Since I was a child I’ve been drinking coconut water. It’s a tradition my grandparents brought with them to Canada from the Caribbean. I can remember playing in their backyard with my cousins and pausing only to guzzle this soft, fresh and lightly flavored coconut refreshment. On family vacations back to the homeland, I had the pleasure of drinking the nectar straight from the coconut – the definition of simple luxury!
The ten year old me didn’t realize the wonderful benefits of drinking coconut water. Coconut water, which is the “juice” found inside of a coconut, contains a mere 1% of fat and possesses a low carbohydrate and sugar content. It’s one of the best ways to hydrate the body, giving water a run for its money, and because of coconut water’s ability to hydrate, it helps the body execute its key metabolic functions. Coconut water is also a proven antifungal, anti-viral and anti-microbial that aids the body in fighting disease and infection, and most recently, coconut water and oil have been the subject of heavy research for it’s ability to reduce the viral load in people with HIV and AIDS.
More nutritious facts about coconut water
Coconut water is also an excellent source of calcium with no cholesterol, making it an excellent choice for people who are lactose intolerant whom often struggle to meet their daily calcium requirements. And for those embarking on a weight loss journey, coconut water promotes weight loss by helping to boost metabolism naturally by hydrating and preventing bloating. For people who live with diabetes, sipping coconut water is a known holistic method for balancing blood sugars.
There are so many benefits to consuming coconut water, and because of its rising popularity, these days you can find coconut water anywhere – from local specialty and ethnic stores to Wal-Mart. So the next time you want to jazz up your bottled water contents, consider the coconut!
The Coco Pineapple Delight
Originally posted TaraDalal.com, this was one we just couldn’t help but share with you!
- 4 cups pineapple cubes
- 2 cups fresh coconut water
- 1 cup tender coconut meat
- 4 tbsp sugar syrup,
- 1 cup crushed ice
For The Garnish:
- 4 mixed fruits wheels
Blend the pineapple cubes, coconut water, coconut met, and syrup until smooth and creamy. Pour a fourth cup of crushed ice in each glass and drizzle your mixture on top. Garnish with a fruit wheel and enjoy!