It had been some time since I’d had water from a young green coconut — perhaps a trip to Thailand or something. There, street vendors will chop ’em open for you, insert a straw and you’re off. After finishing the water you can scoop out the coconut jelly from the insides of the green coconut.
A couple of months back I was on a camping trip with the family and had intended to make some primal biscuits & gravy as my contribution for breakfast. There was a local health food market so I headed down in the morning. Then after getting my country sausage at the butcher counter I asked the girl where the coconut milk was located. She pointed me over to an isle and when I got there, noticed it was a cooler isle with beverages.
She’d thought I meant coconut water and to my pleasant surprise — being a health food market — they had several brands of the stuff, either in the cans or the boxes.
So I grabbed myself a can (being on a camping trip and having a few drinks the night before…) and chugged it down on the way back to camp. Wow! I immediately felt refreshed and energized.
Of course, I had checked the carb load before the purchase and to my mind it’s quite sane. Now I wouldn’t advocate overdoing it but on a typical day I’ll have one with a meal. I’m pretty big on not ingesting any calories except in conjunction with a meal, so that’s what I do, or I enjoy it as a "dessert" of sorts immediately after.
In all it’s about 1.25g of carbs per ounce, so 14g for the 11.2oz boxes. That’s pretty sane, if you ask me. As to the health benefits, it looks pretty good. Primarily we’re talking about quite a bit of potassium, but also four other essential electrolytes: magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous.
And…it’s fat & cholesterol free! …But you don’t care about that.
According to several sources I checked, it’s a "natural isotonic beverage," containing similar levels of electrolytes as those found in human blood. Interestingly, it can apparently be used as a blood plasma substitute in a pinch. It’s sterile, which raises the obvious question of why the hell all of the coconut water products seem to be pasteurized.
Goddamn Louis all to hell! (tongue-in-cheek alert)
This page lists a number of other health claims, most of which I’m skeptical about, but perhaps there’s some justification for some of them and I’d appreciate anyone with valid info either way to chime in. I’m just very satisfied to have a natural beverage with just a bit of sweet and carb energy that tastes delicious — especially chilled — and has some decent nutrition to boot. Why does it need to be a "miracle beverage?"
And, why in hell would anyone want to drink Gatorade, Powerade, or any other such sugar-water swill?
Anyone have any creative uses for it — such as in recipes — beyond just drinking it? I’ve come up with one, which is to use it in place of water to mix a meal replacement shake. Goes well with no/low-carb whey protein, chocolate or vanilla flavors; but I much prefer the vanilla. Whey To Go Protein Powder is a brand I particularly like.