Before you dive into the coconut water hype, here are the facts. By Claire Ang
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Known as a health drink, coconut water has been gaining in popularity. Even Hollywood celebrities such as Madonna, Rihanna and Chris Pine seem to love it.
Coconut water can’t make you instantly healthier, and it definitely can’t replace water. Water has zero calories, while coconut water has about 45 calories a cup. However, they do have their benefits. Just drink it in moderation, and choose the natural ones with no added flavouring or sugar. (Water should still be your main liquid!)
Packed with potassium and electrolytes, coconut water makes a great workout drink. It replenishes and hydrates if not more, as effectively as a sports drink, and they contain way less sugar.
This drink also helps if you’re having a stomach upset. It helps to soothe your tummy, and if you’re having diarrhoea, it replenishes the fluid you’ve lost too.
Having a hangover? Coconut water can help as well. Alcohol dehydrates the body, and coconut water will help to replenish the fluids your body has lost.
So while coconut water does have its benefits, it’s best to stick to water if you’re trying to lose the extra weight.