In recent years, coconut water has become quite the trendy beverage. Lots of Ghanaians love taking in coconut water. Coconuts grow in tropical climates on trees scientifically known as Cocos Nucifera and are botanically considered a fruit.
Coconut water is the liquid found in the centre of a young green coconut. It helps nourish the fruit. As the coconut matures, which takes around 10–12 months, some of the liquid remains while the rest ripens into the solid white flesh known as coconut meat. In addition to being naturally sweet and hydrating, coconut water is loaded with several important nutrients, including minerals that many people don’t get enough of. Here are some benefits of coconut water to the human body.
Coconut water is a good source of several nutrients. Coconut water contains 94% water and very little fat. It should not be confused with coconut milk, which is made by adding water to grated coconut meat. Coconut milk contains about 50% water and is quite high in fat. One cup(240 ml) contains 60 calories, as well as sugar, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Coconut water contains antioxidants that have shown to be beneficial in research involving rats and mice, but human studies are lacking.
Studies on animals with diabetes suggest that coconut water may improve blood sugar control, but more research involving humans needs to be done. Early research suggests that water from coconuts may help prevent kidney stones by reducing crystals and stone formation.
However, more studies have to be done; specifically involving humans. While there is some evidence that coconut water may be good for heart health, more research centring on humans needs to be done. Coconut water can be consumed directly from green coconuts or bought in bottles. Avoid brands with added sugar, sweeteners, or flavours. Although there are more health benefits, these are just a few of them.
Report by Jeffrey Addy