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It’s All About the Coconut

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When I found out that I was going to Brazil this summer to cover a few stories, there was one thing I knew that I simply HAD to do.

This: Fresh coconut. Cut open right in front of me with a big ole knife. Sipped straight out of the coconut shell. Beach side. I don’t demand much – but I demand coconuts.

Chocked full of electrolytes, coconuts are nature’s Gatorade. So after a full day of shooting outside in the hot sun – I pretty much had to have one two. It was for my health.

Coconuts are also big business. Sales of coconut water doubled in the U.S. and Europe between 2011 and 2012. And now, stars like Rihanna and Madonna have attached their faces to the coconut water craze. Pretty soon, the entire world will implode with coconutty craziness. These are scientific facts.

A few more Coconut Facts for ya:

- Coconut water comes from young coconuts (under 9 months) when they are super fresh and still green (not those hairy, brown ones you sometimes see.)

- Coconut water contains two minerals that help balance fluids in the body, sodium and potassium (like the electrolytes like you find in sports drinks.)

- Coconut water has been around for more than 4000 years – and it’s been used as a source of nutrition that whole time.

- Coconut water is not coconut milk. The water is the fluid that’s found in the middle of the coconut when you crack it open. The milk is made from grinding the coconut meat (that white stuff on the inside) and pressing it into a liquid.

And don’t worry – this whole blog isn’t just a tease, because thanks to the drink’s growing popularity you can now indulge your coconut habit in the grocery store! Boxed versions are in a whole lot of stores across the country (just make sure to do a quick label check to avoid any brands that add in lots of chemicals or extra sugar!)

You’re up: Have you tried coconut water yet?

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