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.

 

Coconut Water Drinks: Coconut Sangria

CocosPure_Premium_Pineapple_464x467Sangria is a drink for anytime of the day or night. It’s so refreshing and light one hardly notices the added wine. What could be healthier than to add coconut water to the mix too? Here’s a coconut water drink recipe that comes to us from Davida at The Healthy Maven. I hope you try it. It has an added punch of vodka and wine.

Coconut Water Drinks: Coconut Sangria

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1 cup coconut water
Instructions:
  1. Blend the fruit in a blender or food processor.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or bowl.
  3. Let sit for at least 2 hours (longer is better).
  4. Serve on ice.

Davida says to be careful about drinking too much of this drink that tastes like soda pop. Hangovers are not fun! However, there’s no better cure for hangovers than straight coconut water.

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Coconut Water Recipe – Malaysian Curry Chicken

cocos_product-image-2_464x467pxThis recipe comes to us from . I found it amusing that in this modern day of frozen dinners and fast food, Ms. I-Hua considers herself lazy because she doesn’t grind her own spices or make her own sauces. You might find this coconut water recipe too spicy so tone down the spices as you like. You may not be able to find all these ingredients but do your best. Also, this recipe calls for creating you own coconut water by pressing the coconut meat that has been soaked in warm water. We know a better source of good coconut water from CocosPure, right?

Ingredients:

500-600 g of Chicken Breast (cut into rough chunks)
meat curry powder
3 dried red chillies (use with caution)
a pinch of Salt
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbp Sambal Olek
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground white pepper

1 cup of toasted desiccated coconut (grated)
1 cup of coconut water (CocosPure is the best)
1 Kaffir lime leaf (shredded finely)
sliced red chillies (for garnishing)

Procedure:

Coat the chicken pieces in the curry powder and salt and set aside.

In a hot wok (or frying pan), heat up 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot enough, brown the chicken in the wok on all sides. Take out and set aside.

Using the same oil, toss in the chopped garlic, dried red chillies and sambal olek. Once the aroma starts wafting up, gently pour some coconut water into the wok letting it simmer gently.

Add in the Worcestershire sauce, fish sauce, sugar and ground white pepper and let simmer.

Turn the heat back up on high and toss the browned chicken back into the simmer sauce and give it a good mix.

Add in half a cup of the toasted coconut making sure to mix all ingredients in the wok as to coat everything.

As the sauce thickens up, add in the remaining coconut water and let it simmer gently.

Once the sauce thickens up again, turn off the heat and transfer the curry to a serving dish.

Garnish with the remaining toasted coconut, shredded kaffir lime leaf and sliced red chillies.    Read more here.

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Coconut Water – Any Side Effects?

No Tag-01While coconut water is not considered a medicine, it’s good to look at the safety of everything you eat and drink. There are known side effects to simple foods or liquids such as tap water or cow’s milk. What about coconut water? Remember that coconut water is the liquid found inside an immature fresh coconut, and of course this is the pure form.

According to webmd.com, coconut water is used to treat high blood pressure and dehydration resulting from diarrhea or excess exercise. Thus instead of side effects, here is a place where coconut water is used as an aid to sickness. In fact, in the absence of blood transfusions, coconut water has been substituted due to its high level of vitamins and minerals plus electrolytes. However, there are a few occasions when it should not be taken.

Patients should stop consuming coconut water a minimum of two weeks prior to a scheduled surgery, and they should speak with a doctor before drinking it while taking medications for high blood pressure, as recommended by WebMD. Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid coconut water due to a lack of research concerning its safety during these periods. Read more here.

It’s interesting that it can used to treat high blood pressure but should not be taken at the same time as other medications for high blood pressure. The fact that coconut water contains electrolytes is a great bonus to good health. Our modern diets are often lacking sufficient quantity of electrolytes. Here are some of the health problems that develop from low levels of electrolytes.

