Coconut water comes from the young, green coconut. As the coconut matures, the water is absorbed into the white meat, and liquid can be extracted from the white meat to consume as a beverage. Coconuts are native to the Pacific Islands and Asia.
One cup of coconut water contains 46 calories. Carbohydrates make up the majority of the calorie content, with 8.9 grams per 1-cup serving, of which 6.26 grams are from sugar. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you need to consume 28 grams of fiber per day, based on a typical 2,000-calorie diet. Coconut water offers 2.6 grams, or 9.3 percent of your daily needs for fiber. Coconut water contains 1.78 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of total fat.
Electrolytes, Sugar & Vitamins
Coconut water is very refreshing and rich in sugar, electrolytes and minerals – available in the natural form in most sterile conditions. It is a natural isotonic drink where the electrolyte levels are similar to those found in the human body.
Potassium: Lowers arterial blood pressure
Glucose: Natural Source of energy
Vitamin C: Shields and protects the body from ailments such as scurvy
Vitamin B: Replaces damaged tissues and cells
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
- Skin: Hydration and treatment
Every organ in your body, including skin, requires water to function properly. While water is always the preferred choice for hydration, the occasional glass of coconut water is a healthy option for hydration, especially for those who need flavor in their beverages.
Coconut water can be applied to affected skin areas with acne, spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema. Leave it on the area overnight and use for two to three weeks or as needed. It clears up the skin and gives you a youthful-looking smooth skin. It can be applied to hands and nails for its smoothening and repairing properties.
- Diabetes: Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose levels
- Weight Loss: Burns Fat faster by increasing metabolic rate, low in calories, fat free, cholesterol free
- Antioxidants: Fights free radicals against Cancer, Alzheimer’s and infection
- Cytokinins: Healing and repair, anti-ageing, anti-cancer, anti-thrombolytic
- Heart: Lowers Blood Pressure and Boosts Cardiovascular Health
- Kidneys: Dissolves kidney stones
Make sure you also enjoy the delicious coconut meat. Young coconut meat is the soft, rich-tasting flesh of green coconuts, produced from the coconut palm tree. Before they fully mature, coconuts are green, with a thicker, fibrous outer shell. The juice from young coconuts is a refreshing and hydrating beverage, while the young meat can be eaten as is or shredded and mixed with the juice for extra texture.
Cheers to Healthy Living!
Shireen Fernandez, M.D.
Dr. Shireen’s Wellness Living©