Heatwave is sweeping across the country. We need to drink as much liquid as possible to keep ourselves hydrated. Next time you have got to quench your thirst, do consider reaching for coconut water. Coconuts, botanically considered a fruit, are found in tropical climates on trees scientifically known as Cocos nucifera.
Coconut water is the clear fluid that is found in the center cavity of a young and green coconut. The water that is best suitable for drinking comes from coconuts that are around 6 months of age. Though you can found water in mature coconut fruits but the quanitiy will less compared to young coconut. It is important to note that around 95 per cent of coconut water is just water and people should not confuse it with coconut milk. Coconut milk contains around 50 per cent of water and is quite high in fat.
It is also rich in electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and sodium, all of which help to replenish lost nutrients. This clearly means that coconut water is a good drink – although it is not any better than water. Most people prefer to drink coconut water after exercise or during a mild illness.
One cup of coconut water (around 240 ml) contains
Carbs – 15 grams
Sugar – 8 grams
Calcium – 4 per cent of daily value
Magnesium – 4 per cent of daily value
Phosphorus – 2 per cent of daily value
Potassium – 15 per cent of daily value
Why you should include coconut water in your daily routine:
- It helps in hydration. This liquid beverage has electrolytes and helps the body to replenish the nutrients. This drink is really helpful for those who work out regularly.
- Drinking coconut water could help to remove the extra sodium from your body through urine.
- Coconut juice is very low on calories making it an excellent alternative to other fruit juices.
- Coconut water also helps one to get healthier skin. It might aid in the fight against acne due to its antimicrobial properties.