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Coconut water - the elixir of youth, or good marketing?

Coconut water is chanted as a natural substitute for sweet lemonades and artificial sports drinks. This clear young coconut fluid is supposedly rejuvenating, detoxifying, moisturizing and helping to maintain the lean line. The consumer magazine dTest compared 17 samples of coconut water. He found that some coconut water contains added sugar.

By reading the labels, consumers do not like to stay, so they often do not notice that the water is getting better. "Athletes and dieticians should read the formula for naturally occurring beverages. We found the added sugar in four coconut-branded products in M ​​& S Coconut Water, VitaCoco Natural Coconut Water, Grace Coconut Water, and Wonderfarm Young Coconut Water with Coconut Pulp, " notes Hana Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of dTest.

In order for coconut water to have a long service life, the producers filter and heat it during processing. He does not need anything else. Just the amount of additives surprised in the composition of one of the products. "Coconut water with a long name Wonderfarm Young Coconut Water With Coconut Pulp contains four Es - in the raw materials can be found stabilizer represented by crosslinked starch phosphate, sweetener acesulfame K, acidity regulator sodium bicarbonate and a colorant titanium oxide," lists Hana Hoffmann and adds: "The product additionally contains added common water, even more than coconut water in a third pot. "

Sugar is naturally found in coconut water. Its share in products ranged from 1.9 to 8.7 grams in 100 ml - this is an idea for one to four packs of portions of sugar in a normal two-teapot glass. Despite the wide scattering, coconut water usually has about half of less sugar than regular lemonade or juice. On the other hand, completely sugar-free are never, therefore, unlike ordinary water, they always increase daily calorie intake.

Marketing coconut water highlights the high potassium content that the body needs for muscle activity, especially the heart. Potassium water contains relatively much coconut water (about 250 mg / 100 g) but the same amount is obtained from cheaper potatoes (421 mg / 100 g) or banana (358 mg / 100 g).

The consumer magazine dTest also compared 17 coconut milk samples in addition to coconut water. Unlike water, coconut milk is not found in coconut. It is a fatty white liquid reminiscent of milk or cream resulting from coconut processing. "Eight of the 17 selected coconut milk did not go without an emulsifier. We have only hit six brands, namely Aroy-D, Real Thai, dmBio, Rapunzel, Sense Coco, Rossman / enerBio, who have only made the necessary and traditional ingredients such as coconut and water, " comments Hana Hoffmann.
Five cans of coconut milk in the composition reported the presence of sulphites. These are used for their preservation and bleaching effects. Sulphites and Sulfur dioxide are among the allergens, and the list of ingredients must be highlighted in their entirety, which some manufacturers have not made, and they have given allergenic sulphites only under E-codes.

DTest Tips:
If you do not want to feed your body unnecessarily with add-ons, recipe for clean ingredients. Coconut water is always 100% better than sweetened. Coconut milk can all be made at home by simply mixing, for example, grated coconut and water. The resulting mass must then be passed over and squeezed. Industry is also producing coconut milk similarly, although subsequent adjustments vary.

Source: tz dTest, edited editorial

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