Every year or so there’s a new super food ‘cure-all that beats all’ taking center stage. Media from around the globe including the U.K., Australia and America have now deemed the coconut to be the ‘Who’s Who” of this long lasting trend.
As obesity, sickness and disease is clearly on the rise in the Western world. People are trying to discover ways to curb off the many ills that now plague modern society. Maybe having enjoyed the savory taste of German chocolate cake, macaroons or coconut cream pie to end off a hearty meal. People have woken up from their sugar induced comas from eating pastries infused with coconut and even more; refined sugar.
Now they are turning to the juice of the coconut which by surprise has very little sugar at all. People are now going beyond the flesh and getting right to the center of this drupe. Why the hype? Why the craze? Let’s take a look. Few in calories coconut juice is a great aid to weight loss and is a great alternative to sugary drinks. Rich in minerals like electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium all in their natural form. Minerals are another group of nutrients needed by the body, having two general functions. These functions regulate body processes and give the body structure.
Compatible with human blood; regulates blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Aids in digestion, restoring and revitalizing the skin and is even recognized as a ‘go to’ for hangovers. As well as providing great rehydration after moderate exercise. Coconut juice or water, if you will has a refreshing sweet flavor. There’s nothing like drinking the juice of a young green coconut. When on the lookout for a fresh coconut, look for one green in color, not the ripened brown ones. They yield the most water. Just give this little guy a shake to determine how much liquid awaits your consumption. If unable to find a fresh one, coconut juices are filling the shelves in the West; primarily from countries like Thailand and Brazil.
Thailand is known worldwide for producing the sweeter tasting coconut. When it comes to purchasing coconuts contained in cans or bottles keep in mind that these should not have additives or sweeteners. They will pretty much taste alike as obviously the main ingredient is the same; coconut water.
Flash pasteurized around 71.5-74.5 degrees Celsius (160-165 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 15-30 seconds; preventing fermentation and spoilage as well as retaining color and flavor. This also helps to keep shelf life for up to 2 years. Claims are made that during this process there is no loss of nutrients. I will not go into the debates over fresh juices versus pasteurized juice. Yet, I would surely advice that getting coconut juice directly from the source will always be the best way to go. By seeing all of the wonderful benefits provided by the coconut, it’s no wonder why it is now being processed, pasteurized and packaged as the latest Who’s Who.
But let’s not debate or argue with Mother Nature. She has designed and packaged this delicious elixir for your sweet pleasure. Whether eating or drinking, just be sure to get to a coconut as often as you can to enjoy its botanical goodness.
Cucumber & Coconut Salad
- ½ purple onion (small, thinly sliced)
- 2 cucumbers (diced)
- 1 cup fresh coconut (shredded)
- 2 TBS coconut water
- 2 TBS fresh lime juice
- 2 TBS raw honey
Blend all ingredients together. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill.