On the Dr. Oz show, coconut water brands were tested for efficacy and only 1 out of 3 brands proved worthy. Dr. Oz said, “Coconut water is used to rev up metabolism and is filled with vitamins, amino acids, and electrolytes.  If using for rehydration, only 1 in 3 have the electrolytes they advertise. O.N.E. brand had only 18% of their electrolytes (sodium and potassium).  Vita Coco didn’t hit the mark either—it only had 60 percent of electrolytes.  One brand that came up with positive marks: Zico. But I went all out and got this amazing REAL coconut with a straw sticking  right into the middle of it  and had probably the most refreshing drink I have EVER had. It cost a little under four dollars and not only did it give me a great drink and energy boost, but I had hubby smash it open after I drank it all, and I used the coconut meat inside in my weekly smoothies. I purchased the one pictured above at whole foods. Here are other health benefits of coconut water: It naturally has electrolytes; sodium, potassium, and magnesium, which helps replenish the body and fulfill hydration. Some call it ‘Nature’s Gatorade’ ” In a study done by ANewDayANewMe.com , With both products lined up for comparison, They  found that coconut water came out over the top compared to Gatorade for nutrient value! Coconut water excelled over Gatorade in amounts of fiber, riboflavin, choline, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.

So go coconuts this Summer…just check calories and nutrients first or do what I did and get a real coconut at Whole Foods or wherever sold!



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