Coconut water is the hot new health drink
but opinion is divided as to whether it’s the
wonder beverage many claim it to be.
Some health experts believe coconut water - the clear liquid inside a young coconut - to be a nutritional goldmine. Not to be confused with coconut milk, the fattier, pulped coconut meat, pure coconut water is widely available fresh from health food outlets. The Jamaicans use it as a heart tonic and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation says it's full of natural electrolytes.
Deemed a healthy alternative to sugar- and kilojoule-packed soft drinks and juices, pure coconut water is a natural beverage with no artificial additives or sweeteners. It also boasts zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid and B-group vitamins.