Coconut water is a healthy and refreshing drink that rehydrates a person after an strenuous exercise.
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President Benigno Aquino III’s working visit to the United States has resulted to investment proposals by American businessmen to the Philippines. Among them is the production of packed coconut water. This sparked strong interest to coconut farmers in the Philippines. Two American Companies, the PepsiCo and the Vita coco, expressed to the president their desire to invest in the production of coconut water which is usually contained in tetra paks or cans. PepsiCo has not given any figure as to the amount of its proposed investment. Vita Coco on the other hand plans to invest 15 million dollars for the business in the next four years.
Coconut is a palm tree that is endemic in the tropical regions of the world. It has a round fruit with a liquid in its cavity. The liquid in the young green coconut is a food for its developing embryo. The meat of a young coconut is gel like and delicious. It is eaten as it is by scraping it off with a spoon or it is used as ingredient of salad. As the coconut matures the color of the skin turns from green into light brown. The meat in the cavity hardens and the taste of the water changes. The water of the young coconut is refreshing and delicious while the water of the mature one is bland so that it is not usually drunk. When a mature coconut is split open people just throw the water away or it is collected for use as vinegar.
The introduction of packed coconut water in the market has given the health conscious Americans assortment of drinks to choose from after strenuous physical exercise. Coconut water is a natural drink that provides a person nutritional and therapeutic benefits. It contains all of the electrolytes that are found in the body such as calcium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Electrolytes are very important to the human body since they help it absorb minerals. After exercise coconut water rehydrates a person by replenishing electrolytes and glucose especially potassium that his body has lost.