Coconut, the tropical fruit that we've all gone nuts for. Low calorie and full of vitamins and minerals, what’s not to like?
Coconuts are undergoing a huge renaissance of late mainly due to the hydrating properties of coconut water. It’s quickly gone from being a staple of Bikram Yoga students who have sworn by the stuff for years, to an increasingly popular and mainstream post-workout rehydration drink that is touted as being a better alternative than water.
What is coconut?
Hawaiians call coconut water “noelani” which literally means “dew from the heavens”. This watery liquid inside unripe green coconuts is packed with vitamins and minerals. Coconut water powder condenses the vitamins and minerals into powder form by dehydrating the coconut water. It can be made back into richer, sweeter coconut water by mixing it with water or milk.
The health benefits of coconut
Coconut water is full of health benefits. Not only is it low in calories and naturally cholesterol and fat free, but it also contains more potassium than four bananas and hydrates naturally, replenishing important electrolytes that are lost through exercise when you sweat.
Coconut water powder is one of the ingredients in The Fit Protein. Recommended for those doing a lot of aerobic exercise, Bikram Yoga or sweating it out in a sauna.
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