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How should you factor coconut water into a diabetic diet?

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While coconut water has less sugar than such sports drinks as Gatorade and a lot less sugar than sodas and many fruit juices, it has 60 calories per 11 ounces, so diabetics should drink it sparingly. It is an excellent source of hydration, though, as stated by WebMD.

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Coconut water is not the high-fat oil or milk that comes from a coconut. Instead, it is the clear liquid that is found in the center of a coconut, and it comes from green, young coconuts. In addition to those 5.45 calories per ounce, coconut water only has 1.3 grams of sugar and a whopping 61 milligrams of potassium. One 11-ounce container of coconut water has more potassium than four bananas, bringing significant nutritional benefit, according to WebMD.

Some athletes claim that coconut water helps them to stay hydrated through endurance sports. Potassium is crucial to avoid cramping. It is true that coconut water helps people stay hydrated, cut sodium and get enough potassium. Claims that coconut water helps with a number of diseases have not been supported through medical research as of 2015. Recreational athletes should add coconut water to their hydration regimen. However, diabetics who do not exercise at an intense level regularly should only add coconut water to their diet infrequently, notes WebMD.

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