Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropical countries where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled.
What is coconut water ?
Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digestible carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts.
Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating – these are just a few of the many benefits ascribed to America’s latest health craze: coconut water.
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It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink.
Coconut water has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices. Plain coconut water could be a better choice for adults and kids looking for a beverage that is less sweet. But don’t overdo it, says Lillian Cheung, D.Sc, RD, of Harvard School of Public Health. “One 11-ounce container has 60 calories and if you drink several in one day, the calories can add up quickly,” Cheung says.
Cheung, co-author of Savor Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, suggests being mindful about beverage choices and reading labels to choose plain coconut water and avoid those with added sugar or juices, which are no different from other sugary beverages!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER
Here are reasons why you should drink fresh coconut water regularly.
Regulates blood pressure
According to research, coconut water helps improve blood circulation, lowers high blood pressure levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues. It is also said to control your blood sugar levels.
Help lose weight
If you are on a weight loss spree, coconut water should be a must-have in your diet chart. Low in fat, drinking this beverage can help one feel full and reduce cravings.
Rich in nutrients and vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and pyridoxine, and folates, coconut water has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can help increase your body’s immune system and fight viral infections like flu.
For pregnant women
Doctors often recommend coconut water during pregnancy as it helps fight constipation, heart burn and slow digestion.
Improves kidney function
Due to its minerals, potassium and magnesium content, coconut water is beneficial to a person suffering from any kidney disease. This water also acts as a diuretic and increases the flow and production of urine.
For your skin
If you have acne or pimple problems, pigmentation or want to retain its youthfulness, apply coconut water on your face and leave it overnight. Due to its repairing properties, it can even be applied to hands and nails.Wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots are bound to appear as your skin ages. But with proper care, these signs of aging can be delayed.The potent combination of coconut water and yogurt exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, and reduces signs of aging.
Research has shown that vitamin C can help remove pigmentation. This is why coconut water, which is a naturally rich source of vitamin C, works well in reducing tan and blemishes.
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