MEDICAL MOMENT: COCONUT WATER VERSUS PLAIN?

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Dr. Kent Gaylord, Board Certified in Family Practice

Dr. Kent Gaylord, Board Certified in Family Practice

Dr. Kent Gaylord answers this week’s question:

IS COCONUT WATER BETTER THAN PLAIN?”

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Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, but in recent years coconut water has been marketed as a natural energy or sports drink.  U.S. coconut water sales doubled in 2011, and will reach an estimated $110 million in sales this year.

Is coconut water significantly better than plain old water?  My feeling is no. Although coconut water is relatively high in potassium, people do not need to drink coconut water to stay healthy. Most fruits and vegetables contain plenty of potassium, and in addition, fruits and vegetables also contain fiber and other vitamins and minerals.

Unless you love the taste of coconut water and can afford its high price, my advice is to drink plain old water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.  Coconut water has been cleverly marketed, but it’s no miracle drink.

Editor’s note: The Telluride Medical Center is the only 24-hour emergency facility within 65 miles. You can choose your own medical provider visit with a specialist or take advantage of their Mountain Skin Care services. As a mountain town in a challenging, remote environment, a thriving medical center is vital to our community’s health. For more Medical Moments on TIO, Click Here.


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