How do I know if my Coconut Water is actually healthy?
I love coconut water, it’s one of those great mother nature inventions. It’s incredibly popular these days and, as it often happens when a new trend gains momentum, the market offer increases and it becomes harder to find the actually healthy coconut water. How do I know if my coconut water is actually healthy?
Coconut water contains a rare combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, micronutrients, and also phytohormones, that are incredibly beneficial to your general health. A scientific review of coconut water, published in the journal Molecules, highlights some of the ways that coconut water supplies essential nutrients replenishing your body:
- It helps to prevent heart attacks
- It lowers high blood pressure
- It can have anti-aging effects visible on your skin
- It fights against free radicals to help prevent cancer
- It contains trans-zeatin which is helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
To give you an idea of how coconut water is often spoiled and turned into a not-that-healthy product, you have got to look into the processing some companies do before the product goes on the shelves. A lot of these healthy – 100% all natural – juices are often heated and concentrated into a syrup, thus, it makes it cheaper to import a smaller quantity of syrup and add water later. Bottom line, any juice that has been heated to this extent, loses a noteworthy amount of nutrients and often its beneficial enzymes are denatured.
Here is a list of Coconut waters we have tried and a bit of a guideline on how to distinguish the healthy coconut waters, avoiding the products that only claim to be healthy to ride the positive sales trend.
Here are some of the coconut waters we are satisfied with:
-Coco Face: It’s is actually sold within the coconut – it’s hard to get healthier than that, unless you actually climb the coconut tree and knock it off yourself, in which case you did the workout part too and you are way ahead of all of us in terms of health.
-Jax coconut water: We like the fact that is extracted by young coconuts instead of mature coconuts.
Young coconuts on the tree are usually green with an abundance of water in the core that is full of nutrients. As coconuts begin to age, the nutrients in the water begin to seep into the meat of the coconut. Thus, the water becomes less nutritious. It’s basically watered-down.
-Chi: We like the fact that this one has no preservatives, it’s unpasteurised, no artificial flavouring and no added sugar. As a consequence, the naturally occurring enzymes are still alive – YES!
-Coco Zumi: We like that this product is pure and derived straight from young tender green coconuts. The coconuts come from local agricultural co-operatives and the water is packaged at source. – YES!
-UnoCoco: First of all, it’s slightly pink, which is a good sign as it implies that HPP technology (see below) has been employed to preserve the nutrients. Needless to say, it has no preservatives, it’s unpasteurised with no artificial flavouring or added sugar.
A little bit about one of the main elements we consider to choose the best coconut waters:
Pasteurising it with heat: Coconut water is very delicate, naturally perishable, and should be kept cold. Have you ever wondered why most bottled and boxed coconut waters on the shelves are not in the refrigerated section? If the best-before or expiry date is in the 2 year range, there is certainly something ‘wrong’ with the coconut water you are looking at. This is because most coconut water (I am not going to name some of the big brands you see EVERYWHERE) is heat-pasteurised, which basically means that it’s been cooked at a very high temperature to kill bacteria and extend the product shelf life. It’s been proven scientifically that extreme heat destroys some of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and also denatures enzymes, other than knocking down most of the flavour.
We are not saying that drinking one of the pasteurised waters is harmful to your health, however, it is harmful to your wallet because you are essentially overpaying for nutrients that aren’t there any longer.
Fortunately, there is another way to kill bacteria while keeping the nutrients safe, it’s referred to as HPP (high pressure processing). As it avoids extreme heat, HPP is the best way to preserve the awesomeness of coconut water, while extending shelf life it makes the coconut water a little more business friendly compared to its raw natural state.
If you are really into reading more about this topic here is for you a veryinteresting research conducted by the United Nations’ FAO (Food Agricultural Organisation).