Here’s our breakdown of what the differences are:
Coconut water is the liquid found in the cavity of the coconut. The ultimate thirst quencher and a tasty alternative to water. This natural liquid is packed with nutrients that yield an array of benefits. Many sports enthusiast refer to coconut water as nature’s Gatorade with fewer calories and less sodium. Just always be sure to check the labels for added sugars!
Derived from the meat of the coconut, coconut milk is full of nutrition! It’s made by soaking the grated coconut flesh in hot water, skimming off the cream and then straining the remaining. Why’s it good for you, you ask? Well, let’s begin by saying it’s got over many vitamins in it (C, E, B1, B3 to name a few) and it is believed to aid with inflammation and assist with absorption of these ‘good for you’ vitamins.
The main difference between coconut water and milk is their calorie content; one cup of coconut milk contains around 500 calories and 50 grams of fat, whereas coconut water only contains 45 calories. In order to cut down on saturated fat, you can always opt for low-fat coconut milk when using coconut milk to cook or mix into smoothies!
Last but not least, introducing coconut oil! Coconut oil, like coconut milk is also derived from the meat of the coconut. Coconut oil’s benefits are due to one important factor: its fatty acid composition. With it’s high concentration of medium-chain saturated fatty acids like lauric acid, they aid with fighting inflammation and are easily digested. They sure do put up one powerful fight against pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungal infections. Grab the coconut oil instead of your olive oil when roasting vegetables, it gives it a sweeter taste!
In case you’re a DIY kind of person, here is a great tutorial on how to make your own coconut oil. Or, how to make virgin coconut oil.