Friday, August 29, 2008


A good friend emailed me a list of very interesting info on the goodness of coconut water and thought I ought to share with you all.

Back when I was younger (yes... I was young once!)I often would hear the older generation telling us girls to stay away from consuming too much coconut water. The main reason being, it is too cooling for our body system and also would give us 'wind' and not at all good for our bones. This was, especially true (they said) for pregnant ladies and those having their monthly periods.

I am not surprised that many of you out there may have heard of such old wives tales. So, when my Malay friends told me that they would drink lots of coconut water during their pregnancies , I was, like... get out of here... you wanna end up COCO-NUTS???

Well, maybe the following will help to ease your mind and erase doubts on what we were taught to believe otherwise. By the way, we are talking about young, green coconuts here and NOT the "low yea" (old ones with hard brown husks).

In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha, meaning 'tree which gives all that is necessary for living,' since nearly all parts of the tree can be used in some manner or another.

Coconut Water is naturally: Low in Carbs 99% Fat Free Low in sugars
Coconut Water contains organic compounds possessing healthy growth-promoting properties that have been known to help :
Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature
Orally re-hydrate your body; it is an all-natural isotonic beverage
Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
Naturally replenish your body's fluids after exercising
Raise your metabolism
Promote weight-loss
Boost your immune system
Detoxify and fight viruses
Cleanse your digestive tract
Control diabetes
Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS
Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer
Treat kidney and urethral stones
Boost poor circulation

It's a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It's the fluid of life, so to speak.' In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water - siphoned directly from the nut - to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.

Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas - once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics, and begins to ferment.

Coconut Water is More Nutritious than whole milk - Less fat and NO cholesterol!
Coconut Water is More Healthy than Orange Juice - Much lower calories
Coconut Water is Better than processed baby milk- It contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother's milk
Coconut water is naturally sterile -- Water permeates though the filtering husk!
Coconut water is a universal donor-- Its identical to human blood plasma
Coconut Water is a Natural Isotonic Beverage - The same level we have in our blood.
Coconut water has saved lives in 3rd world countries thru Coconut IV.

Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and Vitamins to ward off fatigue.... and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural!', according to Mortin Satin, Chielf of the United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organization.

Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks.
Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg!
Coconut water has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars.
Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

Data is based on a 100ml drink

Well, so much on the goodness and nutritious value of drinking nature's wonder juice.
Are you ready to go coconuts and have a go...?

COCONUT WA-TAH, here I come,
COCONUT kawan , I'll remember to leave you some!
Yeah... Yeah.... Yeah..


Lucy's Sees said...

I'm so glad you wrote all this information!
I drinka One Natural Experience coconut water every day from whole foods and i haven't gone crazy yet!

Greensleeves said...

Oh, Hi Lucy...

If you are lucid enough to verify how happy you are, I am sure you haven't gone coconuts yet!!

I also have learned that fresh coconut water is best taken in the morning before food as it works best then as a detoxificant. But, that doesn't mean you can't have it any other time of the day.

molly said...

Wow, thanks! That clear my mind. I was avoiding coconut thought it give 'wind' and ache to my body.

Greensleeves said...

Hello Molly,

Am happy that this has helped removed your doubts. Just remember that everything needs to be done in moderation... including good stuff too!!

A refreshing dose of coconut water once or twice a week will keep you on the go!

Our bodies have a natural healing mechanism and it is important we maintain it at optimun condition.
Prevention is better than cure and
many people are getting back to the basic and traditional way of keeping fit.

Don't forget to opt for a daily diet of more greens, fresh fruits and clean filtered water. Avoid as much meat and diary products as possible and schedule some form of exercise into your daily routine.
Your body will not only thank you for it, YOu will also feel better in every aspect. And on top of it all, live a simple and stress free

All the best for a healthy and long life, Molly.

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