Very few realize the nutritional importance of young coconut water, and I was one of them until few days ago. As it often happens in these modern days, I found out its importance not by asking local people but by browsing the internet. What I discovered is that young coconut water is not simple water, but more: a real elixir of life.
Welcome to southern Thailand, an area with plenty coconut trees plantations and therefore plenty of coconuts. Found in Thailand‘s markets, fruit stalls, bars, restaurants and beach, coconuts provide not simply a quenching drink; the water contained in them can be compared to a wave of pure energy which eliminates fatigue and is biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins. For the modest price of about 40/50 thb you can even scrap o a coconut’s creamy flesh, which makes it the perfect organic and cold dessert.
Since I have discovered its elixir properties, whenever I see a coconut vendor I simply get one – they cost less than a bottle of fizzy drink and are much healthier, since they are more hydrating to the body and an incredible energy buzz too! It’s an excellent all-natural water to drink while undergoing rigid physical activities, or exertions of any kind, such as Detox and fasting therapy. Young coconut water is a healthier alternative to popular electrolyte energy sport drinks found today in supermarkets. It’s high in electrolytes and potassium with fewer calories and no artificial additives. 240 ml of Gatorade has 63 calories while the same serving of coconut water has just 46 calories. Hence, many professional sport people are replacing their conventional sport drinks and drink coconut water before and a er their physical activities or sports to keep there body hydrated.
The coconut itself is a natural water filter that takes almost 9 months to produce each litre of its water. The water purities by travelling through many fibres before being stored away sterile in the nut itself. Coconut water is a universal donor being identical to human blood plasma: it is sterile, it does not produce heat, it does not destroy red blood cells and it is readily accepted by the body. Hence, drinking coconuts is like giving yourself an instant blood transfusion.
The calming, cooling benefits of coconut water relieve burning sensations and hot flushes; coconut water has been used for re-hydration and as a health and beauty aide in tropical regions around the world for centuries. This property of coconut water also makes it an excellent choice for liver problems, hepatitis or inflammation. Young coconuts have not fully reached their maturity; hence their properties are different from mature coconuts. A young coconut has to be consumed as soon as it is opened because when the coconut water is exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its nutritional characteristics and begins to ferment. Young coconut water is the ideal drink to order during your holiday in Thailand – and it doesn’t give you a hangover, either.
Let’s end this tribute to the young coconut with a curiosity: during 1941- 1945 in the Pacific War both conflicting parties regularly siphoned coconut water directly from the nut to give emergency plasma transfusions to injured soldiers.