Madonna et co ne jurent que par les bénéfices de l'eau de fruit.
Why the stars are all going coconut: Madonna and co swear by the benefits of fruit's water - now a popular sports drink
By Jill Foster
Last updated at 4:06 AM on 8th May 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow says drinking it as an 'on-the-go snack' helps keep her slim. And Madonna loves it so much she bought a company that makes it.
Hollywood stars Courteney Cox, Demi Moore and Matthew McConaughey are also said to be devotees - which may explain why coconut water is taking off as the post-exercise drink of choice with ordinary mortals.
Last year, one manufacturer reported a 600 per cent jump in UK sales in just 12 weeks.
Not to be confused with coconut milk - a creamy substance made from grated coconut flesh and water - coconut water is the juice found inside young, green fruits.
Coconuts are hollow in the middle, and the water can be obtained simply by cracking the husk.
You may have had the pleasure of sampling it fresh from the tree on an exotic holiday.
However, thanks to canny manufacturers, today the curious-tasting liquid - often described as slightly metallic - can be found in cartons at High Street supermarkets, often sweetened with natural fruit juices. Brands include Vita Coco ( the one that Madonna invested in), Zico and Dr Antonio Martins Coco Juice.
It is thinner in consistency than the sweeter milk. And as a 100ml serving contains only 39 calories, 0.25oz sugar and just a trace of fat, it is easy to see why it is popular with the diet-conscious celebrity set.
'Coconut water is almost sour-tasting,' says Dr John Berardi, a nutrition coach for elite athletes. 'It's a bit like Marmite - people love it or hate it.
'Each serving has four to five times less sugar compared with cola and fruit juice. It's also a good source of Vitamins C and B as well as protein, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc.
'It contains another group of nutrients called cytokinins, which many scientists think can play a role in human health - slowing ageing and lowering the risk of cancer.'
A study of post-exercise rehydration carried out by the University of Science, Malaysia, which compared coconut water with sports drinks and normal water, found that it was 'significantly sweeter, caused less nausea, fullness and no stomach upset'.
But another reason why coconut water is popular with the gym set is that it is full of electrolytes, the minerals vital for bodily functions such as muscle movement, brain operation and nerve transmission. In particular, they are useful in helping to prevent cramps and spasms in the muscles.
'Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes and a small carton of coconut water contains 680mg, more than two bananas,' says nutritionist Kim Pearson.
'The mineral helps maintain water balance in the body. It maintains water pressure within cells as well as water pressure within the blood. So, by helping to draw water into cells and into the blood, it enables the body to rehydrate quickly.
'It also contains high levels of lauric acid, which the body uses to make monolaurin, a disease-fighting fatty-acid derivative. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that protect the body against various infections and boost the immune system.'
Coconut water has also been claimed to help to reduce the risk of cardiac disease, improve circulation, regulate digestion and ease stomach pain. Because it is so similar to the composition of blood plasma, it was used as an intravenous drip in the South Pacific in the Second World War.
But beware of drinking too much - it can also have a laxative and diuretic effect.
And Dr Berardi has another warning - especially for athletes. 'For maximum recovery after intense exercise, coconut water alone is insufficient,' he says.
'It's too low in calories and carbohydrates. Indeed, for hard-training athletes, I'd recommend a recovery drink that contains protein, carbohydrate and more calories than what's present in a serving of coconut water.
'As an alternative to high-sugar, low-nutrient drinks, it's fine. But it is certainly not an alternative to food.'
Source: Mail Online.
Madonna loves coconut water - the juice found inside young, green fruits - so much she bought the company that makes Vita Coco.