5 Reasons You Should Drink Coconut Water

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If you haven’t tried coconut water yet you’re missing out!

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside of the young coconut, not to be confused with coconut milk or coconut creme which is the white flesh of the fruit blended with water until smooth. Coconut milk/creme is also good for you but is high in fat and calories. Coconut water, on the other hand, is naturally low in calories, fat-free, and can be enjoyed daily.


Here are five reasons you should be drinking coconut water:

1. Coconut water is full of good nutrition.

As mentioned above, coconut water is naturally low in calories, fat-free and low on the glycemic index. It’s also loaded with B Vitamins, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals.

2. Coconut water is naturally purified.

The process of the water traveling through the coconut tree through the plant naturally purifies the water contained inside the fruit.

3. Coconut water super hydrating and full of electrolytes.

Coconut water contains more electrolytes and less sugar than most sports drinks; it also contains more potassium than bananas. Hollywood celebrities rely on it for healthy, glowing skin for it’s hydrating and nutritious qualities (drink up!).

4. Coconut water naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial.

These properties can be beneficial in fighting infections, warding off disease, and boosting your immune system. It can also help balance the ratio of good-to-bad bacteria in your digestive tract.

5. It’s delicious!

Coconut water has a delightful mild taste. Even people who don’t care for coconut usually like it. Different brands will taste a little different as the coconuts come from different parts of the world – try a few different brands until you find the one you like best. Just make sure the only ingredient is coconut water and that it doesn’t have anything added to it.

A few other fun facts:

  • Coconut water is an excellent hangover cure, mostly because it’s so hydrating.
  • Coconut water is considered a “universal donor” and can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
  • Coconut water contains high amounts of lauric acid, which is the compound in breast milk that aids the body in fighting infection.



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  1. Manu Arora says:

    coconut water help our bodies re-hydrate efficiently and effectively post work-out/training & even hot yoga.

  2. Sam Bond says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am Sam from Thailand

    Frist, We would like to introduce our company, Thai Coconut. It was established in 1992 is a manufacturer who (OEM) produces products from coconut (Non organic), which we transformed to various products such as coconut milk, coconut water/juice, coconut water concentrate 60 Brix, desiccated coconut and etc.

    1. Canned Coconut Milk / Cream

    2. Tetra Brik Coconut Milk

    3. Coconut Milk For Industry -Aseptic Bag

    4. Coconut Juice/ Water

    5. Pure Coconut Water

    6. Coconut Water For Industry -Aseptic Bag

    7. Coconut Milk Beverage

    8. Desiccated Coconut

    Please looking the attached file.

    The coconut milk, we have produce in various percentage of fat such as CCM 5-7%fat, 8-9%fat, 10-11%fat, 12-13%fat, 14-15%fat, 17-18%fat, 19-20%, 21-22%fat, 22-24%fat packed size 165ml, 400ml, A10 and the size 20 kg, 200 kg pack in aseptic bags and packed in Tetra brick size 250ml , 1000 ml. The minimum of printing under ” Private Brands” of the tin cans and aseptic bags is 1×20’ft, UHT 250ml and 1000ml is 5×20’ft.

    The coconut water/juice, we packed in tin cans are the size 350 ml, 520 ml and aluminum cans are the size 310 ml, 480 ml, UHT 1000 ml (Prisma shape) and we also pack in bulk packing in aseptic bag 20kg, 200kg (single strength). The minimum of printing under ” Private Brands” of the tin cans is 2×20’ft. and the aluminum cans is 5×20’ft, Aseptic bag is 1×20’ft, UHT 250ml and 1000ml is 5×20’ft.

    Term of payment : 100% T/T 7 days before loading

    If you have any questions please let me know.

    I have look forward to having you as our new customer soon.

    Any question, please let me know.

    Email: santipot@gmail.com

    Tel: +6686-999-4177

    Skype: teflsupreme

    Kind Regards



    Tel: +6686-999-4177

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    Head Office

    Supreme (TEFL & Placement), Thailand

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    Amphoe.Mueang Lopburi 15000 Thailand

  3. sharon gravance says:

    can coconut water help or hurt with candida …. I’m also gluten sensitive.

    • Coconut water is antibacterial, so it may help. I haven’t read any direct studies on it, but it may help. Coconut water is also gluten-free.

      • sharon gravance says:

        Thank you so much for responding so quick. I appreciate your oppinion. Just started drinking coconut water yesterday 8/18/13………..Sure hope it can help me……. 🙂

  4. Amber Currie says:

    I’m allergic to coconut 🙁

  5. sharon schultz says:

    While fresh young coconuts are the best, there are a lot of bottled coconut waters that are very good. My personal favorite is Taste Nirvana (in the glass bottles). I’ve tried a lot of other brands and most of them taste like raw sweet potatoes or raw yams…not a taste treat. The TN brand has a delicate taste of coconut. It’s mildly sweet and salty and so refreshing. It’s available at most larger grocery stores in the US and Canada. I read where fresh coconut water was used as a plasma substitute during WWII on a couple of small tropical islands in the Pacific. It has a pH and osmolality similar to human plasma. Quite an amazing liquid.

  6. Rowdigrl says:

    For those of us that can’t/don’t want to buy whole coconuts in order to drink the water – which bottled varieties are the best?

  7. What brand of coconut water do you buy~?  Blessings From  Elizabeth Anne~!

  8. How do you get it open without spilling it every where when you try to cut it? Are the green ones easier to cut?

  9. NaturalGumption says:

    great post Elizabeth, and I have to say your blog looks fantastic. Love It

  10. Kippy Miller says:

    The pic above is a mature organic coconut!

  11. Kippy Miller says:

    Hi there,
    I work w. organic mature coconuts each week.  The reason we choose mature is because they are certified organic from Mexico, and the water is delicious to drink and then you can eat the meat.  The young thai coconuts are flown in and are dipped in a bleaching agent or formaldehyde  because otherwise they would mold before they hit the stores.   Coconut water is great for you by providing so many electrolytes and is so hydrating.

  12. were would I find young fresh coconut

  13. Very good, thanks for the post!  

  14. Itsmarty says:

    You really need to stress to get it direct from a young fresh coconut and not a can or bottle. Also the picture of the coconut at the top of your article is misleading as that’s a mature coconut good for meat only. You really should have a green coconut so people new to this know the difference. I love coconut water but we need to educate people who complain they hate it (as they buy mature or in a can/bottle) or they claim it’s bad for you and full of fat (confusion with milk/cream)

  15. I heard it wasnt that tasty but that it was really good for you. I will give it a try. 

    • Mike Rossman says:

       Ive found the C2O brand has a really smooth taste different from others. Check them out if you find others have an aftertaste.

    • Jen says:

       The one branded “vita” something isn’t as good especially the pomegranate one, but O.N.E is very tasty. Walmart has it cheaper.

  16. Have you tried Harmless Harvest 100% Raw & Organic Coconut Water?

  17. Ariana Mejia says:

    You can get a gallon at the farmers market add a little mint and voila!! 

  18. I love @zico:twitter coconut water!

  19. my Hb(hemoglobin) was 8.7 .I started drinking coconut water daily . now I feel it is increased. so i was asking ,is it because of it.

  20. Hmmm… My last comment seems to have disappeared. Here’s some good info from Donna Gates about coconut water and candidiasis (a yeast overgrowth that wreaks havoc with the immune system).


    • Elizabeth says:

      Hello Sharon! Thanks for your comment – it looks like your previous comment was marked as spam by the commenting system – that can happen if it’s really long or contains a lot of links.  🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  21. matthewcn says:

    I am puzzled by the statement “contains high amounts lauric acid”. If coconut water is fat-free how can it contain this fatty acid in high amounts?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Ooh, good question! I’m not a food scientist but I know a few so I will ask and find out. Thanks!

  22. Hi Elizabeth. I love your site, but felt a slight red flag at the
    recommendation to drink coconut water. It’s become quite the fad, but is
    it as healthy as everyone thinks? Not if you have a yeast overgrowth,
    which many people unwittingly do. Here’s an article from Donna Gates’
    Body Ecology site that’s got some good info:

    “Young Coconut Water Goes Mainstream… But Know These Important Facts Before You Buy

    Sales of young coconut water are soaring – and mainstream marketing efforts are only going to get much bigger.

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed how
    companies are pushing young coconut water in the US, especially as it
    gains popularity among athletes, health enthusiasts, and celebrities
    such as Madonna.

