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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Coconut

Coconut Juice or Buko Juice

Coconut


  • Coconut (Cocos nucifera) juice or also known as buko juice from Arecaceae family of palm trees is the most popular fresh and refreshing juice in Philippines.
  • It is also a free advisable medication to those person with UTI.
  • It is low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating.
  • Coconut water has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices. 
  • 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.

Nutritional Facts



Coconut water (Cocus nucifera), Fresh, 
Nutrition Value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Health benefits of coconut water


  1. Coconut water is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. Its liquid is packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish dehydration conditions inside the human body.
  2. Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water found to have significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic (anti-clot formation) effects.
  3. Generally offered to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace the fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and to reduce the need for hospitalisation. The osmolarity of tender coconut water is slightly greater than that of WHO recommended ORS (Oral Rehydration Therapy) solution. Presence of other biological constituents like amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fatty acids may account for this higher osmolarity. Nonetheless, unlike WHO-ORS, its water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. This well-balanced fluid composition, along with much-needed calories, would be an ideal drink instead of any other kind of soft drink beverages available in the markets to correct dehydration conditions.
  4. Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.
  5. Its water proportionately has better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruit juices like oranges. (Compare the mineral composition of oranges).
  6. Very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.



Reference:
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/coconut-water.html

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