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March 3, 2011 / amyjmcintosh

Coconut water

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I made a new discovery recently whilst nursing the hangover from hell. It’s called young coconut water and it happens to work wonders for hangovers. Not only that, but it tastes divine and it’s good for you! Who needs a Berocca when you can sip on some coconut water and pretend you’re on a tropical island in Fiji?!

My friend, Yvette, who happens to know everything there is to know about the topic of health, tells me that during the war they used to hook up young green coconuts as a direct intravenous drip into soldier’s arms when they were out of medical saline. It’s an identical make up to our own blood plasma, hence the hydrating properties. It is naturally fat-free and low in food energy (16.7 calories or 70 kilojoules per 100 grams). It’s only as the coconut matures that they fat from the flesh gets sucked into the water, so when they’re young, that’s when the water is at it’s optimum.

You can buy young coconut water from health food stores, fruit and veg shops or supermarkets for around $2 to $5 a pop. Or, the thrifty types amongst you might prefer to buy a whole box load of them, but this would involve having to cut them yourself. Although, Yvette assures me that hacking into them yourself happens to be a good stress release.

If you like coconut, you might enjoy this cashew coconut pudding recipe.


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  1. zara / Mar 3 2011 7:33 pm

    hahahaha I can credit Yvette for this too! She introduced me to it and it is amazing for a hangover!

    • amyjmcintosh / Mar 3 2011 7:55 pm

      Where would we be without Yvette?! I hate to think.

  2. Tresna / Mar 3 2011 10:37 pm

    Who would have thought – coconut water to cure a hangover! I’m going to remember this the next time I wake up with a case of the “I’m never drinking again”s.

    • amyjmcintosh / Mar 4 2011 9:31 pm

      I highly recommend it as a snack too. In fact, I might have one tomorrow morning!

  3. jen at / Mar 11 2011 5:13 pm

    Coconut water is a lifesaver. I use it in place of my water for my runs now and its a sure cure for that nasty headache after an indulgent night of drinks 🙂

    • amyjmcintosh / Mar 16 2011 9:28 pm

      Hi Jen, thanks for your comment! I’m glad you share my love of coconut water. Where has it been hiding my whole life?! 🙂

  4. JD / Nov 19 2011 7:40 am


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