What exactly is coconut water? It’s the liquid inside a young coconut, about 5 – 7 months of age. Later the water congeals and becomes coconut meat. While all coconut products are healthy food sources, coconut water is amazingly packed with nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals. In addition, there are no known side effects: coconut water is safe for pregnant women, small children, even people who have various allergies.
Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Water
- Hydration – According to the website, http://nutrition-and-you.com coconut water is a good source of hydration due to its high content of simple sugars, electrolytes and minerals. It’s a light drink but replaces needed fluids easily.
- Anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic – coconut water contains cytokinins which keep blood flowing freely.
- Aid to digestion and metabolism – “Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism”. quote source Coconut water is also a good remedy for indigestion.
- Source of Vitamin B-complex – These include riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates and are mostly gained from sources outside the body.
- Source of electrolytes, potassium and sodium – The balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal function of our cells and our organs.
See chart below for an in-depth analysis of fresh coconut water (per 100g)
Chart Source: USDA National Nutrient data base
Serving coconut water: It can be served chilled or directly out of the young coconut by removing the green outer husk and the top of the brown inner shell. The soft coconut gel/meat is delicious too. I personally like to add pineapple juice and tequila to my coconut water.