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Coconut Water: Tropical Taste of Health

Posted Apr 06 2010 7:27am

Fresh coconutsDo you know that drinking coconut water is one of the healthiest ways to hydrate the human body? In tropical countries, people have known about coconut water health benefits for many years. Now, it’s finally making an impact in the North American market.

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts . As the fruit matures, the coconut water gradually is replaced by the coconut meat and air. It is naturally fat-free and low in food energy with only 16.7 calories per 100 grams. Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned or bottled. The preparation of fresh coconuts is quite simple: crack the fruit, generally the top part, and stick a straw in it (although cracking may not be as easy as it sounds).

Coconuts for drinking are carefully packaged and sold in many places, typically Asian coconuts whose outer green husk has been removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic. In Brazil, coconut water is the second best-selling juice after orange juice and is sold in cans, marketed as a sports drink because of its high potassium and mineral content. In fact, one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana.

Coconut water deliveries good nutritional value and promote several health benefits. Studies have shown that drinking coconut water may keep the body cool and at proper temperature, carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, replenish the body’s fluids after exercise, raise the metabolism, and promote weight loss.

In addition, it’s a delicious and refreshing beverage. Most companies offer coconut water blends with peach or tangerine as well as with tropical fruits such as mango or passion fruit.

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