Providing electrolytes and hydrating the body are essential steps to maintaining overall health. Electrolytes help maintain muscle function and balance the body’s fluids. Suffering from improperly balanced electrolytes results in weakness, heart palpitations, and muscle cramping. Chronic dehydration leads to ailments such as headaches, fatigue, constipation, and decreased urine output. Read more here.

I hope you are getting the picture that there are very few side effects to coconut water. Only pregnant women or people taking other medications need consult their doctors before drinking it. There are an incredible number of health and medical benefits for coconut water to balance the few restrictions. I can personally testify that during a trip to a foreign country I contracted some diarrhea-causing bug, and coconut water was the only thing that stopped it. In fact it was the only thing I could keep down. I was relieved to have discovered this natural medicine.

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Halloween Recipes with Coconut Water

Halloween isn’t just for treat-hunting kids. The adults get into the swing of things too with costume parties and adult spooky drinks. Here’s a few tasty ones that include coconut water.

Witches’ Brew

2 oz pineapple and cranberry juices mixed together

2 oz. CocosPure coconut water

2 oz. Malibu coconut rum

Pour over ice into frosted glasses. Drink immediately!

 

Bloody Mary

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1 cup sliced strawberries

3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

1 shot of white rum (optional)

Blend water, sweetener and strawberries in a blender. Pour over ice and top with rum. Pour a bit of strawberry syrup down the side of the glasses to look like blood. More recipes here.

 

Creepy Eyeball Martini

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3 oz. lychee juice

2 oz Solerno blood orange liqueur

2 oz. CocosPure coconut water

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add in all the cocktail ingredients, shake well and divide between two martini glasses. Take a couple of the lychee fruits and put blueberries in them to make the “eyeballs” either sink a couple into the drinks or skewer and rest on top. Serve drinks chilled. Read more recipes here.

Do you have a favorite Halloween drink recipe? Don’t keep it a secret. Pass it on to us and we will make sure to post it. Remember that by adding coconut water you make all that alcohol healthier (in moderation, that is).

 

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Coconut Water Weight Loss Smoothies

Do you like smoothies? We do too. They are easy to blend, they taste great and they can use up all those left over ingredients in your refrigerator. Our Cocos and Cocos Pure coconut water are excellent for weight loss smoothies since they are very low in calories and have an excellent natural sweet taste without any added sugar, additives or preservatives.

We’d like to introduce you to a couple of websites where you will find a lifetime supply of yummy smoothies with coconut water.

On this site https://www.pinterest.com/explore/coconut-water/ you will have not only the pictures but the recipes as well. All you have to do is click the picture, then the “Visit” button. What could be better than all the cool recipes in one place with inviting pictures as well?

Kokomo Detox

Kokomo DetoxHere’s one that we often use called Kokomo Detox. I try to make it once a week, and I’m able to use kale that is so good for you. It is a bright green color – very healthy and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup pineapple (or pineapple juice)
  • 1 cup Cocos / Cocos Pure coconut water (it is 100% pure – not from concentrate)
  • 2 cups kale

 

Directions:

  1. Just blend and enjoy 🙂

 

Iced Coconut Coffee

Iced Coconut CoffeeHere’s another favorite of ours: cold brew iced coffee made with coconut water. By brewing the coffee cold, it loses the bitterness and acidity and tastes just wonderful over ice.

Here’s how to make it:

    1. Put coarse ground coffee beans in a French press or glass bowl.
    2. Add cold Cocos / Cocos Pure coconut water (it is 100% pure – not from concentrate)
    3. Refrigerate for 12 hours
    4. Strain out the beans or push down the French press plunger.
    5. It will already be sweet from the coconut water, but adding a small drop of cream is heavenly.

 

 

 

This website has great ideas for weight loss smoothies as well: http://www.superskinnyme.com/how-to-make-a-weight-loss-smoothie.html It really is effective to drink smoothies that are high in protein and vitamins when you are on a diet.

 

Cocos / Cocos-Pure Weight Loss Smoothie

Cocos / Cocos-Pure Weight Loss SmoothieThis is one of our favorites. It is so versatile because you can mix and match whatever you have in your fridge at the time.

Here’s how to make one:

      1. Use thickeners such as chia seeds and frozen fruit
      2. Use Cocos / Cocos-Pure as a low fat base. Skip the juices as they are high in calories.
      3. Add a good quality protein powder. One scoop is enough.
      4. Then add one tablespoon of high quality fats such as avocados, nut butters or flax seeds
      5. Go easy on the sweeteners. Use Stevia or other natural sweeteners. Flavor with green tea, ginger or cinnamon instead.
      6. I like to add some unsweetened cocoa powder as well. What could be better than a chocolate drink without the calories?

 

Do you have any favorite recipes? Let us know and we will gladly post them on our website.

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Coconut Water Smoothies

smoothie-recipes-using-coconut-water_500x333pxCoconut water is a rich liquid full of vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. It is also low on sugar, making it a great alternative to the usual soft drinks. In addition, it mixes well with other ingredients to form great smoothies. Coconut water smoothies are the best!

Remember, our Cocos-Pure pure coconut water is without added sugar, preservatives, chemicals or additives.

Cocos-Pure is a great ingredient for smoothies as it is a versatile mixer. Here’s a great resource with pictures. It includes over 50 different coconut water smoothies including high protein smoothies, tropical smoothies, detox smoothies, anti-inflammatory pain relief smoothie and finally a section called “smoothies for everything” such a weight loss, belly buster, muscle building and the energizer.

Smoothies are easiest to make with a blender. Just place or pour the ingredients in and turn on the machine. It’s so fast and nutritious – great for people in a hurry. It’s also a wonderful way to use greens or other ingredients you might not like to eat raw or plain. I myself don’t care much for kale, but mixed into smoothies the taste of kale blends well with pineapple juice, fruit and of course coconut water.

Want more recipes? According to HelloGlow.com, “We’ve talked about the best vitamins for beautiful skin before, but here’s a quick refresher in case you missed it. As we age our skin loses its elasticity, it can start to look dull, those darn age spots might start popping up. Number one important thing to do is stay hydrated. Here are some awesome beauty smoothie ingredients to keep your skin happy and glowing……. This smoothie uses a coconut water base that is not only rehydrating, but a good source of magnesium and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of Vitamins C and B. It’s an excellent way to replenish electrolytes.” The recipe calls for frozen mango and strawberries with fresh carrots and coconut water. I have found that frozen strawberries and mango need to be chopped first before adding to a smoothie. Otherwise they won’t blend and add that thickening quality.

Whatever you like to add, just experiment and discover some awesome combinations on your own. Who knows. You may grow to like coffee in smoothies or how about a chocolate coconut smoothie? The important aspect is to start with fresh, organic ingredients and then build from there. That includes the coconut water produced by Cocos Pure. It’s free of GMOs, food additives and harsh preservatives. You’ll like the taste plain or mixed into one the thousands of smoothie recipes. Try it – you’ll like it.

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Coconut Water Benefits You Might Not Know

CoCos-Pure_464x467pxYou may know that coconut water from a young coconut with a green husk is full of vitamins and minerals. Besides it tastes great. Not every food or drink that is good for you tastes as good as coconut water. In a previous article I spelled out the coconut water benefits. However, according to Allison Martin writing for Lifehack , there are other benefits you might not know about, and I suspect you’ll never find them in a medical journal or even a newspaper. Here are some of them.

 Coconut Water Benefits You Might Not Know

  1. Weight Loss Aid – Coconut water is low in calories but it suppresses your appetite with the full nature of the liquid.
  2. Skin Toner – Coconut water is a perfect natural remedy for skin blemishes and other skin problems. Why buy expensive toners and lotions when you can use something natural?
  3. The Ultimate Hangover Remedy – Next time you overdo it and drink more than your belly can handle, consume coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.”
  4. Digestive Aid – I have often turned to coconut water after eating too much spicy food or food from questionable sources. It’s been a lifesaver not to end up in bed for a day.
  5. Hydration Boost – During vigorous exercise the body loses vitamin-rich fluids and mineral content. Coconut water is a good replacement and contains twice the amount of potassium and certainly one-fifth of the sugar that most sports drink contains.
  6. Reduction of Blood Pressure – Coconut water is rich in 5 electrolytes present in the body which help reduce blood pressure problems. “These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.”
  7. Emergency Infusion for Blood Loss – Because coconut water is compatible to human blood, it can be use in emergency situations to hydrate the body until blood transfusions are available.

