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Is coconut water a good hangover cure? Vote!

December 29, 2011|By RedEye staff

When hangovers strike, the goal is simple: Re-hydrate. In 2011, no drink was touted more for its miraculous hydrating abilities than coconut water. Whether you drink it plain or flavored, the beverage has been promoted in grocery stores and health stores alike, with brand Vita Coco even scoring a deal with singer Rihanna to be its spokeswoman.
Despite its benefits, some people just can’t get over the taste. Despite the name, coconut water tastes nothing like coconut and instead has a distinctive nutty, almost salty flavor. You either love the stuff or you really, really hate it.

Amazing
I didn’t like whiskey the first time I tried it either, but some things are an acquired taste. The slight metallic taste of coconut water didn’t win me over at first sip, but the more I try it, the more I like it. In the grand scheme of rehydrating hangover cures, it’s more low-cal than Pedialyte and has more electrolytes than Gatorade, and I promise you that you’ll feel better within the hour. I say make a cocktail with it to quite possibly avoid the hangover altogether. --Lisa Arnett

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Disgusting
The first time I tasted coconut water, I thought the stuff I bought had gone rancid. There was just no way the drink that had been sold to me by friends as the ultimate hangover cure could taste this awful. The flavor is nothing like the sweetness you’d expect from something coming from a coconut. It tastes the way spoiled milk smells. It tastes like the water that gathers at the bottom of yogurt containers. And don’t be fooled by the fruit punch-flavored varieties, either. These do nothing to mask the bite. Even holding my nose while drinking did nothing. Coconut water is, quite frankly, the worst. And the last thing my hangover needs is another reason to be nauseated. –Emily Van Zandt

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