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Coconut Water Is Sterile And Can Be Used In IVs

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In the past several years, coconut water has become a fashionable health drink. For a long time, marketing materials claimed that it fought diseases and encouraged good health just as much as antioxidant-packed foods. It was also billed as an alternative to sports drinks, but both of those claims were shot down by nutritionists. That said, the clear liquid extracted from young, green coconuts does have some nutritional benefits. The drink is less sugary than sports drinks, and offers nutrients like potassium and calcium. Coconut water is sterile, and has successfully been used as a substitute for hydration fluid in an IV on at least one occasion. The coconut water IV was used on a Solomon Island patient for a short-term solution. Though it's certainly not the first choice for doctors with more traditional IV solutions available, medical professionals may recommend coconut water as a suitable beverage for oral rehydration during medical procedure rehabilitation. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Coconut Water | What's In It | The New York Times

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Coconut water is the clear liquid that is extracted from young, green coconuts. 00:14

  2. Coconut water generally has much less sugar than other fruit juices. 00:52

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