Fun fact about me, I am fucking obsessed with coconut, but only for about 4 months of the years (the rest of the time I’m obsessed with Pumpkin). Raw coconut water (not to be confused with the stuff int he cardboard pourable containers) is one of my new favorite beverages. Facts below taken from Health is Wealth:
- Coconut water was used as a “universal donor”, making it identical to human blood plasma. It was used in the Pacific War to save thousands of lives through Coconut IV’s, and emergency plasma transfusions.
- Quick energy boost: Abundant in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, Coconut Water makes a wonderful energy drink. In particular, coconut water has less sugar and sodium content compared to most sports drinks, while packing more Potassium, Calcium, and Chloride, which makes it a better choice to rehydrate, replenish and boost the body’s energy levels after any strenuous activity or workout.
- Dehydration: Rich in Potassium and other minerals, Coconut Water helps to regulate our internal fluids and replenish and rehydrate the body. It has been used to treat dehydration caused by dysentery, cholera, diarrhea and stomach flu, and the electrolyte balance and plasma in coconut water has been found to be similar to that of human blood. Therefore, drinking one cup of Coconut Water twice daily during digestive tract abnormalities, hot temperatures, and after strenuous workouts can help rehydrate the body quickly.
That being said, getting into a coconut, even a young one is a fucking bitch. I ended up using a mallet and a steak knife. Not the most effective way to get to the middle as little bits of shell ended up floating in the water. I think in the future I will stick with my bottle of Harmless Harvest. But drinking right out of the fruit does have its visual benefits.