Coconut water is one of the most natural and refreshing drinks on the planet. It’s packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes that will help to replace what your body loses after a workout. Coconut water also contains high levels of potassium which helps regulate blood pressure.
Fun fact? It CAN turn pink! But don't worry, there is a reason why this drink changes color, and it has nothing to do with the drink being spoiled.
In this post, we'll learn more about this natural process and the way coconut water can benefit your workouts instead of reaching for a conventional sports recovery drink loaded with artificial flavors and sugars.
What is Coconut Water?
Coconut water is the clear liquid that comes from inside young, green coconuts. It's one of those drinks that’s been around for centuries, and it has people all over the world clamoring for more.
Coconut water comprises a few natural ingredients, including potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, and fluoride. Coconut water is also low in calories to help with weight loss. Plus, because it contains a high amount of antioxidants, coconut water can help to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
In the interior of coconut, you'll find a pulp and a liquid. The liquid is what we usually refer to as 'coconut water.' The other pulp is what we usually refer to as 'coconuts.’ They're used in different cultures for cooking and baking, but they're also used to create skincare products like soaps, detergents, paints, and oils.
The Mystery of the Pink Color
Why Does Coconut Water Turn Pink?
The water in a fresh Coconut will look transparent at first, but it will start to turn to a pink hue over time. The coconut is a unique fruit because of the presence of polyphenol oxidase (PPO).
The enzyme contains four atoms of copper and space for oxygen to bind with it, which causes it to change color. When PPO is exposed to oxygen, it starts changing into another form that will turn the coconut water pink. The type of coconuts being used also can affect the color.
There is nothing wrong with coconut water turning pink. And because we take pride in offering the best possible product, our coconut water comes from young Nam Hom Coconuts in Thailand. It is clear when it’s bottled and then naturally turns pink due to natural variations in the antioxidant levels.
We know that many of you love our delicious coconut water because it’s refreshing and satisfying and helps with fitness goals. However, don't be alarmed if this week you receive pink coconut water in your order. That's why we want to make sure you know there is a reason behind the color pink! It's all-natural.
Why is Coconut Water Beneficial for Your Workouts?
Many athletes use sports drinks after an intense workout because they contain carbohydrates and electrolytes to help you rehydrate your body quicker than just drinking water alone.
Coconut water is one of the most natural sources of electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, and sodium.
If you don't know what electrolytes are, they are simply ionic minerals (elements) that carry an electric charge when dissolved in body fluids.
They help regulate the amount of fluid in the body, keeping your blood chemistry within a very narrow range so that all cell membranes can function normally. Cells rely on many different enzymes to do their work, and each enzyme requires a specific concentration or pH level to work effectively.
The majority of us get way too much salt from processed foods which makes our kidneys overwork because they have to deal with loads more than they should.
So by drinking coconut water, you replenish those electrolytes lost from sweating, and you're allowing your body to maintain a good pH balance.
What about the sugar in coconut water?
Well, it is a natural fruit sugar that our bodies actually break down very quickly. It has the great benefit of not upsetting blood sugars like most other energy drinks, or sports supplements do. It contains no artificial colors or preservatives either and tastes great, especially when served cold.
Ways coconut water benefits your workout:
- Replenishes electrolytes that get lost during exercise, keeping muscles hydrated and strong
- Quickly helps the body recover after workouts by speeding up protein synthesis (building muscle) and boosting immune function (great if you train hard often)
- Hydrates the body, which can also allow you to burn more fat during your workouts by increasing muscle efficiency
- Great for rehydrating after practicing hot yoga or Bikram because it contains good electrolytes without adding sugar.
- Perfect for a low-calorie sports drink for those who want to avoid artificial ingredients.
- Helps with the body's fluid balance and can prevent cramping and heat illness.
So next time, go grab cold coconut water before or after your workout. It will help make your workout the best it can be and save you money in the long term from not having to buy sports drinks all the time. Also, instead of sugary fruit juices, opt for this natural juice with many health benefits loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!
So, there you have it.
When a coconut water product changes color after opening, the natural chemical PPO is to blame for this change and not something wrong with the product itself
We hope this information helped clear up any misconceptions regarding our products, and we encourage you to try one of our energy-packed beverages today!
We sell our coconut water in single bottles or bundles of 7 for you to enjoy and we hope that you will relish it as much as we do!
Exactly like the coconut water back home.
“I am from south-east Asia and this is the most authentic coconut water taste I have had here in London. 100% recommend!”
Please note: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice
This article was contributed by Sarra Turki