Coconut water is the pellucid liquid substance the young, green coconut fruit contain inside of them. Ripe fruits contain way less liquid substance than immature coconuts. The coconut liquid should not be confused with the coconut milk - the white liquid obtained from the grated coconut flesh, called the coconut meat.
At its nuclear stage of development, the water functions as a suspension for the endosperm of the coconut. During further growing, at the cellular stage, there occurs the development of the endosperm, which later deposits into the flesh of the coconut meat.
The sugar, vitamin and minerals, proteins and antioxidants content makes the fruit water one of the most useful drinks which favors lots of health benefits. The fresh bottled coconut water available in many tropical areas and countries like India, Africa, South America has been long enjoyed by a lot of people as an alternative to different beverages like sodas, various juices, smoothies etc.
This refreshing, replenishing drink is now getting highly popular among sportsmen. Many of them prefer this coconut liquid to other sports drinks. They claim that it restores their energy and powers, revives the vigor of the body better than any drink they have ever consumed.
The water also possesses low calories content, contains a high level of potassium (more than it is in four bananas). The cytokinins content is instrumental in cell growth and division. The substance provides an electrolyte balance, replacing the fluid and salts lost from the body during, say, strenuous training.
The coconuts are usually picked from the palm tree when they are young and green. To collect the water it is necessary to drill a hole in the shell of the fruit and then let it drain out into a jug or any other vessel. Coconuts fallen off from the tree are prone to decaying and no longer can be used in food.
Coconuts for drinking can be found sold in many places. Mainly these fruits are the Asian coconuts. First, it is necessary to get rid of the green shell. The rest should be packed in plastic. There are lots of street vendors selling fresh coconut fruits. Often to assure the customers that the water is fresh, the green husk of the fruit is removed by a vendor right on the spot. You can also find the water packed in cans, bottles and some other packages. The water of the coconut tastes sweet and nutty.
Consuming coconut water and including it into the diet can help reduce the sodium level and increase that of the potassium. It is a great source of nutritious properties. The substance can serve as a hangover remedy. The liquid is also a perfect means of hydrating the organism. For that matter, this water is a good thirst quencher.
Though some sources state that if you want to stay hydrated, you have to drink large amounts of the coconut liquid and only in this case the consumption of this liquid will be effective. Despite of the low calories content, however, you should be careful. You should in no way abuse it since consuming it several times a day, the calories would deposit and you would gain weight. The nutritionists recommend to drink it moderately.
Even though the health benefit of the coconut water is obvious, all the fuss over its properties is rather disputable. The marketing campaign is somewhat overacting toward its healing properties. The water is presented in a favorable light making it a universal cure in the customers` eyes. Some aspects of the water qualities like the ability to reduce nausea and help prevent kidney failure should still be studied.
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