10 years ago, most people outside of tropical countries couldn’t tell the difference between a coconut and a bowling ball. These days though, coconut water is flying off store shelves, praised for its high potassium and mineral content. Potassium is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and hypertension. One coconut is said to contain 4 times the amount of potassium as a banana!
Athletes and beach goers alike enjoy coconut water as a healthy energy drink, one that’s relatively low in fat, sugar, and calories.
Here’s the breakdown of 1 cup of coconut water:
- Calories: 46
- Protein: 1.7g
- Carbohydrates: 8.9g
- Total Fat: 0.5g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 252mg
- Potassium: 600mg
Although you’re more likely to get struck by lightning, be nonetheless cautious if you’re re skipping along a beach crowded with coconut trees: Death By Coconut, Link
Don’t try this with the larger variation.
Now go out and try some coconut water and let that tropical rush overtake you.