Benefits of coconut water you didn't know about 

Coconut water has a number of different benefits. Discover all of its health benefits and ways to consume it in a balanced way.

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Coconut water (which is neither the oil nor the milk from this fruit) is extracted from the coconut when it is green: that is, when it has been ripening on a palm tree for about 6 to 7 months. It is precisely at this time that the coconut is mainly composed of water which, at this stage, accounts for 95% of the coconut’s weight. It is estimated that about 250 ml of liquid is extracted from a coconut (i.e., a large glass of water) and that the coconut water is transparent (as it matures, it takes on a whitish colour). But why all this information, you may ask? Well, in this article we are going to take a look at the benefits of coconut water. 

What are the benefits of coconut water is the immediate question that comes to mind. For one, coconut water is primarily a source of minerals (such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium), vitamin C and fibre. Coconut water is also very easy to find in supermarkets. 

But exactly what is coconut water good for? One of the benefits attributed to coconut water is that it helps us to recover the electrolytes lost through perspiration during physical exercise. It is true that it can provide more minerals than simple mineral water, but it is important to know that it is not as good as isotonic drinks, which are specially designed and formulated to replenish sugars and minerals after physical activity. 

Although coconut water is believed to have many benefits, not all of them have been scientifically proven. The vast majority of experts do agree that it is a good healthy refreshment for hydration, provided (of course) that it is used without added sugars. In this sense, it is even better than a juice (even if it's natural) or a soft drink. Other than the above, what can coconut water be used for? It is also considered to be good for digestion, and specifically for combating heartburn. 

Along these lines, it is worth noting that the benefits of coconut water improve on an empty stomach, as in this state the body absorbs nutrients better, and even the digestive system works better at this time. Therefore, if you’re considering incorporating it into your weekly meal plan, you should know that, in the morning, and without ingesting anything beforehand, will be the best time to do so.

Contraindications of coconut water

Coconut water (like everything else) has both benefits and contraindications. As long as it is taken in balance and moderation, there will be no problem, but you should pay attention to its contents, as sometimes its sugar content will dissuade you from consuming it. On the other hand, it’s also higher in calories than other products, which is also something worth taking into account.