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Are Gold Coconuts Superior to Green Coconuts?
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: March 12, 2018 07:27PM

Green coconuts have a green shell. Gold coconuts have a gold/yellow shell.

I have heard from two suppliers of the water that the gold coconut water is superior to the green coconut water, in terms of nutrition. The taste is only slightly sweet and rich, without a typical coconut flavor.

I have never seen fresh Gold coconuts sold in the United States, but the bottled water is sold here.

Here is some info


The King Coconut
The King Coconut is indigenous to Sri Lanka, an island known as The Pearl of the Indian Ocean for its natural beauty. This special nut is aptly named 'King' for not only it's richer taste, but also for being a coconut variant with naturally occurring electrolyte levels that is very similar to our blood plasma, making it the perfect hydrating drink. Boldly boasting a golden husk, the King Coconut is widely known in the native country to be vastly superior to the green coconut in its reputation as a refreshing and rejuvenating drink

Prized for millennia for its nutritive and curative (Ayurvedic) powers, the King Coconut water is perhaps nature's most healthful essence. It is truly a labor of love from Mother Earth.



As much potassium as one and a half bananas

The same amount of magnesium as a serving of avocado

An amount of phosphorous equivalent to a half cup of beans

Two-thirds of a cup of milk’s worth of calcium

More than twice as much vitamin C compared to other coconut waters

8 oz of water contains 15% RDA of calcium, potassium and phosphorous


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Re: Are Gold Coconuts Superior to Green Coconuts?
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: March 12, 2018 07:31PM


Coconut water as blood plasma alternative?
In an absolute emergency, coconut water can be used as an alternative to blood plasma, but you're much better off just drinking it.
Coconut water as blood plasma alternative?
Tuesday 9th December 2014 12:57 pm

Would you reckon it’s outrageous to claim that coconut water is identical to human plasma – and so, you can inject it directly into the bloodstream?

Like all good myths, this has an element of truth, buried inside the lies.

Coconut water is the liquid inside a young coconut.

In the Solomon Islands the coconut is an essential part of their diet. The locals describe six distinct stages of the coconut as it develops. But to make it easy, let’s say a young coconut is about seven months old – that’s when they have the maximum amount of water relative to the coconut flesh. (By the way, coconut water is very different from coconut milk. Coconut milk is the emulsion of the freshly grated coconut combined with the coconut water.)

If the shell of the coconut has not been cracked, the coconut water inside is usually sterile – that is, free of bacteria and the like. So if its constituents are very similar to blood, could it be injected safely into people, to replace fluid loss?

Back in 1942, Dr Pradera in Havana, Cuba filtered coconut water and injected it into the veins of 12 children, at rates of around one-to-two litres per 24 hours. He reported no adverse reactions.

It is also claimed that, during World War Two, both the British in Sri Lanka and the Japanese in Sumatra regularly used coconut water when the standard intravenous fluids ran out. However, this is just anecdotal – it was never reported formally in the peer-reviewed medical literature.

In 1954, three doctors – Eisman, Lozano and Hager – combined the findings from their research. Between them, they had administered coconut water intravenously to 157 patients in Thailand, the USA and in Honduras – the majority, 136, being in Honduras. Out of 157 patients, 11 (that’s about 7 per cent) had reactions to the coconut water. These reactions included fever, itchiness, headache and tingling in the hands. Some unspecified number of patients also suffered aching sensations along the veins into which the coconut water was infused. This was thought to be due to the high potassium levels of coconut water.

And this brings us to the claim that coconut water is identical to blood plasma. It isn’t.

(There are two different “lots” of water in your body – the water inside your cells, and the water outside your cells.)

Human blood is about 55 per cent salty water, and about 45 per cent cells – overwhelmingly red blood cells with a tiny sprinkling of white blood cells and the like. The red blood cells give blood its red colour.

The salty water, called plasma, is a clear slightly yellowish liquid, with high levels of sodium, low levels of potassium, and trace amounts of other minerals. Genuine intravenous fluids are manufactured to have high sodium and low potassium.

