Archive for February 3, 2010

Coconut Water: The Next Big Thing?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2010 by nuKnuK

It comes from a coconut and it just might be the new sports drink of the decade. Zico is one brand of coconut water that’s already making a splash in the United States. Many celebrities and pro athletes swear by it.

“Instead of drinking the conventional sports drinks with the high fructose corn syrup and the coloring, they’re going for Zico – which is all natural with no preservatives,” said Zico Representative Mark Esteban.

Finding a tree with the perfect green coconut might be a challenge. However, you no longer have to take your thirst to Central America to get a refreshing sip. Coconut water is already available at most supermarkets.

Nutritionists are also giving the new energy drink two thumbs up. They say this new product is really not new at all. People have been drinking coconut water for hundreds of years.

Philippines, Thailand, and Brazil people grew up on it,” Esteban said.

“You’re talking about the coconut water of a green coconut,” said Dr. Diane Longstreet, a nutritionist at University Community Hospital in Tampa. “It’s very rich in potassium. It is a significant source of magnesium – very low in sodium and also low in sugar.”

Longstreet says it’s especially good for rehydration and muscle cramps. It works in the same way Gatorade and Vitamin Water does but it doesn’t have any added sugar.

“We’ve kept it 100 percent true to what it is,” said Esteban. “We don’t add any preservatives.”

Experts claim one cup of coconut water has more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana.

“Potassium is one of those minerals that we tend to not get as much of because we aren’t eating our fruits and vegetables,” said Longstreet. “But coconut water is an excellent source of potassium.”

“It’s so funny because you look at bottles – often times they have 16 grams of sugar and then you look at the top of the bottle and it says three servings. So, you drink that bottle and you are just getting loads and loads of sugar,” said Morgan Watt, a new fan of coconut water.

There are several brands ( Zico , Vita Coco , O.N.E. ) now on the market in the United States. Prices vary from $17 – $22 for a 12 pack.

via Coconut Water: The Next Big Thing?.

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branson-goes-20000-leagues-under-the-Sea: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2010 by nuKnuK

NEW YORK — Virgin unveiled the latest addition to Richard Branson’s luxury fleet on Friday: an underwater plane that will fly riders into the depths of the Caribbean Sea.

Guests on Necker Island, a retreat in the British Virgin Islands, will be able to dive underwater in a submarine dubbed the Necker Nymph for $25,000 a week. But that’s only after shelling out around $300,000 for a one-week stay on Necker, the private island owned by billionaire and Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson.

Beginning on Feb. 20, two riders and a pilot and will be able to take the plunge from land, or from a boat. The underwater plane uses the downward pressure on its wings to fly through the water for up to two hours at a time, while an open cockpit will give riders a 360-degree view.

The Necker Nymph’s typical speed is 2 to 5 nautical miles per hour and it can dive more than 100 feet, said Karen Hawkes, a spokeswoman for Hawkes Ocean Technologies, the company that designed the Nymph.

A statement released Friday by Virgin Limited Edition, the luxury arm of Virgin Hotels, described the Nymph’s launch like a plane’s takeoff. “Gliding on the water’s surface like an aeroplane on a runway, one of the three pilots will operate the joystick to smoothly dive down.”

via branson-goes-20000-leagues-under-the-Sea: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance.