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Pros and painful cons of drinking coconut water

HOUSTON – Coconut water is a rich source of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants which help to cure dehydration and constipation. Think of it as nature's sports drink without loads of calories.

However, some of its benefits may also be its pitfall.

“You might get too much potassium which can cause some stomach upset and GI upset, diarrhea, and then also you can get added sugar in coconut water,” said Dr. Richard Harris, from Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Katy.

Coconut water can impact blood sugar levels and weight gain.

This would be especially troubling if you have diabetes, and the potassium is not good for patients with kidney problems.

“People on certain medications that can elevate potassium, some people who have naturally higher levels of potassium, some people who have stomach issues may be a little bit more sensitive to high potassium,” Harris explained.

Keep in mind that too much of anything, even coconut water, can cause health problems