Until a few years ago, coconut water was not hailed as the elixir it is regarded as today in the Western countries. But did you know that during World War II, coconut water was used as a short-term intravenous hydration and resuscitation fluid?1 Extremely popular in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, coconut water is the almost clear liquid found in tender green coconuts as well as mature brown coconuts. The refreshing low-calorie drink should not be confused with the uber rich coconut milk which is made by mixing grated coconut meat with water.
Coconut Water Nutrition
Even though it is a tad high in sugar (6 g per cup) and sodium (252 mg), there are still many health benefits of coconut water. At just 46 calories per cup, coconut water is rich in potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. It also has some carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and selenium.2
Coconut water is regarded as one of the ultimate detox drinks owing to its electrolytes, amino acids, phytohormones, antioxidants, growth promoting factors, and age-reversing cytokines. In short, it is not only a tropical beverage that quenches the thirst on a hot day but has also been used successfully as a traditional medicine. Here are the 12 benefits of coconut water or 12 reasons you need to start drinking this elixir.