Coconut water is not identical to the plasma. Instead, it is closer to the liquid inside the red blood cells, with low sodium and high potassium – the exact opposite. Everywhere in your body, when you compare the liquid inside your hundreds of trillions of cells with the liquid outside these cells, the levels of sodium and potassium are opposite. In fact, each cell has myriads of sodium and potassium pumps to shove the sodium outside, and the potassium inside.

Coconut water has about one-fortieth the sodium level of plasma, while the potassium level is about 10-15 times higher. But besides the high potassium, coconut water is also loaded with calcium and magnesium, which means it’s definitely not suitable for patients with kidney failure, severe burns, etc. Another problem is that it is much more acidic than human plasma. The bottom line is that coconut water is not identical to human plasma.

However, in an emergency, coconut water can be used. One case in the recent medical literature involved a man who had recently suffered a stroke – in the remote Solomon Islands. He had difficulty in swallowing, choked on both liquids and solids and repeatedly vomited them up. He was rehydrated with regular IV fluids, and fed via a tube directly into his stomach. After 36 days in hospital, he could no longer tolerate the feeding tube. Unfortunately, the hospital had run out of IV fluids, and because of its remoteness, would not get supplies for two days.

Over these next two days, the doctors infused about two-and-a-half litres of coconut water, to tide him over the crisis. He recovered the ability to swallow, and was discharged from hospital on day 39.

So while coconut water is flavour of the month in food-fad land, taking it intravenously might be one step too far!

tags: Diet and Nutrition | Science | Science and Technology

© 2018 Karl S. Kruszelnicki Pty Ltd

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/12/2018 07:35PM by Tai.

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Re: Are Gold Coconuts Superior to Green Coconuts?
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: March 23, 2018 09:34PM

It would be nice to get the full length article. The reason I raised the topic here is because the Sri Lankan sales reps told me that the gold coconuts are what were used for the IV fluid in Sri Lanka. I wonder what color coconut was used for the Solomon Island patient below.


The intravenous use of coconut water.

Campbell-Falck D1, Thomas T, Falck TM, Tutuo N, Clem K.
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Medical resources routinely used for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients may be limited in remote regions of the world. When faced with these shortages, physicians have had to improvise with the available resources, or simply do without. We report the successful use of coconut water as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid for a Solomon Island patient, a laboratory analysis of the local coconuts, and a review of previously documented intravenous coconut use.

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Re: Are Gold Coconuts Superior to Green Coconuts?
Posted by: RawPracticalist ()
Date: March 24, 2018 12:52PM

Thanks for sharing.
Very informative.
But are bottled coconut waters any good?
Gold coconuts are most likely superior but where can we find fresh ones?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2018 01:16PM by RawPracticalist.

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Re: Are Gold Coconuts Superior to Green Coconuts?
Posted by: dvdai ()
Date: March 28, 2018 04:04PM

I love coconut water but my location does not make it the best to get fresh. We do have plenty available in the packaged form but I wonder what is lost in the processing?


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Re: Are Gold Coconuts Superior to Green Coconuts?
Posted by: riverhousebill ()
Date: April 01, 2018 12:41AM

The coconuts from Ben Tre are prized in Vietnam-higher oil content

Ben Tre The “Capital” of Coconuts
With vast gardens of green coconut trees, Ben Tre Province is considered the “capital” of coconuts in Vietnam. For the local people, coconut trees have a special place in their cultural life as well as the economic development process.
The coconut region of Ben Tre
Situated in the Cuu Long River Delta, Ben Tre Province has favourable soil conditions for the growth of coconut trees. The trees here have a lot of fruit which has a higher content of oil than the coconuts grown in other regions of the country.
Compared with other plants, coconut trees in Ben Tre have the highest value. The fruit is used to make everything, from food and drinks to household utensils, fine arts items and to build houses. It has brought prosperity to Ben Tre farmers.

