Goa’s Bounty: Tender Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
Consuming fresh tender coconut water right out of coconuts is a good way to quench your thirst and beat the summer heat. Coconuts are readily available in a place like Goa. The coconut water as well as the tender coconut flesh is consumed. It is low calorie, the tender coconut flesh provides 41 Kcal and the water provides just 24 Kcal.
Tender coconut water is naturally packed with electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and simple sugars. It is therefore a refreshing beverage that can help rehydrate your body. The electrolytes help replenish body fluids. It is naturally fat free, high in potassium and other minerals like sodium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, sulphur and chloride. It contains vitamins like vitamin C, Folates, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. Coconut water contains Cytokinins, these beneficial compounds are said to have anti aging benefits and slow down the growth of cancer cells.
The water and flesh of tender coconuts are a good source of most of the B vitamins, which are required in the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins and thus important for providing the body with energy. These vitamins are also essential to support the nervous system. Tender coconuts especially tender coconut water is easily digested and helps proper digestion and elimination. The water is given as a weaning food for babies. It is a sterile beverage and can be directly transfused into the blood stream as it has a structure similar to human blood. Being high in electrolytes it is a good drink for athletes. It is a rich source of potassium and thus reduces the risk of hypertension and stroke.
So opt for tender coconut water as a healthier replacement instead of the sugar laden beverages available in the market. It will keep you hydrated and the nutritional benefits that it offers, makes it a much better option. You can devour the tasty tender coconut flesh too.