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The End of Coconut Water? World's Trendiest Nut Under Threat of Species Collapse

There’s no question that coconut products have gone beyond the point of faddism. With ever-growing evidence of its healing properties, more and more people want to use coconuts, particularly coconut water, which in itself is a $4 billion-a-year industry, according to IFL Science. Unfortunately, this industry and coconut’s popularity are rendering it endangered.

So what do we do about it? A major challenge to the coconut is disease. But another challenge might very well be the fact that more than 200 drink manufacturers, including Pepsi and Coca-Cola, are now marketing coconut water and contributing to the coconut’s demise through sheer volume of sales.

It’s true that coconut water from young, immature coconuts offers a long and growing list of health benefits, distinct from the benefits of its counterpart, coconut oil. In fact, it’s great for post-exercise rehydration, protects your heart and urinary tract, supports good immune function, and can even help balance your blood glucose and insulin levels. It’s also the richest dietary source of cytokinins, plant hormones that have anti-cancer, anti-aging, and anti-thrombolytic benefits in humans, so we don’t actually want to condemn this valuable plant and its products.

Rather, I suggest that we look to implementing as quickly as possible regenerative, sustainable forms of agriculture for cultivating this plant. You vote with your pocketbook at the store. Will you vote for the system that is destroying the planet or those who are changing the world for the better?

Buy only organically grown products that use sustainable agriculture methods, and read labels and avoid anything that comes from major manufacturers who don’t use sustainable methods to produce their wares.