Pure Coconut Water: What to Look for and What to Avoid

If you have read any of the posts on this site you will know the many benefits of pure coconut water such as:

  • helps prevent heart attacks
  • fights free radicals to avoid cancer
  • has anti-aging effects
  • contains electrolytes that help lower high blood pressure
  • is full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B and C
  • contains trans-zeatin which is used to treat dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

The taste is mild and it is often used as a mixer with other health-producing drinks such as pineapple juice and green tea. However, not all coconut water that is for sale is equal in health benefits. Of course pure coconut water comes directly from a young coconut. Since not everyone lives near a coconut grove, let’s explore which of the commercial drinks are the best for your health.

First, here are some of the things to avoid when shopping for your coconut water.

  • coconut water made from concentrate, not fresh – This is a good way to cut down the vitamin and mineral benefits
  • taking coconut water from mature coconuts or from young ones that were harvested weeks before the water is extracted – When coconuts become more mature, the water looses some of the nutrients. Likewise when the coconuts are harvested young but left on the ground sometimes for weeks some of the health benefits are lost.
  • adding “natural” flavors or sugar – Chances are that if you see flavors or sweeteners added the water comes from a mature coconut, and these are added to cover up the now acidic and less nutritious flavor of the water.
  • pasteurizing it with heat – Here is another way to decrease the mineral and vitamin content. According to foodbabe.com, a website which explores what is really in your food,

” It has been shown that heat also destroys some of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and also denatures enzymes – stripping its benefits and much of its flavor. If coconut water is from concentrate, this would be the second time it’s heated. Obviously, your best bet is to seek out and find unpasteurized raw coconut water.”

  • The worst of all – dipping coconuts in formaldehyde or sodium metabisulphite – This sounds like a horror show, but it is done before sending whole coconuts to other countries to keep them from spoiling. Certainly some of these strong poisons could seep into the coconut meat and water. If you live far from a coconut producing country, please be careful about buying fresh coconuts, especially ones with the green husks still on.

The bottom line is to read the labels on the coconut water containers. You want water that is HPP (high pressure processing) or at least minimally heated during the processing, without added ingredients, collected from young coconuts and the water extracted immediately, and of course taken from organic coconuts for pure coconut water.CocosPure Coconut Water

CocosPure fits all of these criteria and will give you a nutritious and tasty selection of coconut water. As we stated several times in these blog posts, CocosPure:

• tastes better.

• is 100% natural, never from concentrate, no sugar, additives or preservatives.

• Single source origin to maintain taste and consistency.

• is only from fresh young coconuts specific to the regions of Thailand and Vietnam.

• is always sourced from fresh young coconuts, never mature coconuts which have a sour taste and are less nutritious.

• is harvested from coconuts and specially handpicked to our strict requirements. All of our coconut water is ethically sourced and processed using a minimal heat process.

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Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Water

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.

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  • 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

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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.