What is coconut water?
Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink made from coconuts. The juice is directly extracted from the young still green fruit and can be drunk pure.
Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, a tree that grows mainly in tropical regions. Harvesting the nuts takes place before their maturity when they are waterlogged. Among the products that we use in our cooking recipes or that we taste raw, we find not only coconut water, but also the white flesh of the fruit, coconut milk and coconut oil.
While coconut water is extracted directly from the still green fruit, coconut milk must first undergo processing. To do this, you have to extract the flesh of the ripe coconut, grind it and grate it, then mix the result with water to obtain a thick porridge that is very rich in fat. All that remains is to squeeze it to collect the coconut milk. Unlike coconut water which is clear and runny, milk is pure white and has a creamy consistency with an intense coconut flavor.
Coconut milk does not quench thirst, so you should not drink it pure. With 230 calories and 24 grams of fat per 100 milliliters, it is extremely high in calories and fat. This is why it is primarily used in cooking, in Indian, Asian or Oriental dishes, such as soups and curries.
Composition of coconut water: what does it contain?
Coconut water is considered the fitness drink par excellence and the exotic miracle cure for beautiful skin and a healthy body. But is this promise also reflected in its composition? This is what we are going to find out:
The thing is, unlike coconut milk, the fat and calorie content of coconut water is not significant. This is not surprising, since it is composed of more than 90% water. Our cans only contain 70cal. Its sweet taste suggests a strong presence of sugar. And yet, we have no sugar added. It is naturally sweet. The less the coconut water is processed and the fresher it is, the better the nutritional breakdown.
Athletes will have to resort to other sources to cover their daily protein needs.
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Low in lipids, sugars and proteins, it is however rich in minerals and trace elements: the juice of the still green coconut has a high content of sodium, magnesium and potassium. In addition, coconut water is full of trace elements such as iron, iodine and zinc. These helps regulate metabolism and hormonal balance. Vitamins are also strongly represented in coconut water, especially and especially B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9), vitamin C and folic acid.
How healthy is coconut water?
In many areas where coconut palms grow, juice from the still-green fruit is a popular alternative to drinking water. This is not surprising, since it is composed of more than 90% water.
But even outside of these tropical regions, more and more people are swearing by this so-called miraculous water. It is credited with many benefits. Thus, coconut water is supposed to:
- restore fluid balance,
- protect against acidosis,
- act against hypertension,
- boost metabolism,
- help detoxify the body and
- promote cell renewal.