What is it?
• One cup of nature’s sports drink contains more electrolytes than most sports and energy drinks.
• It has more potassium than a banana.
• It’s very low in calories.
• It’s an isotonic beverage (its salt concentration matches that of the human body).
• It’s similar to human plasma and has been used to save lives through an IV.
• It’s a tropical treat.
Olga knows what it is, do you?
Coconut water has 650 mg of potassium (15 times more than a banana), 25mg of magnesium and 35 mg of sodium! All of this in a 10 ounce, 60 calorie package.
Coconut water is sometimes called coconut juice, but it’s not the same as coconut milk. Coconut juice is found inside the green (unripe) coconut. It’s what you hear sloshing around inside an unripe coconut when you shake it. As the coconut matures and coconut meat forms inside, the juice diminishes. The fully ripened coconut has the maximum amount of coconut meat, but the minimum of juice.
Coconut juice is the purest liquid, next to water. It similar to plasma and was even given to soldiers in WWII intravenously when plasma supplies were low. It has five electrolytes.
Some doctors suggest it for kids with digestive problems or diarrhea because it’s excellent for hydration. Pedialyte, often recommended by doctors, contains dextrose and fructose. These sugars may make diarrhea worse by drawing water into the intestines, increasing the risk of dehydration. Coconut water is a better choice when your child is dehydrated.
In the hot summer months, when your toddler is thirsty, coconut water is so much better than the empty calories of packaged fruit juices and aerated drinks. It is naturally sterile so it is perfect for children while traveling since you don’t have to worry about contamination.
Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid which the body uses to make monolaurin — a disease-fighting fatty acid derivative. Babies make monolaurin from the lauric acid in their mother’s breast milk, so coconut water is recommended for nursing mothers. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties protecting young children against various infections. It may also help infants suffering from intestinal problems.
Coconut water has a bland, but slightly sweet taste. Either purchase a brand with real fruit juice added for flavoring or you may need to add a little 100 percent juice. This will give it some flavor to encourage your children (especially a picky eater who is used to sugar drinks) to drink it. But don’t overdue the fruit juice, a little (10 to 15 percent) will give the coconut water a flavor boost.