Thus obtaining pure coconut water such as the products available through CocosPure, can be a healthy alternative, a remedy for illness and even an emergency blood transfusion.

 

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Create Glowing Skin and Hair with Coconut Water

There are so many benefits from coconut water for your health. It’s chock full of vitamins and minerals plus electrolytes like sodium and potassium. It’s a great diet food as well with only 40 calories per serving with low fat and cholesterol content.

However, the benefits don’t stop there. It’s great for you skin and hair as well. According to Namrata Kothari writing for the online publication, Green Tribe, there are seven benefits for you skin and hair.

Anti-aging – Everyone can benefit by drinking and applying coconut water topically to the skin. “Coconut water contains anti-microbial powerhouse called lauric acid that helps protect against skin infections. It also contains protein called cytokines that is responsible for encouraging cell growth and cell activation.”

Fights acne – Applying coconut water topically helps heal the skin. “Coconut water has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that reduces the risk of acne causing microbial infection and helps in getting a clear and flawless skin.”

Natural cleanser and toner – Coconut water is the most gentle and natural cleanser by hydrating without oil. It regulates the pH balance which is often a problem when blemishes are present.

Protects against sunburn – Apply coconut water after too much sun, let it soak in for 30 minutes and feel the difference. The anti-oxidant and vitamin C properties combat that burning destruction.

Tames frizzy hair – Oil is a bit heavy to apply to the hair but coconut water is perfect and effective for this purpose.

Reduces hair loss – Just massage in coconut water and let the Vitamin K and iron go to work to strengthen hair. “Similarly Iron carries the oxygen to the roots making them stronger and reducing hair fall. Just massage your hair with coconut water and leave it in for stronger hair.”

Treats dandruff and dry scalp – The water hydrates the scalp and soaks into the scalp to treat these common problems without special chemicals or harsh shampoos.

While coconut water is considered safe for everyone and has no recorded side effects, it is better to check with a health practitioner for anyone who is allergic to tree nuts or has high blood pressure. Want one of the best sources of pure coconut water?

 

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More Coconut Water Benefits

CocosPure Coconut WaterHave you noticed the increase in coconut water products – not just in the health food stores but in the big grocery store chains too? Why the growing popularity? There must be lots of coconut water benefits.

More coconut water benefits

Coconut water is the liquid from a young coconut. Eventually the liquid forms into the coconut meat. If you have ever had a drink served inside a fresh coconut you would find the fresh, slightly sweet juice and perhaps some soft coconut meat (sort of like pudding) that you can spoon out. To find out how much liquid is inside, simply shake the young green coconut and you can hear the amount that is inside.

One time in Mexico we were given fresh coconuts with the tops cut off. The bartender had made a drink with the coconut water, pineapple juice and tequila. I think he called it, “coco loco”. “Loco” in Spanish means “crazy”. If you drink too many you might end up confused or drunk – not sure about crazy.

Anyway, back to the coconut water benefits. Not all coconut water products are the same. I’m sorry to say some are full of sugar, other juices, chemical preservatives and flavor enhancers. It’s a good idea to read the labels before you buy. Better yet, just purchase CocosPure coconut water.

Here are the benefits of CocosPure coconut water:

  1. Only single-origin coconut water is used.
  2. All products are 100% all natural with no sugar, artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives.
  3. They are all gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and fat-free.
  4. One can of CocosPure coconut water contains twice the amount of potassium as a fresh banana.
  5. Coconut water is also a source of calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, proteins and vitamins B & C.
  6. CocosPure has developed a process using low-heat pasteurization designed to preserve the vitamin and mineral content.

 

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