Coconuts grow on large palm trees known scientifically as Cocos nucifera L. are naturally sweet and ingratiating. Coconut is botanically considered a fruit rather than a nut. Tender coconut has 5 main parts like Epidermis (exocarp), Mesocarp (Husk), Endocarp (shell), Endocarp (Kernel), Coco water.
Before we start, we want to share with you that we are going to distribute coconut in two parts first is tender coconut and other is dry coconut because in our Indian cuisine we use coconut in both ways. Our article first part will be tender coconut. As we know that water of a single coconut contains sufficient vitamin C to meet the daily requirements of the body. Coconut water is a naturally sweet energy drink, which is delicious to taste, refreshing and very nutritious and also has tremendous health benefits.
Now a day; coconut water has a very trendy beverage. It’s tasty, refreshing and also good for your health. What’s more, it’s loaded with several important nutrients, including minerals which most of the people don’t get enough can refill with coconut water.
Health benefits of coconut water, like a good source of several Nutrients. Coconut water is juice found in the center of a young, green coconut. This water helps to nourish the fruit. As the coconut matures, some of the juice remains in liquid form while the rest ripens into the solid white kernel known as coconut. Coconut water forms naturally in the fruit and contains more than 90% water and very little fat. Coconuts take 10 to 12 months to fully mature. Coconut water typically comes from young coconuts about 6 to 7 months of age, though some time it’s also found in mature fruits. An average green coconut provides about 0.5 to 1 cups of coconut water. One cup contains calories, as well as Carbs, Fiber, Protein, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium and also Calcium.
Coconut water has Antioxidant Properties. Coconut water works well with stress or injury patients. Coconut water useful in Diabetes, coconut water can lower blood sugar levels and reduce oxidative stress with improvement in other health. We can easily add coconut water into a meal plan for people with diabetes. It’s also rich in magnesium, which may increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels with type 2 diabetes.
Coconut water may help to prevent kidney stones, drinking enough fluids can save you from kidney stone problems. Kidney stones form when calcium, oxalate and other compounds combine to form crystals in your urine these can then form stones.
Coconut water good to reduce Blood Pressure, coconut water improved systolic blood pressure. Coconut water contains potassium; Potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with high or normal blood pressure. Coconut water has anti-thrombotic activity, which means it may prevent the formation of blood clots. Coconut water works well with Heart Health, it reduces the risk of heart disease. Coconut water had reductions in blood cholesterol, triglycerides and it also decreases liver fat. Coconut water is perfect for restoring hydration and replenishing electrolytes lost during exercise. Balance electrolytes contained potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. Coconut water can cure nausea and stomach discomfort. Coconut water is slightly sweet with a subtle, nutty flavor.
The fact of Coconut milk making is when the kernel of coconut is soaked in hot water. The milk is then skimmed of fat and then strained. The more the grind and straining process is repeated; the liquid becomes thinner and low in fat.
One cup of coconut milk contains rich calories, and some fat, carbohydrates and sugar. Homemade coconut milk is a secure source of calcium and vitamins A, B, and D.
So, is coconut milk healthy for diet? Well, it depends on what your diet goals are. If you’re looking for a beverage that is lower in calories, fat, and carbs, then coconut milk is the best alternative for whole milk. Coconut milk is also creamier and sweeter taste, making it a better choice for pouring in coffee and on cereal. Full-fat coconut milk found in the market with different brands, mostly used for cooking and baking it is famous in coastal areas.
Coconut milk is also a good alternative for those who have an allergy to lactose intolerant, have a nut allergy or a sensitivity to cow’s milk, as well as for those who following a vegan diet.
Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut – that is coconut water. Coconut milk is made by grating fresh coconut flesh and then working that with water, traditionally by hand.
Whole coconuts are well known for treating and preventing N number of medical conditions because of their significant source of lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid that has antiviral and antibacterial properties that protect the body from flu, measles, hepatitis C, ulcers, gum disease, and throat infections.
The various parts of the coconut; the Kernel (some people also call flesh), milk, oil, and water have used to reduce inflammation, the risk of heart disease, protect against osteoporosis, relieve constipation and other digestive issues, reduce symptoms of pancreatitis and also treatment and prevention from dehydration.
When it comes to protein content, however, coconut milk doesn’t stack up to dairy or other milk alternatives. While a cow and soy milk each contain a high of protein per serving, coconut, almond, cashew, rice, and flax milk contains very little. Most milk alternatives also lack in calcium and other minerals and vitamins, unless you choose a protected variety. Coconut milk is also higher in fat than other alternative kinds of milk.
How to Consume:
This tropical liquid can be used in smoothies, chia seed pudding, and vinaigrette dressing or substituted for plain water whenever you want a bit of natural sweetness.
Coconut water can be consumed directly from green coconuts or bought in bottles. If you start sipping away at this tropical drink, just be sure to avoid products with added sugar sweeteners or flavors. In south India there are many types of coconut chutneys, which the consume daily in different form and with different dishes like idli, vada, dosa or meals.in north and middle India they consume coconut as condiment for curry and other different forms of chutney.
Some sweet items also prepared with tender coconut like laddu, barfi, and candies and the most important laddu, which you can consume in winter days with added all the dry fruits and with a lot of ghee. It is very heavy to digest but it is good in winter days because those entire ingredient’s which are added in this laddu are very healthy. In the same type laddu with added some of the Ayurvedic medicines prepared for the breastfeeding mothers. Coconut is also used in India’s very famous meetha paan (sweet betel).
Too much of a good thing, even if it’s all natural, isn’t always safe. Anyone with a heart condition or kidney disease needs to avoid overdoing it with coconut water and talk to your doctor about how much potassium is safe for you.
How to store:
After smashing the coconut just separate the kernel portion from the coconut, clean kernel and freeze it, if you keep this in open container and refrigerate, this may store for the weak.
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