What are the benefits of coconut water and is it safe to be given to my toddler?
The BabyCenter Editorial Team answers:
In India, coconut trees are called kalpavriksha (wish fulfilling trees) because each part of the tree is so useful. Coconut water or coconut juice is found in young, green coconuts and children usually love its sweet, neutral taste.
Tender coconut water (air kelapa) is one of the richest sources of electrolytes. It is high in chlorides, potassium and magnesium and has a moderate amount of sugar, sodium and protein. Coconut water is also a good source of dietary fibre, manganese, calcium, riboflavin and Vitamin C.
Coconut water relieves exhaustion by replenishing the natural salts lost by the body. It is ideal for children to prevent dehydration when they suffer from diarrhoea. In the hot summer months, when your toddler is thirsty, coconut water is so much more preferable than the empty calories of packaged fruit juices and aerated drinks. It is naturally sterile so it is perfect for children while travelling since you don’t have to worry about contamination.
Coconut water is a natural diuretic and hence increases the flow of urine; this helps prevent urinary tract infections and cools the body. Coconut water also helps relieve constipation, improves intestinal function and promotes digestive health. It may also help infants suffering from intestinal problems.
Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid which is what is used by the body to make monolaurin -- a disease-fighting fatty acid derivative. Babies make monolaurin from the lauric acid in their mother’s breastmilk so coconut water is recommended for nursing mothers. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties which protect young children against various infections.
Coconut water is a nourishing beverage and very suitable for children of all ages.
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