Coconut water has become a mainstay on grocery store shelves as the king of all-natural health drinks, but it may be hiding a dirty secret. In recent years, there has been criticism of the refreshing beverage surrounding its health claims, the alleged exploitation of those employed in third world plantations, and some not-so-sustainable coco palm farming practices. Whether these allegation are founded is up for debate, but the latest health drink craze to hit the American market has coconut water beat hands-down when it comes to the size of its carbon footprint. It’s all-natural, sustainable, and – if you live in New England – it’s as local as it gets.
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