Thursday, February 26, 2009

Looking for a healthier option to Gatorade?

Try Coconut Water! This fabulous beverage is amazing in its health profile. While gatorade and powerade type beverages are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, dyes and other dangerous chemicals, coconut water is natures perfect electrolyte replacer! While on our month long trip in Mexico last year, we had the privilege of drinking coconut water daily. The photo shows my husband Tony with a local, enjoying a lesson on proper coconut opening. This man is 84 years old and was as spry and agile as his younger relatives! On one of our trips into town, Tony bought a machete and ever day thereafter he would trek along the beach grabbing coconut bunches and bringing them back to our casa. Even Petey our Chihuahua enjoyed the fun playing with the husk and munching a bit of coconut in the sun.

When the kids are done with their exhausting sports activities, surprise them with this sweet naturally beneficial beverage!

Here is some information about Coconut Water:
"It's a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It's the fluid of life, so to speak." In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water - siphoned directly from the nut - to give emergency plasma trasfusions to wounded soldiers.
Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas - once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics, and begins to ferment.

Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk - Less fat and NO cholesterol!

Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice - Much lower calories

Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother's milk

Coconut water is naturally sterile -- Water permeates though the filtering husk!

Coconut water is a universal donor-- It's identical to human blood plasma

Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage - The same level we have in our blood.

Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.

"Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue... and is the next wave of energy drinks but it's natural!", according to Mortin Satin, Chielf of the United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organization.

Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks.

Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg!

Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars.

Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

Data is based on a 100ml drink.

You can purchase coconut water processed in your health food store, or purchase a whole young coconut at your favorite Asian or specialty market, grab a machete and some straws and drink up! The best coconuts for water are your younger coconuts. There are different stages so be sure to shake it so you can hear the "water".

More on the benefits of coconut to come!


Tiffany said...

My hubby loves to drink coconut water out of the can. How does this compare? I wish I had a can on hand to look at, but I don't.

Misty Humphrey said...

Hi Tiffany
Just make sure there are no added sugars. Unfortunately, there are some that contain added sugars. ONE brand is a favorite of mine. Ultimately, the fresh coconut is best but we don't always have access to a machete and straw! LOL!