec.com/what-dr-mercola-didnt-tell-you-about-coconut-water-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup/

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598 · March 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Interesting reads. I honestly did not realize coconut water was being touted as such a super-food elsewhere; I thought I had just stumbled upon something. Drinking it makes me feel so good and when I looked into its nutritional profile I realized it was an excellent source of many minerals. I'm not sure why the exec thinks it's a poor source... you can get an average of about 10% of ALL the important minerals (but only a little zinc which we get plenty of from meat) in about 1 cup. That's just 6 grams of sugar (about 2 grams fructose)... I think the exec is a little wonky anyway.

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529 · March 20, 2014 at 2:54 AM

If you're willing to eat starches, then I guess there's nothing wrong with consuming glucose more directly. Especially if you are physically active and metabolically sound.

This winter I started drinking amazaki, which gets its sweetness from the breakdown of rice starch into glucose. It's even used as a traditional cold remedy in Japan.

The only potential issue I can see is the addictive nature of sweet foods. Some people can't stop themselves from over consumption.

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598 · March 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

So I guess I'm the only one (of those respondents at least) who sees coconut water as this amazing super-nutritious nectar of the gods? I mean this stuff is really amazing. Basically in all the same ways as a sweet potato is... only more convenient and incredibly refreshing. BTW most of the sugar is glucose (just added that up top too).

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0 · March 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Seems good to me. When I was in Brazil, I too drank loads of the stuff - it's fresh, cheap and delicious - I didn't notice any problem with sugars. Don't know what it's like where you are, but in the UK coconut water tends to be UHT, expensive and tastes of plastic - I don't bother! I use plenty of coconut milk and oil in smoothies and for cooking, but coconut water can wait until I can get it fresh again.

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1262 · March 18, 2014 at 3:43 PM

When living in Brazil I drank it very often. Fresh it is obviously a health food, and much more energizing than the oil we get here. I noted that dogs love it too.

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598 · March 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Dogs like it? That's a trip. For a dog I might actually question the sugar content.

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0 · March 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I only drink after a workout, otherwise it is too high in sugar.

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598 · March 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I don't find the sugar content to be an issue. It's not very sugary and, believe it or not, has more fiber and vitamin C than an orange. Yeah, it has more fiber per calorie and much more minerals than a sweet potato.... So this argument is a no-go in my paleo book. I'm not VLC... and I don't feel that sugar is the evil it's painted to be.

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58 · March 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

It always makes me feel great and I love the taste, but I've heard a lot of Paleo's dismiss it as "sugar water"

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598 · March 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Makes me feel great too and It's not all that sugary. Unless you're trying to get into ketosis I don't see the problem. Plus, it has fiber, vitamins, and minerals in excess of many fruits and even sweet potatoes! I guess a lot of Paleo's dismiss a lot of things without good reason.

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