My Coconut Water Health Craze! 27


When I was still living in England, I was hooked on coconut water for a while. Drinking the water of a coconut became one of those ‘oh I must start doing this’ things where we find out about all of the wonderful benefits and end up spending lots of money to get some of that goodness. Coconut water in England is pretty costly (one litre of it costs around 350-400Rs in the UK), there are obviously more expensive crazes, but I think I was blinded by those fantastic benefits and spent too much money on it. Apparently coconut water keeps you more hydrated than water and sports drinks, and we all want to be super hydrated so we can stay healthy and having beautiful glowing skin. Right?

Then I moved to India, a coconut water drinkers oasis, where you can find stalls selling large green coconuts everywhere. The men who sell these coconuts have bravery and serious skill, they grab a coconut and slice off the top with one swift swing of a huge machete! Purchasing a coconut in India could be compared to seeing a hair-raising knife throwing stunt at the circus! It seems selling coconut water is a pretty dangerous profession and I do wonder whether or not limbs have been lost!
coconut stall walla India fresh water

Coconut water, high in potassium and low in fat, is really refreshing and pretty tasty (once you get used to it, the taste is not for everyone!). It’s just what you need to hydrate yourself on a summer day in India… probably so essential on an autumn day in England. These days I don’t have to spend a lot of pennies on coconut water anymore, I can get sweet and fresh nariyal pani straight from the nut with a straw for only 25Rs (That is 25 British pence for about half a litre!).

I may be missing my good quality cheeses and soft scones but at least I have a good supply of very fresh and very cheap coconut water!

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About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


27 thoughts on “My Coconut Water Health Craze!

  • Antonina

    Lost limbs! Never thought of it 🙂
    One more benefit of being a coconut water drinker in India – you can ask your vendor to deliver one or two coconuts a day right to your door, so you don’t even have to go anywhere.
    And you are right, the taste is not for everyone – my mom hated it and I couldn’t convince her to give it one more chance 🙂
    As for me, I love it, here is the proof! – http://www.indiapalette.com/what-to-drink-in-india-coconut-water/

  • Cindy

    Coconut water in the U.S. is pretty expensive and the taste is not as good as the fresh coconuts of India. However, I still do purchase coconut water here because I love it. I also go through a tremendous amount of watermelon. I can’t get enough! I also love to eat pineapple raw, cooked, and dehydrated – pineapple juice too. Avocados are a favorite, as well as mangoes. Sorry to go on but tropical fruits and juices are my favorite!

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Cindy!!
      I looooove grilled pineapple in a veggie burger!!!
      I am a huge fan of tropical fruits too!

      Something that makes me giggle is that here in Nagpur, red cabbage, broccoli, red bell pepper and cherry tomatoes are called “exotic vegetables” :D. I don’t know why that tickles me so much, but it does 😀

      I hope you are well! Sending lots of love xx

  • friend

    Coconut water was used as saline during world war two because the minerals found in it are the same as that of blood. Have u eaten the cream that comes with coconut. After drinking the water you can ask the vendor to slice open the Coconut so that you can scape out the delicious flesh inside.

  • Garga sarkar

    I dont like coconut waters taste at all . Any way a lot of my friends had spent and some of them still continues to spend much money over fairness creams but till now their complexion has not changed a bit. I hope you are well.
    TC

  • Eliza

    Hi Lauren,

    Yes, you are right, such coconut water is great 🙂

    What I’m missing from India (despite food in general) is Maaza – the best mango drink ever. Did you try it? Whenever I’m in India, I’m always buying it.

  • Bianca Lemos

    My sister almost lost her thumb opening a coconut! She had 23 stitches on her hand. So yes, it is possible to lose limbs in that activity. When I buy coconut water at the beach I usually don’t watch the “opening scene”. lol

  • Manju Modiyani

    Oh boy! I had completely forgotten my love for coconut water. I used to have a lot of coconut water as a kid.. At that time, about 18 years ago, it sold for Rs. 10 a piece, which was a lot considering the value of money back then.
    I think I should seriously get back to drinking coconut water, at least twice or thrice a week. I love its taste. And it’s a great alternative to all the snacks and cold drinks I consume LOL..
    I do have a thing for green tea. It’s one healthy thing I spend on a lot..

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