Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young and still green coconuts, not to be confused with coconut milk. As the fruit matures, the coconut water gradually is replaced by the coconut meat. A very young coconut has very little meat, and the meat is very tender, almost a gel. Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in Southeast Asia, the PacificIslands like Hawaii and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned or bottled. It is naturally fat free and low in food energy.
Often also shlivers of coconut fruit meat ( pulp) is added, which are seen as white spots in the drink.
Is coconut water the future sports drink? In fact, fresh coconut water from young coconuts is said to be a future competitor to the commercially available sports drinks; such as Gatorade, etc. Fresh coconut water has an incredibly refreshing flavor, thirst quenching taste and usable fats for the active physical body. As well, many roadside vendors in the tropics offer green coconuts for sale to travelers so as to refresh their bodies and minds.
What are the health benefits?
Coconut water is naturally packed with electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. It is loaded with potassium: it actually contains 15 times more potassium than a sports drink or twice as much as a banana. So if you sweat a lot after a workout, you might be better off going for coconut water to prevent muscle cramps. (It's also a great hangover fixer.)
It's roughly 60 calories per serving, and there's no saturated fat or added sugar, so coconut water is figure-friendly.
Minerals:Young coconut water is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Magnesium, potassium and calcium are abundantly available in coconut water.
Vitamins:Vitamin B6, niacin and folic acid are three of the eight essential B vitamins that are primarily responsible for absorbing and using nutrients in foods. Coconut water also has some vitamin C.
Amino Acids:Amino acids are abundant in coconut water. Amino acids are fats that are not produced by the body. Optimum health requires a diet rich in essential amino acids.
Anti-oxidants:Coconut water is a good source of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants preserve and protect the cellular structure against free radical damage.
Nutrition:Coconut water is low in calories while still being high in nutrition. One cup of coconut water has 46 calories and 4 fat calories.