Pink coconut water is a popular drink that you can find in any grocery store. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, is a natural source of antioxidants, and is excellent for hydrating. But you might be wondering why it’s pink. In this article, I explain why coconut water turns pink, whether it’s safe to drink, and creative ways to use it!
I’ve kept a supply of coconut water in my fridge for years. It’s a natural sports drink without weird ingredients and added sugar, and it’s relatively low in sugar, and my kids love to sip on it – way better than soda, right?!
When I first learned about the health benefits of coconut water, I couldn’t find it bottled at local grocery stores. So I purchased a case of Thai coconuts from my local Asian market. I loved opening fresh young coconuts and drinking the coconut water straight from the coconut. There isn’t anything as delicious as fresh coconut water, and raw coconut meat is tasty too!
The first time I found pink coconut water in my coconut, I freaked out and threw it away. I assumed the coconut had gone bad, but then I read Coconut Water for Health and Healing by Bruce Fife and learned that pink coconut water is safe and natural.
Why Is Coconut Water Pink?
As the coconut ages or is exposed to light or air, the sugars in the coconut begin to oxidize. As the coconuts go through the oxidation process, they turn a dark or light pink color. Sometimes the coconut meat will even turn red! This is similar to apples; when you cut them and expose them to air, they begin to turn brown. However, brown apples are still safe to eat. The same goes for pink coconut water. The water is perfectly safe to drink. However, if you’ve opened a young coconut that has turned pink AND smells off, I suggest discarding it for safety. I’ve only encountered this a few times, and it was apparent the coconut was rotting each time.
How To Use Pink Coconut Water
Whether you’re using fresh young coconut water or your favorite organic coconut water (I like harmless harvest), here are some recipes to try!
- Pineapple Coconut Juice – This homemade juice reminds me of tropical-flavored sports drinks! It’s fruity with a lovely coconut flavor. This juice only requires coconut water, pineapple juice, and lime juice!
- Coconut Water Kefir – This probiotic beverage is terrific for your health and is full of beneficial bacteria. Make coconut water kefir with fresh or bottled coconut water and other natural flavors like lime, lemon, or natural fruit juices.
- Coconut Water Ice Pops – Great for hot summer days, these hydrating popsicles are made with pure coconut water and fresh fruit and berries.
- Smoothies – Coconut water makes a great addition to smoothies! I use coconut water in my coconut oil smoothie and my homemade fruit slushes!
Coconut Water Nutrition
Both pink and clear coconut water has the same nutritional value. Nutrition per cup of coconut water:
- Calories: 113
- Carbohydrates: 28.3g
- Sugar: 26.5g
- Net Carbs: 28.3g
- Fat: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
Pink coconut water is not only safe, but it’s perfectly natural and is an enjoyable beverage. So whether you enjoy fresh juices straight from coconut trees or bottled, pink coconut water is a good choice of coconut water.
This depends on how the coconut water is packaged. Many brands are refrigerated and need to be stored in the refrigerator. Often times canned or tetra pak boxes can be stored at room temperature. Once opened, coconut water should be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
No, pink color is natural and means the coconuts are starting to oxidize.
There are approximately 28 grams of sugar in a cup of coconut water.
No, coconut water is not low-carb or keto due to it’s high carbohydrate content.