Coconut water: Here's why it deserves more attention than fancy drinks

As bottled drinks and fancy beverages trickled into our midst, many forgot nutrients-rich coconut water, even though it's still easily available in Kerala. Photo: Shutterstock/NUM LPPHOTO

Long before protein shakes and aerated drinks became popular, coconut water was Malayali's go-to favorite beverage.

After walking for long on hot days, playing sports, while entertaining guests and more, the naturally sweet and cool drink made frequent appearances in our households.

Who can forget the famous scene of Innocent from the film 'Sandesham,' in which he demands 'naariyal pani' aka coconut water as a North Indian politician who visits Kerala for the first time?

As bottled drinks and fancy beverages trickled into our midst, many forgot this nutrients dense drink, even though it's still easily available in Kerala. Considering how the new sugary beverages are eroding our pockets and health, it will be a good idea to pay attention to the good old coconut water yet again.

If you are wondering it truly deserves all this praise, pay attention to what Varun Khurana, Founder and CEO of Agritech start-up Otipy has to say about the the benefits of coconut water, and what about it helps you stay hydrated and cool during harsh summers:

Electrolytes: Coconut water is an excellent source of electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and magnesium. These minerals help to maintain fluid balance in the body, which is essential for hydration.

Hydration: Coconut water is a natural source of hydration, and it can help to replenish lost fluids due to sweating. It is an excellent alternative to sugary or high-calorie drinks, which can contribute to dehydration.

Cooling properties: Coconut water has natural cooling properties that can help regulate body temperature and reduce heat stress.

Nutrients: Coconut water is rich in nutrients like calcium, iron, and vitamin C, which can help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.

This can be particularly important during a heatwave, as the body may be more susceptible to illness and infection due to the stress of the heat.

Low in calories: Coconut water is a low-calorie drink, making it an excellent alternative to sugary or high-calorie drinks that can contribute to dehydration.

Overall, coconut water is a pleasant and nutritious substitute for other beverages and offers a host of advantages for general health and well-being.

You can enjoy tender coconut in a variety of ways in addition to the different types, such as by blending it into smoothies or using it as the foundation for cocktails like mojitos.

So, beat the summer heat while still enjoying the cooling flavour and health advantages of tender coconut!

(With IANSLife inputs)

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