Coconut water is often spoken in the same breath as a superfood. At organic stores, they are the beverage of choice and it is making a splash as more and more health and fitness gurus are paying more attention to what they drink. What used to be energy water has now been swapped for bottles of these cool water. But are they just a fad or something here to stay?

 

How Is Coconut Water Obtained?

As you would have guessed, coconut water is procured from the centre cavity of the fruit that grows on large palm trees called cocos nucifera. This water is the liquid that is found within the hard husk of a coconut and its intended use is to nourish the fruit — through the 12 months it takes the coconut to mature, some of that juice ripens into the white flesh within the husk. To get the sweet refreshing coconut water from the fruit, you could either do as the primates do in the wild, by cracking open the husk with a hard object or through the technology of a dedicated extraction machine that factories utilise for the added speed and quality.

 

Difference Between Coconut Milk And Coconut Water

It is important to make the distinction between coconut water and coconut milk. In our Asian cuisine, we use coconut milk regularly in the preparation of traditional Peranakan food like Nasi Lemak and curry and these can be easily obtained either fresh or in mini cartons from the grocery store. However, coconut milk consists of around 50% of water and is extremely high in fat due to the combination of water with grated coconut flesh. Coconut water, on the other hand, forms naturally in the fruit and consists of around 94% of water and minimal fat. Even though coconut milk still retains the same nutrients like protein, potassium and other vitamins, a cup of coconut milk contains about 11 times more calories than that same amount in coconut water. If we were to weigh the pros and cons, the nutritional benefits in coconut milk are overshadowed by the exorbitant amount of calories and saturated fat.

 

What Are Some Benefits Of Coconut Water?

Most of us enjoy coconut water as an ice cold refreshing drink especially when we take long walks by the beach, but did you know that there is more to it than a great thirst quencher? Read on to find out why coconut water should be your drink of choice.

Coconut Water Have Antioxidant Properties

It cannot be dismissed how coconut water has the ability to help us stay on the right track to a healthy body and life. Did you know, during the metabolism process, our cells produce free radicals that are incredibly unstable. As the number of free radicals adds up, our body goes into what is known as oxidative stress, that causes our cells to be damaged and we run a higher risk of diseases and illnesses. It has been found that antioxidants actually help limit the damage inflicted by free radicals and those very same antioxidants can be found in large quantities in coconut water. After ingesting coconut water for a period of time, you would start to see signs of improvement to your skin like the lighter appearance of wrinkles and signs of ageing. When your skin cells are shielded from free radicals, your skin is able to tend to and heal itself faster from any lesions or damage on the exterior.

Coconut Water Prevents Kidney Stones

It might strike us at moments that we wouldn’t expect since kidney stones can be formed over time without warning. If you don’t know what kidney stones are, they are what happens when calcium, oxalate and other compounds come together to create crystals in your urine that turn into stones. As these stones roll about through your urinary tract, they could cause you to have intense pain in the groin or when you visit the loo. It has been discovered that coconut water helps to prevent those crystals from clumping to the kidneys and in the other areas within the urinary tract. With coconut water, you are essentially keeping your

Coconut Water Helps Hydrate You

After exercise, it is common to lose a lot of water and electrolytes that are drained from our body when we sweat. While water would help undo the effects of dehydration, they do not play a part in replenishing the electrolytes that are lost. Do not downplay what these electrolytes do in our body since they take on many roles in our body while ensuring our fluids are balanced. To get the inside scoop on coconut water, researchers ran a study with participants who worked out and discovered that coconut water was more effective in restoring hydration than normal H2O would. If you are comparing coconut water to sports beverages that are high in electrolytes, know that coconut water still takes first place due to the inclusion of sugar like glucose, sucrose and fructose that are found in these sweet sports drink.