Coconut water provides much more than just a refreshing taste, it’s also a beverage packed with nutritional benefits and value.
Here are a few lesser-known coconut water nutrition facts.
1. Low in Calories
Looking for way to cut down on calories? Substitute those daily sodas or sugary cocktails for a cool glass of coconut water. The natural flavors in coconut taste great and won’t spike your blood glucose levels like soda does. Coming in at about 43 calories per 8oz glass, you’ll want this natural drink in your fridge as you embark on a healthier lifestyle.
2. Low-Carb Friendly
Coconut water is also a great option for those looking for low-carb drinks. The carb count for a single cup is around 9g. The carbs in coconut water are also more easily digestible because they’re found in the form of natural sugars and electrolytes.
Make sure to buy natural coconut water that doesn’t have any added sugar in it or you may see a higher carb amount.
3. High-Fiber Content
Fiber doesn’t get enough credit as a powerhouse. Just look at a few of the ways it helps us:
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Lower risk of diabetes
- Healthier gut bacteria
- Receive an all-natural detox
The CDC suggests we get around 30g of fiber every day. A nice glass of coconut water in the morning will provide you with 10% of the daily recommended amount.
4. Full of Potassium & Other Minerals
Coconut water contains more potassium than four bananas, typically containing around 400 milligrams of potassium per 9oz. This mineral helps support blood pressure and bone and muscle health. Potassium has also been known to reduce the formation of kidney stones, protect against loss of muscle mass and regulate fluids in the body. The electrolytes in coconut water help prevent dehydration and can help reduce fatigue.
5. Helps Digestion
Coconut water is known to contain tannins, which act as an anti-inflammatory agent that may help any internal inflammation that’s causing indigestion. Coconut water has certain bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases, etc. that help in the process of digestion and boosting metabolism. The benefits of this refreshing drink are clear. One question remains: Which Taste Nirvana flavor will you try first?