Coconut water is gaining ground outside exotic countries and has already invaded Portuguese supermarkets. Come discover everything about the new fashion drink!
The coconut water is a food increasingly demanded by consumers worldwide.
Its growing demand is an example of this trend, so it is already marketed in several European countries, including Portugal, as a healthy drink and even as a natural sports drink.
However, in tropical countries like Brazil, it has been consumed for a long time, because it is a refreshing drink, but also because it believes in its curative power, based on ancient traditions and cultural beliefs.
In fact, growing concern about health and fitness has boosted the consumption of natural beverages in order to hydrate and provide nutrients beneficial to the body.
Coconut water is the liquid that naturally forms inside the coconut, which in addition to water, also provides pulp, milk and oil .
Coconut water exists in greater quantity when the fruit is still green and is a pleasant drink, with sweet and sweet flavor. It corresponds to only 25% of the gross weight of the immature coconut, and as it matures, it loses water and gains pulp.
NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITION OF COCONUT WATER
Coconut water unique nutritional properties that can make it into one of the “trendy” drinks for the best reasons.
Being mostly water (94%), vitamin C , B vitamins (especially B1, B2 and B5), vitamin A and minerals (mainly potassium , magnesium , sodium, calcium and phosphorus), is a food very low in calories, great for those who care about the scales.
In addition, it also provides a small amount of sugars, amino acids and lipids, and also phytohormones, namely cytokinins, gibberellins, auxins, abscisic acid and ethylene, with important biological functions.
As mentioned above, the nutritional value of coconut water and its taste will vary according to the maturation stage. A medium green coconut provides about 300 ml of coconut water, containing about 50-60 kcal, derived mainly from simple carbohydrates (sugars).
From the sixth month, pulp becomes more consistent and there is a marked decrease in water, sugars and minerals, while increasing fat and protein levels.
The combination of mineral salts of coconut water is unique and can be used in situations where rapid replacement of electrolytes is required, more precisely in rehydration after intense physical exercise or other activity in which high perspiration occurs, in the rehydration of patients with gastrointestinal problems and / or when nutritional deficiencies of certain minerals such as calcium and magnesium are detected.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER
Coconut water is considered a natural moisturizer and isotonic, being a solution more effective than water to hydrate and replenish nutrients that are lost due to heat and physical effort.
As for phytohormones, they have antioxidant properties and, consequently, benefits in protection against some types of cancer, namely skin, breast and multiple myeloma.
However, despite the promising health benefits, the scientific evidence is still limited, and further scientific studies are needed to solidly test its benefits and officially establish a recommended dose.
COCONUT WATER CONTRAINDICATIONS
Although it is the ideal drink to cope with the summer heat waves, coconut water should not be consumed in excess as it can cause diarrhea.
Particularly people suffering from diabetes , kidney disease or hypertension should be especially careful about the amount they consume, since this drink provides enough sodium and glucose. In these cases, one should not exceed the intake of 600 ml of coconut water per day.