Coconuts are amazing. Not only are they delicious, but they are also so versatile, and are full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They also contain no trans-fats, are gluten-free, and even contain compounds that are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic!
The flesh of the coconut itself can be eaten, as can the milk/ water inside! But it is not just the fruit that is beneficial….
Coconut trees are referred to as the ‘tree’s of life’ in the Philippines because they are one of the few plants on the planet that can sustain humans for an extended period of time.
Coconut water is a great post workout recovery drink that can replace electrolytes lost in sweat. However, you have to be careful which coconut water you drink as some are very high in sugar, and others are made with only a tiny amount of real coconut water!
Buko are a pretty new company that have launched a healthy, delicious and pure coconut water drink that you can trust will do you good. Their coconut water is made from young, organic coconuts grown on GMO free, fair trade farms in the Philippines. In fact Buko means a young green coconut in Filipino and Buko believe that it is this type of coconut, when grown without pesticides or fertilizers, that produces the tastiest and freshest coconut water there is. And, if we are honest, after trying Buko ourselves, we totally agree!
We loved adding Buko water to our smoothies- for some added goodness, and also enjoyed drinking straight from the bottle post workout. Buko is so refreshing and quenched our thirst perfectly!
If you still aren’t convinced that coconut water is for you, then look here to see the numerous health benefits that coconut water has:
- Full of essential vitamins and minerals
- A great source of potassium
- Naturally isotonic- great for rehydration after workouts
- Contains anti-oxidants such as cytokinins which regulate growth, development and ageing
- Low calorie drink with zero fat and zero cholesterol
- Aids digestion, cleanses the skin, and improves circulation- we can vouch for this one!
In addition to making delicious coconut water, pretty awesomely Buko have teamed up with Cuipo, which is an organisation which works with brands all over the world to help protect the planets rainforests. So, for every bottle of Buko that we buy, Buko donates a proportion of the income to Cuipo, who then use the funds to protect one square meter of rainforest.
So, to get yourself some coconut water, and to help save the rainforest go out and get yourself some Buko coconut water!