Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: A Coconutty Craze

You know that whole coconut water craze? It's touted as a natural sports drink, a tasty alternative to plain water. According to a relatively recent NPR story, though, unless you are a super-athlete, it's not really necessary to imbibe anything but plain water. The article concludes, 'Bottom line: If you like the taste of coconut water and can afford it, enjoy, says Reinagel. But coconut water isn't cheap, running around $2 to $3 a serving, and it's no miracle drink.'

Ok, so putting aside the cost and dubious health benefits, I know you are all concerned with the environmental impact of this fad drink. After a little bit of research, I discovered that the production of coconuts is quite the opposite - it requires little chemical additions, the root structure reduces erosion, and can actually add to soil fertility. A Mother Jones' article notes that the largest portion of coconut water's environmental footprint comes from the fact that it must travel so far to reach your grocery cart. Still small in scale, if the demand for this beverage continues to rise so precipitously, its benign environmental state may not remain so.

No conclusions, only the question of where to stand on the issue of the coconut water craze.

1 comment:

Sarah E. Hoffman said...

Interesting post! I got into coconut water when I worked long hours in a hot bakery - sweated for 10 hours a night! Not an athelete but I think it was worth it!