Saturday, October 26, 2013

Coconut Water & Sugar Content

The new "it" drink that celebs and us mere mortals alike have been consuming since we witnessed Rihanna grasping a bottle in her hand. (She does Cary the carton very well!!!!)
I see it as a new fashion item, quite like carrying a Starbucks cup down the street. Its not really about how it tastes, as Starbucks coffee has a bitter, nearly burnt taste from it. I tasted coconut water. I couldn't finish it. It doesn't taste very good at all. Taste aside, it boasts such nutritional advantages like;

"Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating - these are just a few of the many benefits ascribed to America’s latest health craze: coconut water."

Now! I have a problem with this drink. Sugar content. The sugar content ranges from 6 grams to 11 grams of sugar per 100ml of Coconut water. To put that into perspective, Coke has 11 grams of sugar per 100ml. It's not really such a healthy drink now is it? 
What annoys me is that people talk about fatty foods like avocados or real butter. When you look at the rate of obesity years ago when people had a diet of fattier foods, to today's food items with "Fat Free" or "Reduced Fat" and compare the rates of obesity and diabetes, you will find that people nowadays are more obese, and type 2 diabetes is increasing at a stupid rate. My thinking is it is down to the more refined, convenient foods, packed with sugar. What do we do with the sugar we don't use up? Our liver and adipose cells absorb it for storage by converting it to fatty acid. Basically it turns us fat!! 

So don't be fooled by these great health drinks that makes us believe they are really healthy. Read the nutritional value on products and become aware of ingredients. 

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