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Coconut water


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Benefits and choices

Coconut water has become a popular natural replacement for sports drinks. It's refreshing and a great source of electrolytes such as potassium. It's also rich in enzymes, minerals, and B vitamins.

Coconut water is the pure liquid from the inside of a young coconut. This is not to be confused with coconut milk, which is a blend of coconut meat and water.

The best source of coconut water is a fresh, young coconut. If you have Asian markets in your area, they are often a great place to find young Thai coconuts at a reasonable price. But for those don't have easy access to fresh coconuts, what are your options?

This video looks at some different coconut waters and how to choose fresh coconuts.