The Benefits of Coconut Water

ZICO Original bottle

The lovely folks over at ZICO have spoiled me lately (thanks, ZICO!). They sent me samples of their three flavours of coconut water: ZICO Original, ZICO Latté, and ZICO Chocolate. Do you know the amazing benefits of coconut water? Before I tell you about ZICO‘s lineup of flavours, let me tell you how this naturally delicious hydrating beverage can work for you.

Coconut water is a great alternative to other hydrating beverages – the ones that rhyme with “ayd”. It’s a natural product that contains some essential electrolytes that contribute to your health. Coconut water is a natural source of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Because those electrolytes occur naturally, they are highly bioavailable; that means your body can absorb and use them easily.

Sodium: Ever find yourself covered in a salty sweat when working out, particularly in very hot weather? You need to replace that sodium to stay hydrated and avoid hyponatremia. You can get this sodium in coconut water.

Potassium: Are you always eating bananas for your potassium? Why not have a ZICO for a change? It has as much potassium as a banana. This electrolyte is important to get your muscles contracting properly. Potassium also helps you avoid muscle cramping.

Calcium: Now you’ve probably heard my rant about people over-supplementing calcium, but it IS still an important part of your diet. You will get a little bit of calcium naturally in coconut water, so drink up!

Magnesium: Most people are magnesium deficient and can benefit from having more of it. ZICO contains 10% – 15% of your daily magnesium intake. If you’re prone to muscle cramping, this is a particularly important electrolyte for you to replenish!

Now I was already familiar with ZICO‘s Original flavour when I was sent the samples. This was already my go-to coconut water when I need to get hydrated quickly, like under the hot summer sun, when doing endurance exercise, while I was pregnant, and while I am nursing. Fun fact: I brought ZICO Original to the Birth Centre to keep me hydrated in labour.

ZICO‘s Original flavour is what I call “plain coconut water”, and it’s definitely delicious. I’ve tried other brands, and many of them have had a disappointing taste or a strange texture. ZICO delivers every time.

The two new flavours of coconut water I got to sample were like dessert in a bottle! So delicious. ZICO Chocolate tastes very rich and is the perfect end-of-day treat. And it’s much more healthy than chocolate milk if you’re having it after a long run. ZICO Latté is perfect for people who love their coffee and coconut water together; it does indeed have a little caffeine! And it has much less sugar than most pre-bottled coffee beverages.

Like the Original flavour, these are best served cold. Definitely shake them well before drinking, particularly the Chocolate. Only one word of caution: if you’re carb-watching and keeping to the Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve, you won’t want to make these a daily treat unless the rest of your nutrition is dialled in perfectly. As usual, read the nutrition labels and make the decisions that are best for you and your goals.

Have you tried coconut water? Let me know in the comments below! In the mean time, I’ve got a nice video for your entertainment…

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 13, 2014 at 08:10 | Permalink

    Am interested in trying this but have always avoided coconut as there are usually preservatives that I am allergic to. Are there any preservatives listed?
    Jacqui recently posted..Back to School….yet again!

    • Natalie
      Posted January 13, 2014 at 09:51 | Permalink

      Hi Jacqui! The ZICO Original ingredients are: Coconut water from concentrate, natural flavours. The Latté and Chocolate both have carrageenan listed as an emulsifier, which I understand is a substance that come from seaweed and are commonly used in the food industry for its thickening, and stabilizing properties.

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