Monday 30 May 2011

The Fat Nut....

Update on the coconut - After recently stacking on a couple of kilos I was curious to understand my sudden gain in weight. Initially I was stumped, as I had been in a regular training pattern and eating normally. I racked my brain for an answer and after a lengthy process of elimination it came to me.
In preparation for the Mui Ne triathlon in May I had begun drinking the water from fresh coconuts. In fact (now that I'm coco-free for more than 1 week) I will admit up to 2 per day...with each coconut containing around a pint of water!

I had heard the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals would help stave off leg cramps - Something I have suffered from in endurance events for many years.  What I didn't hear about (or bother to check out before I begun my coco binge ) was the other thing the coconut has.......calories.

The good: This food (the water) is very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Riboflavin and Calcium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

The bad: This food is very high in Sodium, and a large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.

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