Did you know that coconuts especially the young green coconuts, contain a delicious edible fluid inside them.
This is commonly referred to as Coconut water and its has a great deal of health benefits to the drinker.
Coconut water is good source of natural diet fibre and is very low in cholesterol.
Coconut water is natural of source minerals such as and Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
The chart to the left shows the mineral content in 100 gm of fresh coconut water.
Coconut water is low in fat, has only 15 kcal and less than per 4 gm of carbohydrate in a 100 gm. Making it a good choice for a healthy hydration drink.
Coconut water is also a good source of vitamin C and Riboflavin.
Health benefits of drinking coconut water.
Did you realise that coconut water is as good at hydrating your body as many sports drinks on the market. It’s a natural way to replenish electrolytes after hard workouts, without the artificial colourings and sweeteners found in many sports drink. and it tastes great.
Coconut water contains many bioactive enzymes.When we eat food, these bioactive enzymes help the food break down so the body can use it.
3. Diarrhoea Remedy.
When we have diarrhoea, we lose lots of fluids and can become dehydrated, drinking Coconut water is often used to replace the fluids lost and replenish lost electrolytes.
Because coconut water is a natural diuretic and is useful for the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infection.
Coconut water keeps you flowing freely
Because the amount of fat coconut water is extremely low, coconut water also makes you feel full after drinking therefore suppressing your appetite. Remember though, that most of the calories in coconut water come from sugars, about 9 gm of carbohydrate per average 250 gm serving. With this in mind if I was using it to assist in weight loss so I personally would not consume too much of it (say two glasses per day )
Coconut water has antioxidants that help scavenge and get rid of free radicals in your body.
Coconut water contains Vitamin C and antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial properties. By consuming coconut water daily could help boost your body immune system.
8. Topical application to skin to fight infection
Because of the anti-fungal and anti-microbial and antiviral properties of coconut water, direct application to some skin conditions such as cuts, cold sores, dry skin, blemishes and acne can help heal it faster.
Coconut water contains potassium and magnesium which are known to be good for the cardiovascular system. Drinking it could help with high blood pressure and reduce the danger of heart attacks.
This last little gem really doesn’t have an everyday function but I thought I would let you know about it anyway.
(According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine )
In 2000 a team of researchers studying improvised methods for intravenous rehydration turned their attentions to Coconut water.
They cited “the successful use of coconut water as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid for a Solomon Island patient” and concluded that in a pinch, an IV drip of the liquid can keep a dangerously dehydrated person alive.
I would stick to drinking it !!
What is the best Coconut water to drink?
I would suggest looking for your coconut water using this quick guide.
My three levels of quality for coconut water. (best to worst)
1. Natural straight from the young fresh green coconut, not older more mature coconuts as the nutrients are not as rich as they mature.
2. Raw and organic that has been frozen to keep its freshness
3. HPP. High pressure processing is best way to preserve the goodness in coconut water without using heat and extending its shelf life .
There are many other coconut waters available but these will be from concentrate and more than likely heat treated to kill bacteria and extend their shelf life for very long periods. They are also likely to have additives like sweeteners. Any of these will be lacking the nutrients and will not taste as good.
We have learned some properties of Coconut water, the many health benefits of drinking this refreshing healthy drink and have learned how to choose the best products on the market.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and if you have any questions or comments please feel free contact me through the comments section below.
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