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Why drinking too much coconut water is bad to health?

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Health risks with too much consuming of coconut water:

Coconut water is the rich source of minerals, antioxidants, and sugars which help in curing dehydration, curing constipation, reducing body heat, etc. Coconut water is as a natural energy or sports drink due to its high potassium and mineral content with small amounts of fat, carbohydrates, and calories.

However, drinking too much of coconut water or replacing water with coconut water can cause adverse health related problems.

Why drinking too much coconut water is bad to health
Why drinking too much coconut water is bad to health. Infographic designed by gobyme.com

Let us see the few health problems caused by drinking of too much coconut water.

  • Impact on blood sugar levels: The primary health concern of drinking too much of coconut water every day leads to increase in high sugar content in blood. According to the USDA.gov website, (Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture), 1000gram serving of coconut water contains 26.10 gram of sugar. This natural sugar in coconut water impacts on blood sugar levels and reduces the production of insulin. This increase in blood sugar levels will have an adverse effect on the health if the person suffers from diabetes.
  • An increase in Weight: Drinking too much coconut water may lead to weight gain due to natural sugar content in coconut water.
  • Increase in Potassium content: Coconut is a rich source of Potassium (K) which is a vital mineral to the human body to build muscles, to break down of carbohydrates, controlling the electrical activity of the heart, maintaining normal body growth,  and regulating the acid-base balance. 1000gram serving of coconut water contains 2.5gram of potassium. However, a healthy adult needs 4.7gram/day of potassium which can be obtained by consuming fruits and vegetables. Consuming more potassium than recommended quantities every day can lead to hyperkalemia, abnormal and dangerous heart rhythms, reduced kidney functions, etc.
  • Other Issues:
    • Few doctors recommend sinusitis patients not to drink coconut water
    • Drinking coconut water increasing hydration, however consuming too much coconut water again leads to dehydration

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