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Coconut water is often hyped as a health drink – a good source of vitamins and a superior way to rehydrate. But is it true? The Conversation asked five experts to share their views.

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In recent years coconut water has left the palm-treed shores of tropical islands where tourists on lounge chairs stick straws straight into the fruit, and exploded onto supermarket shelves – helped along by beverage giants such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

Marketed as a natural health drink, brands spout various health claims promoting coconut water. So before we drank the Kool-Aid, we thought we’d check in with the experts whether the nutritional claims stack up. Is coconut water part of a healthy diet or we should just stick to good old water from the tap?

We asked five experts if coconut water is good for you.

Four out of five experts said no

Here are their detailed responses:

 

Alexandra Hansen is chief of staff at The Conversation. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence – read the original article here.

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