A recent article in The Age explored the top ten superfoods. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve examined each of the claims and adding a few of my own. Which ones will live up to the hype?
The claim: The experts in the Fairfax article are in agreement that coconut water is “not much better than just water”. Elsewhere in the world other experts claim it’s the perfect isotonic drink.
The evidence: The nutrition data analysis shows it’s a good source of potassium and other nutrients but also quite high in sodium and natural sugars.
Value for money: Small bottles and tetrapaks of coconut water are usually more expensive than the same quantity of fruit juice.
Verdict: I love drinking a freshly picked young coconut to cool me down when holidaying in Asia. It’s refreshing and certainly feels like it’s rehydrating. The imported green coconuts often taste stale to me, so the real deal straight off the tree is a real treat, with the bonus of no packaging. But some of the products available in Australia have a few additives, including more sugar* or juice. Best left as a treat to help you acclimatize on hot and sticky foreign holidays.
Pure water is a better ‘superfood”
*additives in coconut products aren’t just limited to coconut water. Check the ingredients of coconut milk and cream before you buy them next time. The majority are not the pure product.