1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2020 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Coconut Water

Discussion in 'Ketogenic diet forum' started by JenniferM55, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. JenniferM55

    JenniferM55 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    207
    Likes Received:
    215
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Just wondering what Keto'ers think of Coconut water?

    My husband because of haemochromatosis (high iron in his blood) is presently having treatment where he needs to give 500mls of blood every week to lower ferritin levels. Trouble is, the nurses have problems getting blood out of his veins. Yesterday someone told us of a story of another man with similar problems, and he solved it by drinking coconut water prior to him giving blood.... nurse confirmed his veins became bigger and it made it easier to insert the needle. No one's got any idea how it works.... but apparently it did.

    So I had a google, and found many articles to it's health giving properties for heart, liver, blood pressure etc.

    I bought some Vita Coco from Tesco today, and found it a really nice refreshing drink for the odd treat. 150mls has 7.5 carbs, zero fat and protein, 27 calories. Here's an interesting article on it: "8 Science-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Water"

    "In one study, diabetic rats treated with coconut water maintained better blood sugar levels than the control group (9Trusted Source).

    The same study also found that the rats given coconut water had lower levels of hemoglobin A1c, indicating good long-term blood sugar control (9Trusted Source).

    Another study noticed that providing coconut water to rats with diabetes led to improvements in blood sugar levels and reductions in markers of oxidative stress (10Trusted Source).

    However, controlled studies are needed to confirm these effects in humans.

    Nevertheless, with its 3 grams of fiber and a digestible carb content of only 6 grams per cup (240 ml), coconut water can easily fit into a meal plan for people with diabetes.

    It’s also a good source of magnesium, which may increase insulin sensitivity and decrease reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes (11Trusted Source, 12Trusted Source)."


    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-coconut-water-benefits
     
  2. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,446
    Likes Received:
    16,903
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I’d wager that was just due to hydration. My veins have trouble giving up blood too. A few glasses of water usually help things along.
     
    • Agree Agree x 4
    • Like Like x 1
  3. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    873
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Ordinary water will work just as well before blood tests.
     
  4. Perminder1

    Perminder1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    39
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Magic h2o
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. LaoDan

    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    238
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I absolutely love coconut water, since I live in the tropics, I usually drink it right from the nut. I can also buy unsweetened. I drink it everyday. Very refreshing

    But be careful, the sweetened variants make me spike.

    also unsweetened coconut cream is also great, I.e in coffee.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  6. lucas1986

    lucas1986 · Member

    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I also love coconut water but had to give it up after going keto. The 6-8g carbs was too much of a hit if trying to stay strict. What I do now is add zero carb electrolytes like Ultima to my water bottle - just as refreshing but keeps the macros right..
     
  7. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    548
    Likes Received:
    468
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Sorry to hijack the thread, but are you saying that unsweetened coconut water *doesn't* spike you? I'm a fellow tropical who used to love the stuff, but I've been steering clear since diagnosis. If you can tolerate it, I'd love to hear about it: maybe I can try some and test
     
  8. LaoDan

    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    238
    Trophy Points:
    63
    The brand is UFC , unsweetened coconut milk. I also use the heavy coconut cream in smoothies and stuff
    B1A0A1A3-54E7-401A-A682-6B689D49DFBB.jpeg 970CCB59-38D2-44AA-A00B-EDE53D162049.jpeg
     
  9. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    548
    Likes Received:
    468
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Great- I see the Kara all the time, and will look out for the UFC drinking milk. Good tip- thank you!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook