Coconut water was a staple for inhabitants of tropical countries around the world, long before becoming the beverage of choice to the shipwreck crew of Gilligan's Island.
Lately, news of this exotic thirst quenching drink (and its healing powers) is spreading rapidly! What's causing all the buzz?
What is coconut water?
Is it water enhanced with a little coconut essence? Well, not exactly. The water is found in the cavity of young, green coconuts.
Young coconuts produce the best water because as the fruit matures, the flesh absorbs and replaces the water.
Many often confuse coconut water with other coconut-based liquids such as coconut milk or cream. The water is compliments of Mother Nature, but the milk and cream require some assistance from human hands.
Coconut milk is made by boiling shredded coconut in equal parts water, then straining until foamy. The cream is produced through a similar process, but with a larger quantity of coconut to make the liquid thicker.
The coconut has played a major role in many different cultures worldwide for centuries, so folks here in the states are slightly behind the times when it comes to exploring the wonders of its water.
It's had a long presence in South East Asia, Central America, and practically every nation of the Caribbean. Doctors in the Caribbean have been known to encourage their patients to drink it regularly, for both preventive purposes and ailment treatment.
Now this tropical beverage is available to all. Several companies have managed to bottle this tasty drink and make it accessible to those that reside outside of paradise.
Where can you find it? Your local health store certainly should carry at least one trustworthy brand. Chain grocery stores have also stocked up to satisfy their customers. It's definitely not difficult to find.
Is this drink right for you? Well, that's certainly a decision only you can make. However, there's no harm in trying.
If you're looking for the solution to all of your health concerns, then this may not be the choice for you.
There are major health benefits associated with coconut water, well depending on who you ask. Some of those benefits include anti-aging effects, cholesterol level management, and plenty more.
What harm could it do? There's no fat or cholesterol, and its extremely low in calories. Unless you're severely allergic, there's really no risk involved. It's worth a shot (or 2); your body may just thank you.
If you can't grab a fresh coconut from your backyard, or buy one fresh locally, then there are some brands that you can trust to bring you that piece of paradise.
In The Grocer's Fridge You'll Find
Surely, one of these will appeal to your taste buds. There are many brands to choose from, but your palate is unique.
What works for me may not be your cup of tea, so there will be some trial and error. However, I know you will find a coconut water you will absolutely LOVE!