What are the benefits of coconut water?

"When I look at coconut water, the biggest benefit is coming from the fact that it's a high or nice source of potassium
 Diet & Fitness 
August 07, 2017 | 03:09 pm / iStock.com
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Some people love the taste, and some hate it. But there is no debate that coconut water has boomed in popularity over the past decade.

Coconut water is a liquid that is drained from the center of coconuts and then packaged and sold in stores. Some companies add fruit juice or coffee to it. So what is the truth about this trendy beverage, often marketed for its hydrating benefits and praised as a hangover cure? Let's take a look at what the experts had to say. Is it more hydrating than water or a sports drink? The research says no. Two studies showed that coconut water on its own provided a minimal difference in hydration in humans, compared with water and sports drinks.

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Lisa Drayer, a registered dietitian, agrees with the research. But she said it's important to consider that the first study was funded by VitaCoco, a coconut water brand, so it was in the best interest of the company.

Also, although this study showed that some participants experienced bloating and an upset stomach from the beverage, the other study'sparticipants did not have these side effects. If there are negative effects, it's probably on an individual basis, Drayer said.
"My advice would be to try coconut water before you use it for exercise," she said.
In terms of helping with hangovers, Drayer said, there is no valuable research that suggests it is any more beneficial than drinking water.

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