When I was a kid, we never had to buy coconut or coconut water as my late grandfather had a farm and we could have all the coconut water we wanted. The tenants’ sons so expertly climbed the tree and got us young coconuts which they then as expertly cracked open with the blunt edge of a bolo.
Those were the days.
Now we have to buy young coconuts for the water. I’ve only tried the coconut water sold in stores once, and that was it. It didn’t taste like coconut water at all. Luckily for me, I come from a country where it’s in abundance so it’s pretty inexpensive. I was quite surprised to find the price of one here in Jimei is 15RMB (2.15 USD). For that price back home, it’s served in a restaurant and you don’t have to open it yourself! Lol.
Coconut water is supposedly rich in potassium, richer than bananas even. It is also low in calories and free of fat and cholesterol.
I had kidney stones as a kid, so my mother often encouraged me to drink more coconut water. Back then I didn’t know why but having read about it more, coconut water is supposed to help dissolve kidney stones because of its richness in potassium which helps prevent formation of kidney stones.
I honestly think it helped me back then, especially as I don’t remember taking medicines for my kidney problem.
However a few articles online also said that if you have chronic kidney disease, you should limit your potassium intake which means coconut water may not be best for you.
Like most “findings” these days, it’s hard to determine which one’s right or wrong. One day “experts” say something is good for you; later, another group of “experts” say it’s bad for you.
I guess the best advice is: moderation.
But one thing I can assure you: fresh coconut water is healthier and more refreshing than an ice-cold soda!