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Interesting Information: “Is it Really Coconut Water?”

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Interesting Information:  November 18, 2013

“Is it Really Coconut Water?”

Bruce Fife, N.D., asks and answers this question in the July/August issue of Well Being Journal (13-16).

First, a definition:  coconut water is the water inside a coconut that pours out of the center when you open the coconut.

Secondly, real coconut water has amazing healing properties and is used in the tropics to fight dehydration and heat stroke.  Fife writes that “recent research suggests that it may also be useful in treating or preventing cancer, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart failure, stroke, glaucoma, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and Chron’s disease.”

Coconut water works at the cellular level to “extend the youth of cells.”  So,  yes, it might have some anti-aging properties.  And it works better to preserve transplant organs than the chemicals industry was using.

Thus, the market has picked up on coconut water and is presenting us with choices.

ONLY–and you know what’s coming now–most of what’s sold is NOT a product that will offer you anything but calories and sugars.

The GOOD NEWS is that there are some really good ones, and I’ll list those in a minute.  First, understand that the problem is that coconut water is harvested in the tropics and needs to come from young coconuts that haven’t aged unduly by long shipping times.  And, as Fife writes, “once the coconut is opened and the water extracted, it beings to ferment and the taste and smell rapidly changes.”  Thus, industry uses high-temperature/short-time pasteurization…which destroys some of the coconut water’s nutrients and much of its flavor.”  Additionally, some companies make a concentrate by boiling the coconut water down.  Of course that kills all the “good.”  And some companies attempt to dry the water into a powder that you reconstitute.

If the coconut water you’re looking at has been bottled or packaged somewhere where coconuts don’t grow, it’s reconstituted from a concentrate and likely has added sugars for flavor.  And the usual suspect preservatives.

Powdered coconut where you add the water is…useless.  Don’t even go there.


What you want to look for is coconut water that has been frozen on the spot and remains frozen until you thaw it or it’s put into a store’s refrigerated section.  Fife lists the best brand as HARMLESS HARVEST, sold at Whole Foods.  This product is completely raw and is not heat pasteurized.  (Guess where I’m stopping on my next trip to Portland, Maine.)

Exotic Superfoods (www.exoticsuperfoods.com) also freezes coconut water on the spot and can ship to you frozen.  I have no idea what it costs.

Any and Brian’s coconut water is listed by Fife as being solid.

Noelani Coconut Water and Beverage Company imports whole young coconuts from the Caribbean within two weeks, but they only service Connecticult, New York City, and northern New Jersey at the moment.

I hope this helps you discern how to buy this product and not to waste your money or spoil your health on a high-sugar highly-processed product.

Written by louisaenright

November 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm