Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Coconut water, anyone?

Dr. Gavin Munsfield, protagonist in JOURNEY TO JUDAH and RESTORED HEARTS, recommends drinking coconut water which provides an excellent blend of electrolytes, re-hydrating the body better than sports drinks.

Coconuts are plentiful in Chennai, setting for my Born for India trilogy. While visiting there, we would pull up to a coconut stand (a small open hut on the side of the road). Yep, coconut stands are India's version of "Sonic." The Indian merchant whacks a hole in the top of the coconut with his machete, sticks a straw in, and wah-lah, drink to go! And for a mere .75 US at that!

Rumor has it that coconut water was used as a plasma substitute in WWII. Indeed, coconut water seems to benefit the body, providing potassium and other essential nutrients, warding off fatigue, and providing a higher level of protein than cow's milk with less fat and fewer calories. It also contains lauric acid, which is present in human mother's milk. Now I know why the Indians kept handing us coconut water during our first trip to Madras 14 years ago!

Pass the coconut water, please!

1 comment:

barbjan10 said...

Thank you for the information about coconut water. I'm a complete believer in natural God made fruits, foods, and plants that provide healing and antioxidants to protect the body from illness and infection. I enjoy learning about those things that God made for us to live healthful and energetic lives. I've been on an interesting product that is God created, and have overcome a serious liver illness that I was told by my doctor that I'd be taking lactulose to get the ammonia out of my system for the rest of my life. God knew otherwise. Praise God. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the article.
In Christ,
Barb Shelton