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INGREDIENTS - COCONUT WATER (COCOS NUCIFERA)

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Information submited: 2015-06-23 Modified: 2018-05-30 By: 1
Naturally refreshing, Coconut Water has a sweet, nutty taste. Not to be confused with high - fat Coconut Milk or oil, Coconut Water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center.

Coconut Water is the clear liquid inside young green Coconuts. In early development, it serves as a suspension for the endosperm of the Coconut during the nuclear phase of development. As growth continues, the endosperm matures into its cellular phase and deposits into the rind of the Coconut Meat.

Fresh Coconuts are typically harvested from the tree while they are green. A hole may be bored into the Coconut to provide access to the liquid and meat. In young Coconuts, the liquid and air may be under some pressure and may spray slightly when the inner husk is first penetrated.

In general, young and slightly immature Coconuts gathered from the Coconut tree after they reach about 5 - 7 months of age for the purpose of reaping its drink. Coconuts which have fallen to the ground are susceptible to rot and damage from insects or animals.

Each Coconut may contain about 200 to 1000 ml of water depending upon cultivar type and size. Any nuts younger than five months of age tend to be bitter in taste and devoid of nutrients.

Coconut Water has long been a popular drink in the tropical countries where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled.

Naturally refreshing, Coconut Water has a sweet, nutty taste. Not to be confused with high - fat coconut milk or oil, Coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center.

At home, raw tender Coconuts can be kept at room temperature for about 5 - 10 days. Once opened, its liquid soon turns sour and off - flavored due to intense enzymatic activity. Instead, store it inside the refrigerator if not used immediately.

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The water is actually obtained by opening a tender, green, healthy, and undamaged Coconut. Inside, it's clear liquid is sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, Vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto - hormones.

Coconut Water carries a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of Water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).

Further, fresh Coconut Water has a small amount of Vitamin - C (Ascorbic acid). It provides about 2,4 mg or 4% of RDA. Vitamin C is a water  - soluble ant-oxidant.
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