My love of Coconut Water

One of our patients raved about the benefits of Coconut Water a couple of years ago and I admit I was slow in trying it. But the last few months I have becoming addicted to its fresh taste and am really noticing how much softer and hydrated my skin feels all the time (and noticing how it helps after a glass or two of wine the evening before!!). It is expensive but I have one glass a day and this is enough to reap all the benefits.

It has been drunk for years in countries where the coconut palm grows (Brazil, India, south east Asia, the Caribbean. I do remember trying fresh coconut water straight through a straw in a coconut in India years ago. But now, it is harvested, pasteurized and sent over here for us to enjoy. It has been a big thing in America since 2004 (since celebrities were spotted buying it in huge quantities). But is it now growing in popularity over here as an alternative to juices and smoothies. In fact Vita Coco, which accounts for more than 9 of every 10 servings sold in the UK, is reporting sales up 122% year on year.

What is Coconut Water?

Coconut water is the liquid found inside the center of young, green coconuts. The sterile water is usually harvested at the nine-month point. Naturally refreshing, coconut water is a clear, sweet liquid with a nutty taste.

This is different to coconut milk which is a concoction of coconut water and freshly grated coconut.

Why is it so good for you?

Coconut Water’s main benefit is its ability to keep the body well-hydrated.

Electrolytes – Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, such as potassium, necessary for proper hydration, Electrolytes are also necessary for proper muscle contraction and to generate energy in the body. The potassium in coconut water can counteract the potential hazards — hypertension, for instance — of a high-sodium diet of processed and refined foods. (If you medically need to restrict your potassium intake, however, avoid coconut water).

Natural sugars – It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar . The natural sugars provide energy, therefore nutritionists do advise drinking it in moderation. However, plain coconut water could be a better choice for adults and kids looking for a beverage that is less sweet. Coconut water has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar some fruit juices and of course fizzy drinks.

If you’re lucky enough to have access, fresh is best, Fresh coconut water has not been pasteurized, therefore it contains enzymes that help to detoxify and repair the body. It’s still a great way to hydrate yourself and it will still contain minerals, but it’s pasteurized, therefore, not raw

What’s it used for?

Exercise and sport

Coconut water provides more electrolytes than most sports drinks. Because it is rich in potassium, which enhances the body’s ability to rehydrate, it is great to drink after exercise. Being natural, Coconut water also has no added sugars (high-fructose corn syrup), sweeteners, colouring, chemicals or preservatives (as opposed to the luminous drinks widely available now).

However, its not the best choice if you’re looking to exercise for more than a couple of hours or are a heavy perspirer as if you lose lots of body fluids, you need easily absorbed carbs for quick energy as well as needing lost electrolytes like sodium as well as  potassium. Neither coconut water nor sports drinks contain enough sodium or carbs if this is what you need.

Hangovers

People drink it as a hangover remedy for the same reason. The magnesium also helps to enhance hydration.

Cooking

You could also cook rice in coconut water, but dilute it with water or stock.” Whatever you do, don’t try substituting coconut water for coconut milk in recipes: unlike coconut milk, which comes from squeezing or grating the flesh of mature coconuts, the water contains no fat.

Conclusion

So please go and try having a glass of coconut water every day for a while. It is expensive but it has an amazing fresh taste and just makes you feel healthy!! It is important to choose the unflavored, natural varieties; otherwise, you might be consuming all the added sugar that you would get from fruit juice or a fizzy drink!

 






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