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WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS: Coconuts

I adore the smell of coconuts. When I was a kid, I did not like coconut powder used in some of our local sweets and bakery because other coconut products were not available in North Africa.  But as soon as I traveled and was introduced to the Asian kitchen I fell in love with coconut milk, oil, and water. My first coconut drink straight from the coconut was in Brazil which was a very exciting new experience for me back then. 

Luckily where I live temporarily at the moment, there are plenty of fresh coconuts. They actually just fall on their own at the beach but of course, it's not easy to reach their water. There are locals who sell coconut water on the beach and streets. 

I already knew that coconut where healthy foods but I went anyway and did a research about their help benefits from serval sources which I am sharing with you in this post.


What is coconut water?

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside green, immature coconuts. Young coconuts are favoured for their water as it is tastier, plentiful in volume and easier to access by chopping the top off the softer shell. More mature coconuts have a harder husk and less water inside because it gradually solidifies to form the flesh.
Different varieties of coconut yield slightly different-tasting water depending on where they are grown.
In taste and nutrition, coconut water is different to coconut milk and coconut oil, both of which are made from the flesh of the coconut. Read more about the health benefits of coconut milk and find out how healthy coconut oil really is.


Here are 8 health benefits of coconut water.

Good source of several nutrients. ...
May have antioxidant properties. ...
May have benefits against diabetes. ...
May help prevent kidney stones. ...
May support heart health. ...
May reduce blood pressure. ...
Beneficial after prolonged exercise. ...
Delicious source of hydration.


Can coconut water boost athletic performance?

It has been suggested that consuming coconut water after exercise improves endurance and athletic performance. This is because it contains carbohydrate in the form of glucose (a simple sugar) and the electrolytes sodium and potassium – the crucial components in commercial sports drinks. One study found that coconut water helped to rehydrate in a similar way to a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink, but didn’t have any significant impact on exercise performance. Another small study found no significant difference to athletic performance when drinking coconut water in comparison to plain water. Therefore there is not enough evidence to support the claim that coconut water can improve athletic performance any more than drinking plain water during exercise. Read more about how to stay hydrated when exercising.


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Info source: BBCGoodFoodNCBI

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