Here are some quick facts: 1. Young coconut water can replace Gatorade because of it’s naturally occurring high concentration of electrolytes. 2. Young coconut water is a universal blood donor – it is identical to blood plasma and has been used to save lives! 3. Young coconut meat or jelly has a high concentration of plant nutrients that help fight free radicals meaning it helps reverse and prevent damage in the aging process. 4. The water in 1 young coconut only has 39-42 calories! 5. “Coco” in Spanish and Portuguese means “monkey” 6. Coconut water has more potassium than a banana! 650mg vs. 450 mg. Watch my vid on how to chop one up and why I think they’re so good!
If you can’t buy a fresh coconut and chop it up like me (umm that was it’s own story), then you can also try some Zico coconut water. It’s supposed to be pure coconut water and the nutrition facts seem to be in line with what I found for natural young coconut water. The meat is super delish too and yesterday I ate a whole young coconut up by myself. SUPER YUMMY!!! Especially post workout.
Now keep in mind that coconut water is not the same as coconut milk. The milk is made by grating the meat from a mature coconut (which has more cholesterol and calories) and mixing it with the water. A cup can have up to 550 calories and most of it is from fat! Here’s the nutrition facts for 1 young coconut. I was lucky to grab a box of 9 coconuts for $7.99 at my local asian food grocer. I think they are normally more than $2 each. What a treat – loved the meat and juice but gotta be careful not to overdose! I can easily get carried away… Have you ever had fresh coconut?