IU Southeast chemistry professor and coconut water researcher Chhandashri Bhattacharya in the chemistry lab on campus. Photo by Jonathan Morrison.
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Bhattacharya, who earned her
doctorate in organic chemistry from the
University of Calcutta, India, in 2008,
discovered her latest research interest
at home.
The idea originally came frommy
son,” said Bhattacharya, whose middle-
school-aged son plays a lot of sports.
He drinks a lot of Powerade and
Gatorade. Sometimes he drinks two a
She persuaded her son to find a natural
post-workout drink – a suggestion that
led to a topic for his school science fair
water contains vital nutrients that help
with detoxifying the body and boosting
the immune system. But recently,
coconut water has become a craze for
those looking for a healthy drink after
working out.
Bhattacharya, who began her IU
Southeast career as a part-time
chemistry lecturer in 2004 and
became a full-time lecturer in 2011,
first presented her coconut water
study at the American Chemical
Society’s 244th National Meeting
in August 2012. It has since been
referenced by the American Chemical
Science Daily
and online
science and news resources including
beverages and whether there might be
healthier options have become part of
the conversation.
The research of an IU Southeast
chemistry professor, Chhandashri
Bhattacharya, points to an attractive
alternative for rehydration: coconut
Coconuts come out on top
Coconut water is not flavored water
or coconut milk. Coconut water comes
from young green coconuts grown in
tropical climates and is extracted before
the coconuts mature.
It has long been known that coconut