Coconut Water and Cholesterol
Coconuts can be classified as a fruit, seed and a nut – but one must not be mistaken with coconut milk. Coconut water is a thin fluid in the centre of the green coconut, whereas, coconut milk is prepared by mashing the middle soft white part of the coconut (meat) along with the water to make thick pulp. Naturally coconut water is low in sugar, fat and sodium and high in calcium, magnesium and potassium. A study in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in 2006 gives the relation between coconut water and cholesterol. It indicates that this coconut water lowers the total cholesterol level and bad or LDL cholesterol levels, while raising the good or HDL cholesterol levels.
Coconut water and cholesterol
- One can start the day with the coconut water along with fruit smoothe. One can use topical fruits such as mango, pineapple or banana to complement with the coconut’s mild and nutty flavor. On must include protein with yogurt, flax seeds or almond butter.
- After exercising one can include coconut water drink. Coconut water is high in its electrolyte content and is superior to all the commercially available sports drinks.
- Coconut water can also be included in your diet while cooking. Prepare rice using coconut water as it will add flavor along with various health benefits instead of plain water. Coconut water can also be used as a base while preparing soups, especially while preparing a soup with the Asian flair. You can also replace water or milk in the baked foods with coconut water. The treats from the banana nut muffins to the pineapple upside down cake will benefit from the nutty taste of the coconut water.
The above article discusses about coconut water and cholesterol and about the ways to include coconut water in your diet. Coconut water may be very expensive, thus one can save money by buying in bulk. Individuals who are allergic to coconuts must avoid its use. Coconut water helps to lower the levels of cholesterol but, it must not be a substitute for the balanced diet, cholesterol-lowering medication or regular exercise.