    Young coconut water is the clear liquid inside young, green
    and is different from coconut milk, which is pressed from the coconut
    meat. Several coconut water brands (Zico, Vita Coco and O.N.E.) have
    products on the market. But before you go out and buy them, let’s
    examine what’s really in these beverages.

    These mainstream young coconut water drinks may NOT be as healthy as you think. In fact, regular young coconut water alone
    is not as good and you might think for enhancing athletic performance
    and boosting overall health. Here’s why:

    It’s too sweet. Young coconut water alone feeds candida and eventually takes away from athletic performance.

    It is natural, but most drinks are pasteurized, not raw.
    Many proponents of pasteurization claim that it kills harmful bacteria
    without damaging food, but pasteurized products can actually harmyour health and deprive you of beneficial enzymes and vitamins.

    Some use added sugars. Sugar tastes good, but it feeds candida, robs your energy and contributes to a whole host of health problems.

    They are not shipped frozen, which means that detrimental post-harvest treatments can affect health benefits, flavor, and overall quality.

    They are not organic. Coconuts used in the pasteurized young coconut water are not organic.

    That’s not to say none of these drinks have inherent value, but there are things you can do to make them much better.

    Fermenting Young Coconut Water To Create A Health, Youth & Beauty Elixir

    For years, Body Ecology has been teaching people to make young coconut kefir
    by cracking young green coconuts and fermenting the water inside. Young
    coconut kefir is a drink created by Body Ecology’s founder, Donna
    Gates, so that we could enjoy all of the benefits of young coconut water
    without the drawbacks…particularly, that fresh young coconut water is
    so sweet that it feeds candida and can be very aging.

    Simply adding Kefir Starter allows you to ferment the young coconut water, turning it into a fizzy drink that tastes like a dry spritzer and contains probiotics– friendly bacteria and yeast that help boost your energy, aid your digestion and improve immunity.

    By fermenting the young coconut water, you get all the benefits of young coconut kefir instead of just the water alone.”

     A company called Exotic Superfoods sells frozen coconut water. It costs
    about $10 a bottle and is perfect for fermenting or just drinking as
    is. (I don’t work for Donna Gates of Exotic Superfood, just a fellow IIN
    grad looking to spread good news!)

  23. I tried all the brands available in my local grocery store. So far, O.N.E. is my favorite brand. It’s got less sugar than most brands and a very CLEAN taste. 

  24. What is your favorite brand Elizabeth?

  25. Kelli Shanahan Tammone says:

    I probably should try a different brand as the one I tried tasted like……ugh.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Yes, try a different brand, and try adding fresh squeezed lemon or lime 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Allison Donovan says:

    Thanks for sharing about Coconut Water! We add it to our smoothies instead of almond milk, juice or water. Delicious. A little crazy to see that it can be used in place of blood. Who knew?! Thanks again!

  27. Is it useful in Hb defficiency

  28. Is it useful in Hb defficiency

  29. I have been drinking coconut water for at least a year and a half now and it is delightful and is a great drink after wworking out. My preferred brand is Zico and I like the regular natural flavor and the chocolate flavored one, I am not too keen on the fruit flavored ones. I also like coconut water because i don’t have to wrry about fat and the like. So it is worth it to  drink it everysingle day a few times a day!!!

  30. Ms. Sloan says:

    Is it worthwhile to get the water from a brown or green coconut? Is the coconut flesh just as nutritious as the water but with more fat?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi there! The water comes from the green young ones – the brown ones are “mature” and not sure if they have a lot of water in them. The flesh is just as good for you, but is really high in (good) fat so just a dab will do ya 🙂

  31. Steven Terry says:

    does LaCroix sparling coconut water have the same benefit, or is it simply flavored?

    • Elizabeth says:

      I’m not familiar with it, but they have to add sodium to it to carbonate it so just limit the amount you drink. Read the label – it should only say coconut water. Thanks!

      • David Evartt says:

        They don’t have to add sodium to carbonate it, but adding sodium does make you want to drink more of it. (hint, hint)

  32. Natasha Hurst says:

    Happy to hear the benefits, as I love coconut water!

  33. Suzanne Joffrion says:

    I didn’t know all these benefits, so thanks for sharing!

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