Coconut water is becoming more and more popular today and is said to be extremely healthy. The trendy drink, which originally comes from South America, is known for its strong isotonic effects, which is why it is often offered in the gym as a natural alternative to the man-made sports drinks, and it is believed that it can also help with weight loss. In this article you can find out whether this is the truth, which nutrients coconut water contains and what effects it has on the body!
Coconut water: what is it actually?
One often confuses coconut water with coconut milk, although neither look nor taste the same. This is actually due to the widespread assumption that the coconut milk is inside the coconut – in reality it is made from the pulp of the ripe coconuts, while the coconut water is found in the still young, green fruits. Since there are no green coconuts on the market in Germany, you can only buy coconut water in a beverage carton – it is available in well-stocked supermarkets and health food stores. The slightly cloudy liquid might surprise you with its taste – it doesn’t taste like coconut, as you would expect, but has a slightly sweet taste with a sour note. The drink is actually very refreshing, and if you like it, it could partially replace drinking water in everyday life. In comparison, the coconut milk tastes pleasantly like coconut and is a real calorie bomb because its fat content is around 20 percent! However, it is widely used in Asian cuisine as an ingredient in many dishes.
Coconut water as an isotonic drink
As mentioned above, coconut water has an isotonic effect – this actually means that the ratio of nutrients to liquids in it corresponds exactly to that of human blood. For this reason, coconut water is a very good thirst-reliever and can supply the body with minerals again after a workout, which is why it is so popular with athletes. It is also a wonderful alternative to the usual soft drinks and sports drinks, as it is low in fat and sugar, but also contains many vital nutrients. These include various vitamins such as C, B1 and B2, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, and some trace elements such as iron and zinc. Coconut water is also very rich in potassium – with a proportion of 600-700 mg per 250 ml it could prevent arrhythmia and various lung diseases that arise from a potassium deficiency. The drink is also really low in calories – it only contains 16-20 calories per 100 ml, around 40 calories for a glass!
Coconut water healthy: Can you lose weight faster with it?
Because of its low fat and sugar content, coconut water is often referred to as a miracle cure for weight loss. That is true, but only partially. Because the drink can neither accelerate the metabolism nor stimulate fat burning. It is only a healthy alternative to soft drinks with a general positive effect on the organism. You should therefore not expect miracles from it – it does not work without exercise and a healthy diet! Coconut water can do a lot more for your skin and hair because it is rich in antioxidants that promote rapid cell regeneration.
Recipe for smoothie with coconut water
The coconut water is used both as a drink and in the kitchen. In summer it tastes best straight out of the fridge. You can also use it to prepare many refreshing drinks such as non-alcoholic cocktails and healthy smmothies. For example, you can try the following recipe yourself:
• 150 ml organic coconut water
• 100g papaya
• 100g watermelon (pulp)
• 1 banana
First, you should peel all the fruit and core the papya and watermelon. Then put the fruits in the blender, pour the coconut water over them and puree everything well. You can put the smoothie in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and enjoy it as a snack or with breakfast!