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Is Coconut Water Good for Diabetes?

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Is Coconut Water Good for Diabetes?

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Key Takeaways

  • Coconut water is the liquid found in the center of a young green coconut. It is different from coconut milk.
  • Coconut water can be a healthy and refreshing beverage for people with diabetes as it is naturally low in sugar and contains electrolytes and other nutrients.
  • It is important to buy a brand that does not have added sugars and to continue monitoring blood sugar levels and carbohydrate intake.

Coconut water has gained popularity as a natural, nutrient-rich beverage with several health benefits. For people with diabetes, finding healthy beverage options can be challenging as many drinks are high in sugar and cause a spike in blood glucose.  

If you have diabetes, drinking natural coconut water that does not have added sugars will not cause a significant spike in glucose if you drink it in moderation. Besides good hydration, coconut water is also a great way for you to get antioxidants and minerals. 

This article explores coconut water, and it’s benefits for people with diabetes. 

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Can People with Diabetes Drink Coconut Water?

Coconut water is a natural, low-sugar beverage that is high in potassium and other electrolytes. 

Coconut water is the liquid found in the center of immature green coconuts and is different from coconut milk which is produced from the grated meat of a mature coconut.

Coconut water can be a good beverage choice for people with diabetes who need to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Drinking coconut water in moderation will typically not cause a spike in blood glucose levels. It is important to check that your coconut water has no added sweetener. 

Many people prefer to drink coconut water before or after exercise to maintain hydration and boost electrolytes.

Working with a Nourish dietitian, you can develop a plan to manage your diabetes that incorporates foods and beverages that will help you meet your individual health goals. Consider making a virtual appointment with a Nourish dietician to learn more.

Is Coconut Water Good for People with Diabetes?

Drinking coconut water may have several health benefits for people with diabetes. However, there are no studies on the effects of coconut water in humans with diabetes.

If you have diabetes be aware that coconut water does contain carbohydrates which may have some impact on blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar is already trending high, it may be best to avoid coconut water until your blood sugar is better managed.

Is coconut water high in sugar?

Natural coconut water is not high in sugar. The sweet flavor of the beverage comes from the natural sweetness of the fruit

Some brands may add sweeteners to their coconut water which can cause blood sugar to increase. Before purchasing coconut water, check the label and choose a brand that is 100% natural with no added sugars. 

Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is a great source of antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation and prevent damage to cells and tissues. 

In addition to these benefits, coconut water is also a great source of electrolytes.

Sodium

Sodium helps regulate blood pressure and maintain fluid balance in your body. Adequate sodium intake can also help prevent muscle cramps and improve exercise performance. This is important if you have diabetes because regular physical activity helps you manage blood sugar levels.

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Potassium

Potassium is an essential mineral that helps regulate fluid balance, muscle and nerve function, and blood pressure.

Consuming enough potassium also helps lower your risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and kidney stones. This is important because having diabetes puts you at higher risk for these conditions.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an important electrolyte for muscle and nerve function, energy production, and bone health. Adequate magnesium intake may also help reduce the risk of heart disease.

This is important because having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for heart disease. 

Phosphorous 

Phosphorus is important for bone health, energy production, and cell function. It can also help regulate blood pressure and reduce your risk for kidney disease.

If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk for kidney disease.  

Can Coconut Water Help Lower Blood Sugar?

While coconut water is a delicious, natural, and low-sugar beverage, there is no strong evidence from research that it can directly lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

It does contain a low level of carbohydrates which may affect blood sugar. However, the amount is relatively low compared to other fruit juices

Overall, coconut water is a relatively safe beverage for people with diabetes to enjoy in moderation.

It can be helpful to work with a Nourish dietitian to develop an individualized diabetes management plan that takes into account your personal needs and medical history. 

Takeaway

Coconut water can be a refreshing and healthy beverage choice for people with diabetes.

This natural drink is high in electrolytes and nutrients, which can help with hydration and enhance overall health. 

While coconut water does contain carbohydrates, the amount is relatively low. However, people with diabetes should still monitor their carbohydrate intake and blood sugar levels.

Drinking coconut water is best when done in moderation as part of a balanced diet

A good approach is to work with a dietitian from Nourish to develop a personalized diabetes management plan that incorporates a variety of foods and beverages, including coconut water. 

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How a Dietitian Can Help

To learn more about managing your blood sugar levels and to get personalized snack recommendations for diabetes, consider meeting with a registered dietitian.

Nourish will pair you with a diabetes dietitian. Visits are covered by insurance and 100% virtual, making it easier than ever to access care. Find a dietitian near you that accepts insurance using Nourish.

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