Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
We ended up talking about potassium and she asked me if I had ever bought coconut water. “You mean coconut milk for pina coladas?” I asked. No. Coconut water.
It immediately reminded me of the time my Grandma in Tennessee bought a coconut. I was about ten years old and we spent quite some time trying to figure out how to crack it, laughing and being silly the whole time. Eventually, and miraculously without injury to either of us, she managed to split it with a knife, causing the coconut water to trickle out. We caught it in a teacup and tentatively gave it a sip….light and refreshing without being overly sweet. And the texture of the fresh coconut was so different from the previous shredded-coconut-in-a-bag experiences of my youth.
While in Brazil with AD last February we noted the abundance of street vendors selling fresh coconuts. They would chop off the top with an enormous knife, make a hole and stick a straw in. We were at the beach at Ipanema and it was 100 degrees. It’s amazing that people are naturally drawn to foods and drinks that they need to survive, literally. Sweating depletes the body’s potassium and coconut water has the highest levels of potassium found in any food or drink.
I bought a single serving a few months ago at Whole Foods at my Mom’s suggestion. It is just what it sounds like, water with a hint of coconut. I don’t love it. There are other flavors too, like mango or papaya but I haven’t tried those yet. Then, just last week, BB gave me the container of Vita Coco pictured above. I drank it Sunday night as part of my weekend recovery program.
Coconut water is the latest health drink fad, second only to acai, which is ironically also Brazil’s favorite snack (those people are smart, right?). With just 60 calories in each 11.2 ounce serving (from the 15 grams of naturally occurring sugar) and a whopping 680 milligrams of potassium, it’s a great way to replenish and rehydrate after a workout or night out….whatever the case may be!