Some of us don’t really know the difference between coconut milk and coconut water. But this article will she’d light on that.
And also teach you a couple of things you didn’t know about the fruit.
The coconut (cocos nucifera) belongs to the palm family (arecaceae). Grown in abundance in Malaysia, Polynesia and southern Asia, they are classed as a fruit and frequently confused for a nut – but the coconut is actually a one-seeded drupe.
Coconut flesh is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Coconut milk should not be confused with coconut water, which is found naturally in immature green coconuts.
Coconut milk is different to coconut water. Coconut water is the clear liquid from the centre of the young, green coconut and is low in fat but rich in easily digested carbohydrates. Coconut water has received a great deal of attention for its perceived health benefits, and is an important treatment for acute diarrhoea in the developing world. It is said to have a similar electrolyte balance as that found in isotonic drinks, which some claim to be useful for rehydration after intensive exercise.
While on the other hand, Coconut milk is an opaque, milky-white liquid extracted from the grated pulp of mature coconuts. The opacity and rich taste of coconut milk are due to its high oil content, most of which is saturated fat. Coconut milk is a traditional food ingredient used in Southeast Asia, Oceania, South Asia, and East Africa. The milk has a thick consistency and a rich, creamy texture.
Coconut milk and coconut oil are also doing well in the beauty industry. Most skin and hair products have coconut oil or milk extracts in them, which are very beneficial to the users due to the mineral packed content the coconut oil and milk contain.