“Brother bought a coconut; he bought it for a dime.
His sister had another one; she paid it for a lime.
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up.
She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up.
And said, “Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?
Now let me get this straight “, she put the lime in the coconut…”
Remember this fun song from the ‘70s by Harry Nillson?
In recent years, coconut water has been marketed as a natural energy or sports drink due to its high potassium content, no fat, very low amounts of carbohydrates, calories, and sodium content. Research reveals, Merrill Lynch noting that within five years, the U.S. coconut water industry went from zero to $35 million.
Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled. It has been generally offered by doctors to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract. It also reduces the need for intravenous therapy.
Coconut water is the juice in the interior of a young coconut. It is obtained by opening a tender, green, healthy, and undamaged coconut. Mostly, young and slightly immature nuts are harvested when they are about 5-7 months of age for drinking purposes. This liquid is also a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. Coconuts for drinking are carefully packaged and sold in many places. These are typically Asian coconuts whose outer green husk has been removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic. Throughout the tropics they can be found sold by street vendors, often cut in front of customers to ensure the coconut water’s freshness.
Despite a very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some fruits like oranges. Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins. These vitamins are essential, as the body requires them from external sources to replenish. As a natural product, the nutrients found in a particular coconut depend on a number of environmental factors such as the variety, season, the year, the soil, and the weather.
People want to hydrate, because when you sweat, you lose a lot more sodium than potassium. They want to be healthy, but they also want something that tastes good. Coconut water can also be used as a fantastic ingredient for healthy smoothies, and can be given as an alternative to water or juice for mixing with protein powders. Most people, however, don’t exercise heavily enough to need a sports recovery drink. Water is just fine. However, the added nutrients and vitamins will instill a sense of well-being in a health conscious person.
One of the leading distributors of Coconut water is O.N.E. drinks. Their representatives swear by it, and are cheerfully explaining to me all of the above detailed information. The wonderful generosity of O.N.E. drinks is shown in the variety of charitable events they support; donating much product to organizations like AIDS Walk (nationwide), Habitat for Humanity, The Brazil Foundation, Autism Speaks, The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Fight Me For Life, Midnight Mission, Dress for Success, and many more. “I can keep going!” says a spokesperson for the company, “We’re founded on the idea of giving back, so it’s the focus of ALL that we do.”
The slideshow features runners of a 26.2 mile marathon at the Arizona Rock n Roll Marathon Expo – getting hydrated with O.N.E. coconut water before they ran the next day.
Public Relations/Special Events Manager/O.N.E. Coconut Water