What is the difference between coconut juice and coconut water?

In this brief guide we’ll be answering the question, “What is the difference between coconut juice and coconut water?” discuss the nutrient composition and health benefits of coconut juice. We will also discuss how coconut juice is prepared, the nutrient composition, uses and health benefits associated with coconut water, and processing of coconut water.

What is the difference between coconut juice and coconut water?

The difference between coconut juice and coconut water is that coconut juice is derived from coconut, and may or may not contain the coconut pulp with the addition of drinking water and coconut water whereas coconut water is the  sweet water present naturally in the coconut. 

Coconut juice may also contain added sugars, additives and preservatives, whereas coconut water does not. 

What is the nutrient composition of coconut juice?

A glass of coconut juice contains approximately 110-120 calories, added sugars and 30-45 g of carbohydrates.

What are the health Benefits of coconut juice?

There aren’t many health benefits of coconut juice except for providing calories, and giving a cooling effect to the body especially in summers. 

Coconut juice can also be used for electrolyte balance during diarrhoea, and the calories can be beneficial in underweight individuals.

How is coconut juice prepared?

Coconut juice is prepared by adding sugar, coconut water, and some tendered coconut in a blender and blending it until a milky foaming consistency is achieved.

What is the nutritional composition of coconut water?

Coconut water contains high levels of potassium and chlorides. It also contains other minerals such as sulphur, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, aluminium, zinc, iron and copper. 

It has quite a small quantity of oil which contributes to low calories. The main sugars present in coconut water are sucrose, glucose, sorbitol and sorbitol along with galactose, xylose and mannose. 

Coconut water also contains amino acids such as alanine, arginine, cysteine and serine and aromatic compounds which account for a specific taste and flavour.

What are the uses and Health benefits of coconut water?

There are numerous uses and  health benefits associated with coconut water.

  1. It is used as a religious symbol in some parts of the world. People are offered coconuts as gifts in traditional cultures.
  2. It is served as a natural beverage and a refreshing drink in tropical regions. 
  3. It has natural hydrating qualities.
  4. Coconut water is used in ayurvedic medicine to increase semen, promote digestion, and clear the urinary tract.
  5. Coconut water is also used to alleviate burning pain during urination, burning of the eyes, indigestion, hiccups, and interestingly to expel the retained placenta.
  6. Coconut water was administered intravenously for rehydration and resuscitation in people during world war II.
  7. Coconut water is also used as a growth medium for microorganisms and plants,  and is also processed in wine and vinegar because it can easily be fermented.
  8. Coconut water contains a growth factor which can stimulate different bacterial stains in plants. 
  9. Coconut is also used as a sports beverage and is also used by the manufacturers as a natural functional drink.
  10. The ability of coconut water to be fermented makes it a good probiotic to treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
  11. Coconut water is also used to alleviate blood pressures, causes less nausea, provides a feeling of fullness, and does not upset the stomach.
  12. Coconut water is also used for the prevention and treatment for various brain disorders caused by hormonal imbalance in menopausal women.
  13. Coconut is also useful as a protective agent against formation of plaques and blood clotting and to treat certain types of mammary tumours.

How is coconut water processed?

Coconut water is extracted from nuts and thermal treatments along with chemical additives are used by the food industry to control the storage conditions for the taste, aroma, and colour to be reserved for long. 

Other FAQs about Coconut that you may be interested in.

Can coconut water be used for blood transfusion?

Can you consume a spoonful of coconut oil?

Can you drink too much coconut water?

Conclusion

In this brief guide we answered the question, “What is the difference between coconut juice and coconut water?” and discussed the nutrient composition, health benefits of coconut juice. We also discussed how coconut juice is prepared, the nutrient composition, uses and health benefits associated with coconut water, and processing of coconut water.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

References

1. https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-coconut-w-140615

2. https://vaya.in/recipes/details/coconut-juice/

3. Prades, A., Dornier, M., Diop, N., & Pain, J. P. (2012). Coconut water uses, composition and properties: a review. Fruits, 67(2), 87-107.

4. Prades, A., Dornier, M., Diop, N., & Pain, J. P. (2012). Coconut water preservation and processing: a review. Fruits, 67(3), 157-171.

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