We decided coconuts would be fun to learn about for a Baby Scientists project! In the process we learned that coconut water is not only really tasty, but super healthy. So, here’s how to drink a coconut and why you should.
Fun Coconut Facts:
- Coconut water is the liquid found inside a coconut. Coconut milk is made by boiling the white coconut “meat” with water and straining it. Boil this down further and you get coconut cream.
- A coconut takes 11-12 months to mature on a tree.
- Coconuts grow as far north as Hawaii, and as far south as Madagascar.
- Every bit of the coconut is used. As a result, coconuts are called the “Tree of Life” and can produce drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, insect repellant, and more.
- When intra-venous (IV) solution was in short supply, doctors during World War II and Vietnam used coconut water in substitution of IV solutions.
- Botanically, the coconut palm is not a tree since there is no bark, no branches, or secondary growth. A coconut palm is a woody perennial monocotyledon with the trunk being the stem.
- There are over 80 varieties of coconut palms.
- The tallest coconut trees measure about 100 feet.
- 1 cup of coconut water has twice the potassium of a banana, and half the calories (45 calories)
- Potassium is essential for healthy heart, kidney, and muscle function. Sweating depletes potassium levels. Super convenient, then, that coconuts grow in hot, tropical climates. Nature, once again, teaching us just what we need.
- Good source of sodium, which is necessary for muscle contraction, and enzyme operation.
- Good source of calcium and manganese, which promote bone development, growth, and strength.
- Good source of chloride, which partners with sodium and potassium to control cellular fluids.
- Good source of phosphorus, which benefits protein formation, hormonal balances, and digestion
- Rich in Vitamin C, which boosts immunity.
- Source of iron, which carries oxygen to human blood cells.
- Source of Vitamin A, which is necessary for retinal health.
- Source of B vitamins, which enhance metabolism and support energy production.
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