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Coconut water entered the market with a bang and now, years later, the chime from that initial boom still can be heard. The question at hand is whether that explosive entry was a legitimate mover and shaker moment, or just an over-hyped noise.
When it made its American market debut, coconut water carried with it some pretty bold contentions. It was said to be able to combat viruses, kidney disease, and osteoporosis.
It was claimed that coconut water could help resist bacteria and fungi. Not only that, but it could boost thyroid function, improve control of blood sugar, increase energy and digestion, lower cholesterol, and help to control weight.
As it turned out, the contentions about coconut water were more sound and fury than science-based fact . Claims that it was a superior choice for athletes were exaggerated as well. It seems that coconut water has no advantage over sports drinks or, for that matter, plain old water when it comes to hydrating fo...
Coconut is one of the hottest trends to hit the nutrition arena. Coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut sugar, coconut lattes...the list goes on. With trans fats banned due to their significantly negative impact on health, and the limits on saturated fats, there’s been a search for a fat that's tasty, creamy, versatile-on top of offering valuabe nutrition. But is coconut the answer? If my recent visit to The Natural Products Expo is any indication, the coconut craze is on!
There have been a lot of claims associated with coconuts. Some suggest that it’s antiviral, can help to manage diabetes, or lower bad cholesterol. Then there's the average consumer's perspective is that it’s healthy - really healthy. Certainly it's gained popularity by exciting the vegan crowd, the nut-free crowd and dairy - free individuals who are wary of soy products.
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I received the following e-mail question: "I had knee pain for over a year from surgery and was taking Tylenol on a daily basis for the pain. Since drinking [brand name deleted] water, the pain is completely gone. More importantly, diabetics are reporting 75-100% reduction in their need for insulin shots... This water is produced from a medical device. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on it."
Turns out the author of the letter is a distributor for a device that ionizes water. To tell the truth, I had no idea that ionized water had any effect whatsoever for people with diabetes. But I was wrong: There's an article describing Supplementation of hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance .
I did find a website that claimed this water was clearly better than snake oil: "Numerous scientific studies show the following benefits of restructured ionized water from commercial / hospi...
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