The world’s gone nuts for coconut water (including one Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec, who keeps a whole shelf stocked with it), but is it worth it? It probably shouldn’t be a shocker that packaged coconut water is loaded with more sugar than you need. Compared to natural coconut water (as in what you can’t find in a box), packaged coconut watercan have up to twice the amount of sugar. Packaged coconut water can also be lacking in fiber, compared to natural coconut water.
What makes coconut water so healthy is that it’s loaded with potassium, which is key for rehydration. As Mother Nature Network points out, potassium helps to balance the electrolytes in the body (it's the same stuff you find in sports drinks). But a study from ConsumerLab.com found that two popular commercial coconut waters, O.N.E. Coconut Water and Vita Coco, didn’t deliver the amount of electrolytes promised on the label. Considering that’s coconut water’s gleaming health benefit, it’s slightly unnerving that you’re not getting what you think.