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Robin Roberts: Now to the coconut craze. It’s one of the hottest health trends right now from water to milk to oil, but is all this coconut really good for you? ABC’s Sara Haines has that story.
Sarah Haines: Coconut, it’s the ingredient that celebrities can’t seem to get enough of. Stars like Rihanna, Jessica Alba, and Heidi Klum are all self-professed fans.
David Zinczenko, Wellness Expert: It’s really the health craze of 2015.
Sarah Haines: And it’s not just coco-water, coconut oil and coconut milk are also huge hits. Even Starbucks recently rolled out a coconut milk blend as a non-dairy option. And while people are really talking about the health benefits of coconuts, is this nut all it’s cracked up to be?
David Zinczenko: It’s good in some cases, not really others. Because if you’re doing cold dishes or salads, olive oil is so superior.
Sarah Haines: That’s because while both olive oil and coconut oil have about 120 calories per tablespoon, olive oil has only two grams of saturated fat compared to 12 grams in coconut oil. And as a thirst quencher, here’s something you should know. One cup of coconut milk has 552 calories and 51 grams of saturated fat. One cup of whole milk, 146 calories and 4.5 grams of saturated fat.
Lisa Dryer, Author: Coconut milk is great if you’re vegan. It’s easy to digest. It’s great if you have a milk allergy or if you’re lactose intolerant. That being said, coconut milk packs calories.
Sarah Haines: The place I always see it is when it comes to gyms, people say coconut water, coconut water. Coconut water has 46 calories per cup. That’s clearly more calories than plain old water. So what is it in the coconut water that’s making it this magic?
David Zinczenko: It’s the electrolytes. And the hydration and getting a lot of potassium into your system quickly. If you’re exercising a lot, go for coconut water. Otherwise, stick with water.
Sarah Haines: Okay
Lisa Dryer: Coconut containing foods and beverages can be part of a healthful diet but that being said, these foods and beverages can contain a lot of calories and this can quickly add on some unwanted pounds.
Sarah Haines: For Good Morning America, Sarah Haines ABC New York.