April 2nd, 2009

Coconut Water

Following are excerpts from an article compiled by John Kohler:

…If you’ve ever opened a fresh coconut, you will have seen the thin, opaque, almost clear coconut juice or water, which has a slight almond flavor. The water is consumed as a drink fresh from the coconut by many, and can also be used in recipes.

Coconut Water is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak. In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water–siphoned directly from the nut to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.

Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas; once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritiona characteristics, and begins to ferment…

Morton Satin, Chief of AG’s Agricultural Industries and Post-harvest Management Service (AGSI), says, “Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off fatigue.” Satin sees coconut water as a natural contender in the sports drink market. “Just think of it,” he says. “What could be better than a natural beverage…with the delicate aroma, taste, drinking characteristics and nutritional value of pure, fresh, tender coconut water, plus all the functional characteristics required of a sports drink?”

If you’re momentarily running a little short on fresh coconuts, you can purchase an excellent packaged coconut water here. Vita Coco is 100% pure coconut water with natural fruit purees. With five essential electrolytes, more potassium than a banana, low acidity, no fat, no sugar added, and no cholesterol, it’s the perfect way to hydrate and replenish. Best of all is its taste…. “just like sticking a straw in a coconut!”

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