It is so easy to consume so much soy products. I still do in a form of more natural and traditional state such as natto, tempeh, miso, tamari or soy sauce and tofu etc. However I do try to stay away from soy flour or highly processed soy milk as much as possible and having it too much. Soy products do have a good side as well. So may be I will do a proper article again on that. But today it is all about cracking a coconut!
My daughter and I have discovered coconut juices for sale lately and been enjoying the naturally sweet taste. They are quite expensive though. So when I saw a fresh drinking coconut I was ready to have a go myself.
It is surprising easy.
All you'd need is a good sharp knife. You can get to enjoy the coconut flesh as well. I will be making coconut milk out of that later.
So here is what you do....
Lay it on its side and use a knife to shave the white pith off the top of the coconut. rotate until you see the hard woody centre.
Find a natural stress line of the coconut (it is usually around the crown) and open using your knife. BE CAREFUL!
this is the water inside. Yep. it's clear like water but taste and see how sweet it is!!
Hardest part....drinking it
Soy milk is an easy and common alternative drink to other dairy drinks. but there are other beverages that are as useful.
almond milk or other nut milk
and coconut milk or juice
here is the list of positive facts about coconut water/juice
1 Coconut water is a nutritious beverage. it contains natural sugars and a complex array of vitamins and minerals and has less than 2% fat.
2 Coconut water can be used as intravenous solution. It has the same concentration of electrolytes found in human blood. During World War II, doctors treating wounded soldiers used coconut water to give emergency plasma transfusions when they ran out of IVs. This is why coconut water is also called the "fluid of life".
3 Coconut water is good for controlling cholesterol. Researchers have found positive effects of this wonder juice on patients with cholesterol by helping in the prevention of atherosclerosis, otherwise known as the hardening of arteries.
4 Coconut water helps in revitalizing the reproductive system. Fresh coconut juice extracted from green coconuts is known to increase libido and enhance sexual performance. Men and women who tried drinking it regularly reported an increase in sex drive and an improved sex life.
5 Coconut water has shown to act as an antioxidant. Drinking fresh coconut water is reported to clean out many types of destructive free radicals in the body. It also protects the hemoglobin in the blood from nitrate-induced oxidation.
6 Coconut water aids people with constipation problems. This natural juice has a laxative effect. Drinking lots of coconut water everyday improves bowel movement by loosening the stools.
7 Coconut water is known to treat urinary infection and bladder problems. Medical research has shown that consumption of coconut water is very effective in dissolving kidney stones and helps prevent bladder infections. Since coconut juice is a natural diuretic, it increases urine flow, preventing the buildup of kidney stones and flushing out existing ones.
8 Coconut water is a natural sports drink. If offers the same amount of electrolytes and potassium found in conventional sports drinks with less calories and without the artificial ingredients added.