Coconut Water for Health

In tropical countries, it is common to see people climbing on coconut trees to harvest their fruits.  There are a lot of things they can do with coconuts, from coconut meat, coconut milk, to coconut oil.  They also drink the refreshing water that comes out of the young coconuts. 

Coconut water is the liquid found inside young, green coconuts.  As the coconut ages, the water is replaced by coconut meat.  Although the coconut meat has some amount of fat, its water is free from fat, while the meat of the young coconut is as soft as a jelly.  Take note that coconut milk is different from coconut water, as the former is gathered from older coconuts.

It may not be well-known among Americans, but coconut water is more than just refreshment, as it is a natural source of electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous.  Coconut water also contains twice the amount of potassium compared to a banana.

Coconut water is available in the United States in different varieties, such as those infused with fruit juice, which can be a bit too sweet for some people.  Meanwhile, straight coconut water is available in packs costing between $1.50 to $2, while young coconuts are also available in Asian stores for $2 and can yield about 12 ounces of water.

The taste would differ depending on the age of coconut.  Water from young coconuts taste fresh yet strong and deep, while those from older coconuts are sweeter and have a pronounced almond taste.  While coconut water can be a little bit more expensive compared to tap water, the health benefits-not to mention the taste-can be worth it.