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Young Coconut Water Nutrition And What Are the Benefits for the Body

Diterbitkan Rabu, 29 November 2023

During the Covid-19 pandemic, there are many myths and facts about young coconut water. Some say drinking coconut water after vaccination will eliminate the efficacy of the vaccine, there is also information that Covid-19 will be knocked out if infected people drink young coconut water. It’s all a hoax.

Before being consumed by wrong information, we should know what the nutritional content of young coconut water is, what are the benefits of coconut water, and what is the right dose to consume it.

A pharmacology expert from the University of Indonesia, Purwantyastuti said coconut water is a drink that has been consumed for a long time in Indonesia. Coconut water has a delicious, refreshing taste, and turns out to be beneficial for the body. “The main benefit of coconut water is to overcome dehydration or lack of fluids in the body,” said Purwantyastuti in a written statement, Thursday, August 19, 2021.

In the body, coconut water and other body fluids become part of the blood that functions to carry oxygen to the body’s cells. This is what the immune system and other systems need to function properly. Adequate fluids in the body are also useful for eliminating toxins.

The contents of young coconut water are certainly not the same from one grain to another. However, according to Purwantyastuti, the average contents are around 100 cc. In 200 cc of coconut water generally contains about 7.5 grams of carbohydrates, about 1.5 – 2 grams of protein, 0.5 grams of fat. And the energy content is 20-30 Kcal per 100 cc.

There are also natural mineral content, such as potassium with levels of 5-13 percent of the need per day per glass, sodium with levels of 7-11 percent, magnesium 7-14 percent, Manganese 7 percent, calcium 2-4 percent. There is also selenium and zinc with levels of each about 1 percent of the daily requirement per glass. Vitamin C about 3 percent, vitamin B 1-5 percent.

Purwantyastuti explained, coconut water is a good drink to restore hydration and replenish electrolytes lost after exercise or when diarrhea. Electrolytes are minerals that play a role in maintaining the balance of body fluids. Some of the vital electrolytes are potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. All contained in coconut water. Natural coconut water is also low in calories and carbohydrates. Fresher if drunk directly from the fruit.

Although it has many benefits, it is not recommended to drink young coconut water in excess, let alone to replace drinking mineral water with coconut water completely. Purwantyastuti suggests drinking only one or two glasses of coconut water a day. If too much, the potassium content has the potential to interfere with the work of the heart. “As long as it is not excessive, drinking young coconut water will not cause health problems,” he said.

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