Every year or so there’s a new super food ‘cure-all that beats all’ taking center stage. Media from around the globe including the U.K., Australia and North America have now deemed the coconut to be the ‘Who’s Who’ of this long lasting trend. As obesity, sickness and disease are clearly on the rise in the Western world, people are trying to discover ways to curb off the many ills that now plague modern society. Maybe after enjoying the sugary taste of German chocolate cakes, macaroons or coconut cream pies to end off a hearty meal, people have woken up from their sugar induced, coconut infused comas and even more, refined sugar haziness. Now they are turning to the juice of the coconut that surprisingly has very little sugar at all. People are now going beyond the flesh and getting right to the center of this drupe. Why the hype? Why the craze? Let’s take a look.
Low in calories, coconut juice is a great aid to weight loss and is a great alternative to sugary drinks. Coconuts are rich in minerals like electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, and are present in coconuts in their natural form.
As well as providing great rehydration after moderate exercise, coconut juice is also a ‘go to’ cure for hangovers.
Coconut juice – or water, if you will- has a refreshing, sweet flavor, and there’s nothing like drinking the juice of a young green coconut. When on the lookout for a fresh coconut, look for one green in color, not the ripened brown ones. A fresh coconut yields the most water. Just give the little guy a shake to determine how much liquid awaits your consumption.
If you’re unable to find a fresh one, packaged coconut juices are filling the shelves in the West, primarily from countries like Thailand and Brazil. Thailand is known worldwide for producing the sweeter tasting coconut. When it comes to purchasing coconuts contained in cans or bottles however, keep in mind that these should not have additives or sweeteners. They will pretty much taste alike, as obviously the main ingredient is the same, coconut water. Flash pasteurization around 71.5-74.5 degrees Celsius (160-165 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 15-30 seconds prevents them from fermenting or spoiling as well as retaining color and flavor. This also helps to keep shelf life for up totwo years. Claims are made that during this process there is no loss of nutrients. I will not go into the debates over fresh juices versus pasteurized juice. Yet, I would surely advise that getting coconut juice directly from the source will always be the best way to go.
By seeing all of the wonderful benefits provided by the coconut, it’s no wonder why it is now being processed, pasteurized and packaged as the latest health trend. But let’s not compete with Mother Nature, since she’s perfectly designed and packaged this delicious elixir for your sweet pleasure. Whether eating or drinking, just be sure to get to a coconut as often as you can to enjoy its botanical goodness.
by Zina Docto
Zina is the founder of “i AM WOMAN”. Educating woman to discover their health and beauty from the inside out: overcome weight issues, sickness and disease.
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