Coconut water is another novelty from the West, which is slowly entering the range of European supermarkets. This drink, very popular among celebrities, turns out to be something more than a specific fashion for exotic products. I invite you to the following text to see the positive effect of coconut liquid on our body.
What is coconut water?
Agua de coco, or coconut water, is the name of a transparent fluid obtained from green coconuts. In contrast to the popular milk from this plant, the water is free of fatty compounds. The liquid has a slightly nutty aftertaste. What’s more, it is a very good alternative to isotonic drinks, recommended to athletes because of the enormity of ingredients contained in it. In addition to the above, it is worth adding that coconut water is a substrate for the production of coconut vinegar and the popular dessert – nata de coco.
Coconut water – properties
The popularity of coconut water can be proved by the fact that this product is used by big show business stars. Fashion for coconut consumption began in the United States and is slowly beginning to reach European areas. Even on the shelves of Polish stores, you can often see bottles filled with nut juice. The only question is, is this fashion for the pro-health properties of this product its real justification? Or maybe we are once again exposed to the effectiveness of advertising slogans?
In practice, it turns out that coconut water can really be considered as one of the healthiest drinks in the world. This can be confirmed by a complete lack of fat and artificial carbohydrates. The composition of coconut water contains only natural sugars derived directly
from the plant. The content of these carbohydrates is much smaller than in most popular drinks or fruit juices.
Another and equally important property of coconut water is the presence of a large amount of minerals. Coconut liquid is a treasury of vitamins
from group B, which have up to five different types in this product. In addition, a high dose of vitamin C determines the antioxidant properties of this preparation. What’s more, this water is a very good source of many elements such as phosphorus, potassium and calcium.
Coconut water also has essential amino acids like phenylalanine, histidine, lysine or tryptophan. These compounds determine the correctness of physiological reactions and the functioning of our metabolism. It is also worth mentioning two important substances contained in this fluid. The first of these is kinetin, which leads to delayed skin aging processes. The other one is lauric acid, which in turn is transformed in our system into a monolaurin. This product has antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Use of coconut water
Thanks to the richness of numerous minerals, coconut water can serve athletes as an isotonic drink. Deprived of unnecessary fats and carbohydrates, it is a very good alternative to popular products that smuggle in their composition a number of filling substances. A large dose of potassium, which is in an optimal proportion with glucose, is an ideal solution as an irrigation product – the problem can only be a fairly original taste, which can not suit everyone. The following table confirms the good effect of coconut water.
Coconut water is not only used in sport – it has a very wide range of applications. Among them, you should pay attention primarily to
– beneficial effects on the circulatory and nervous system;
– antispasmodic action;
– regulation of blood pressure;
– protection against myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis;
– improvement of eye function;
– acceleration of wound healing;
– stimulation of intestinal and kidney function;
– increasing the body’s resistance;
– supporting the body in removing the effects of excessive ethanol.
The total lack of fats and the presence of natural carbohydrates are a very good solution for people on a diet. Coconut water can be successfully used by persons reducing excessive body mass as a substitute for sweet and fattening beverages. It is worth adding that a 100 ml portion of this product contains only 24 calories. In addition, the water intensifies the work of our digestive system and effectively hydrates our body, which is also beneficial when fighting with unnecessary kilograms.
The price of coconut water depends on several factors. First of all, it depends on whether we are going to buy a pure product or a supplement based on this ingredient, but with additional substances. In addition, the value of coconut water depends on the weight and brand of the manufacturer. Coconut water occurs both in liquid form and in the form of tablets. The price of the supplement varies between PLN 10 and PLN 30.Posted on: December 18, 2019