In Sanskrit coconuts are called “kelapa vrisha” which means “ tree that gives all that is necessary for living”, but what does that mean? What are the benefits of coconut water specifically, and is there anything you should you be aware of?
What is coconut water?
Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside a young, green coconut. Usually, young coconuts are harvested at the age of 5 – 7 month. That’s when they contain the most water and nutrients. As the coconut matures the liquid gets replaced slowly with the coconut meat. This meat is tasty, but be aware: it is also high in calories! So this means the more mature a coconut, the sweeter the water gets, which sometimes could create gas in our intestine after drinking.
A 600 ml Avocado Café Coconut water bottle contains approximately: 115 -120 kcal, 4 g Protein, 0,0 g Fat, 22,3 g Carbohydrates, 15,8 g sugars,
150 mg Magnesium, 120 mg Phosphorus, 1,5 g Potassium, 2,1 g Sodium, 0,5 g Zinc
As you can read above coconut water contains multiple minerals that are ideal for human health.The high content of potassium and the natural sugars make it the perfect electrolyte beverage. This means that it has the same balance of minerals as our own blood plasma, which is helpful for refill stores during exercise.
Other health benefits due the high amount of minerals
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts energy
- Increases athletic performance
- Relaxes muscle tension
With all these benefits how much should we get per day?
It is a great alternative to any other sodas or electrolyte drinks and it’s pretty refreshing to consume on a hot day, to help re- hydrate.
Just make sure that you get the coconut water from a fresh young coconut and drink not more than 1 per day. As always: moderation is the key!
You can get your daily dose of fresh and cold coconut water every day at Avocado Cafe and also try our new and home made Coconut – Lemon – Aloe-vera juice!!