Millie Padula - Accredited Practising Dietitian
What makes coconut water #rawsome?
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutritionist and Founder of Dietitian Edition dietitianedition.com, Millie Padula, takes a closer look at the benefits of our fave coconut water.
From its natural hydrating properties to its abundant micronutrient profile and deliciously refreshing taste, there are many great reasons to include coconut water in a healthy, balanced diet.
Coconut water is the clear fluid found inside young green coconuts. Despite coconut being a source of fat, coconut water itself contains absolutely no fat which means the energy density (measured in calories or kilojoules) is incredibly low and makes for the perfect addition to a nutritious diet.
When you take a look at the micronutrient profile of coconut water, it’s no surprise that it’s commonly referred to as ‘mother nature’s sports drink’! Coconut water naturally contains minerals and electrolytes including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, all of which play a key role in keeping our bodies hydrated and refuelled. In fact, just one cup of Raw C coconut water contains 25% of your daily phosphorus requirements. Phosphorus works closely alongside calcium in the body to strengthen your teeth and bones and is an important part of how effectively your heart and kidneys are able to function.
When you’re choosing a coconut water, it goes without saying that you want to opt for the freshest varieties that have been bottled in their most natural form. This will ensure they are free from added sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and additives. Yes, this means the only ingredient should be coconut water – it’s as simple as that!
Coconut water is the perfect refreshing beverage when enjoyed on its own. It is also a much healthier alternative to most commercially produced sports drinks because it contains no added sugar or synthetic vitamins and minerals which makes it a more wholesome and natural drink to fuel your active lifestyle.
Coconut water also blends a treat in smoothies and smoothie bowls and can be used as an additional ingredient in mocktails too. I love blending coconut water with fresh pineapple and lime for an extra hit of Vitamin C, alongside a few mint leaves. It’s an instant thirst quencher and sends some serious tropical island vibes!