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Coconut water is the endosperm of a young coconut fruit. Itis one of the most refreshing drinks known to mankind and it is also verybeneficial because it provides numerous health benefits. It gets obtained fromtender and undamaged coconuts. It is a sweet and clear liquid and it containsvarious different sorts of sugars, phyto-hormones, vitamins, cytokines,essential minerals, amino acids, enzymes and electrolytes. The coconut palmcomes from the family of plant trees known as the arecaceae and its ownbotanical name is cocos nucifera. Each coconut may contain up to a liter ofcoconut water. Older nuts tend to contain less water than their youngercounterparts. It is important to note that coconut milk and coconut water aretwo completely different beverages. Coconut palm usually grows in the tropicalgeographical areas.

Coconut Water Nutritional Value

A serving of 100 grams of fresh coconut water contains 19calories (1 percent of the RDA), leucoanthocyanins, 3.71 grams of carbohydrates(3 percent of the RDA), cytokines, 0.72 grams of protein (1.5 percent of theRDA), 0.2 grams of total fat (1 percent of the RDA), auxin, 1.1 grams ofdietary fiber (3 percent of the RDA), 0.1 milligrams of zinc (1 percent of theRDA), 3 micrograms of folate (0.75 percent of the RDA), 0.142 milligrams ofmanganese, 0.08 milligrams of niacin (0.5 percent of the RDA), 25 milligrams ofmagnesium (6 percent of the RDA), 0.043 milligrams of pantothenic acid (lessthan 1 percent of the RDA), 0.29 milligrams of iron (3.5 percent of the RDA),40 micrograms of copper (4.5 percent of the RDA), 0.032 milligrams ofpyridoxine (2.5 percent of the RDA), 24 milligrams of calcium (2.4 percent ofthe RDA), 0.057 milligrams of riboflavin (4 percent of the RDA), 250 milligramsof potassium (5 percent of the RDA), 0.03 milligrams of thiamin (2.5 percent ofthe RDA), 105 milligrams of sodium (7 percent of the RDA) and 2.4 milligrams ofvitamin C (4 percent of the RDA). Coconut milk does not contain anycholesterol, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, beta carotene or lutein zeaxanthin.

Selection and storage

One should always opt for fresh coconuts instead of cannedcoconut water because it contains certain preservatives and it has a loweramount of precious nutrients. Coconut water can be stored in the refrigerator.It should be consumed without any additions. It is perfectly safe forconsumption.

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