What You Need To Know About Coconut Water

July 26, 2011

What You Need To Know About Coconut Water

Coconut water is all the rage now, but what exactly is it? SheSaid asks leading nutritional Lola Berry about the health and weight loss benefits of coconut water.

1. How can coconut water help with losing weight?

Coconut water has a thermogenic effect on the body, this means it helps to speed up our metabolism. Our metabolism controls how fast we burn up calories (aka kilojoules), so the faster your metabolic rate is, the more energy you’ll burn resulting in weight loss.

2. How much coconut water is recommended every day?

I personally drink about 250ml of cocobella daily (my favourite brand!), sometimes more if I’ve done lots of exercise, esp Bikram yoga! But for the regular person wanting to gain the health benefits, aim for 150ml per day and up it if you need more hydration (like in the summer or after a personal training session!).

3. Are the benefits of coconut water also found in other coconut products, like fresh coconut or coconut milk?

-Coconut water doesn’t contain fat, so people often prefer to consume that on a daily basis as opposed to the milk. The water contains a nice hit of electrolytes which the body needs straight after exercise. Both the milk and oil contain health benefits, so it’s a great idea to include a variety of coconut products into your eating plan.

4. What is your favourite way to serve coconut water?

I love drinking coconut water straight up! But some people find that flavour a bit full on so it’s also really nice when you mix it with fruit juices. Cocobella coconut water comes in 3 fruit juice blends – pineapple, mango and pink guava – and so is perfect for those who aren’t totally into pure coconut water, but still want to get the health benefits. I sometimes add pomegranate juice and mix through a few fresh pomegranate seeds for a quirky twist and added antioxidant boost!

5. What are the other health benefits of coconut water?

The health benefits of coconut water are pretty impressive – it’s high in natural electrolytes so it’s the perfect post exercise sports drink. It’s also linked to increasing our metabolic rate, thus, helping us to achieve weight loss goals. Plus, it contains this stuff called lauric acids which helps to balance our gut flora, so helps promote healthy digestive function and boosts the immune system! So as you can see, coconut water is pretty awesome!

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