The well-known green coconuts of Ben Tre. Photo: Le Minh

The peaceful beauty of the coconut forests in Ben Tre. Photo: Le Minh

Coconuts are one of the main materials used to make many well-known products in Ben Tre. Photo: Nguyen Luan

Selling coconuts on the Ham Luong River. Photo: Nguyen Luan

Drying coconut fiber. Photo: Nguyen Luan

Thanh Long Coconut Candy Factory. Photo: Le Minh

Making coconut jelly in Minh Chau Workshop. Photo: Le Minh

Packing coconut jelly products in Minh Chau Coconut Jelly Workshop. Photo: Le Minh

Packaging dried coconut meat. Photo: Le Minh

We visited a coconut garden owned by Do Thanh Thuong who is called “The king of Ben Tre coconuts” in Long Hung Commune, Giong Trom District. In 1999, he was awarded the title “The most excellent coconut grower in Vietnam” by the Asia – Pacific Coconut Community (APCC). In 2004 this organization gave him the “Tree of Life” award. While leading us to visit his 2.5ha garden of coconut trees laden with fruit, he said: “In 2011 my family earned a total income of nearly 300 million from coconuts, excluding the fruit left on trees.”
From April 4 – 9, 2012, Ben Tre will host the 3rd Ben Tre Coconut Festival with the theme “Ben Tre on the way of integration and development” to honour and promote the coconut sector. It is expected that many businesses at home and from the member countries of the Asia – Pacific Coconut Community will participate in the festival.
In 2011, Ben Tre Province had over 51,000ha of coconut trees, of which over 41,000ha yielded an output of over 400 million fruit/year. The province has about 70 enterprises and 1,400 facilities with nearly 50,000 workers engaged in producing and processing coconut products. There is a 100% foreign-funded company and a joint venture company with Sri Lanka.
Talking about the benefits of the coconut processing industry, Ho Vinh Sang, Chairman of Ben Tre Coconut Association said: “If we sell a coconut via small trading ways we get only about 11,000 VND, while a coconut processed into a product for export will bring more than 100,000 VND, more than 10 times higher”. This shows that the coconut processing industry can bring great economic efficiency. It also brings jobs for the local people.
Now, Ben Tre has more than 40 categories of products made from coconuts, like dried scraped coconut meat, coconut fibers, coconut candy and coconut jelly. They have been exported to many countries around the world, such as China, Taiwan, India, Cambodia, Laos, the US, France, Canada and Australia. In addition, there are over 100 types of fine art items made from coconut tree, coconut fruit, coconut shells and stems, and they are much sought after by consumers. Every year, coconut products account for about 50% of the province’s export turnover.

Strategy of the coconut region
Defining the coconut tree as a strategic crop in the economic development of the province’s targets from now until 2020, the authorities pay great attention to investing in the coconut processing industry and considers it one of the two key industries to develop the local economy. Over the past years, the leaders of Ben Tre Province and departments have made great efforts to map out a sustainable direction for the development of coconut trees and implemented many solutions to expand the consumption market.
Besides stabilizing the domestic market, the province has expanded the market to 80 countries in the world. Europe is defined as the target market; America is a potential market with North America, mainly the US, Canada and Mexico as a focus; Africa will be a new market because it has great demands for different categories of goods and the requirements on the goods’ quality are suitable to the production capacity of the province.

Ben Tre is famous for handicraft products made from coconut. Photo: Le Minh

Ben Tre is famous for handicraft products made from coconut. Photo: Le Minh

Ben Tre is famous for handicraft products made from coconut. Photo: Le Minh

Ben Tre coconuts are well-known around the country. Photo: Le Minh

To be able to supply enough materials for the coconut processing industry, Ben Tre Province is establishing the specialized coconut-growing areas in Cho Lach, Chau Thanh, Mo Cay and Giong Trom Districts and applying the model of household’s cultivation. The province has implemented many support projects, such as improving about 20,000ha of perennial coconut trees, growing alternately coconut trees and cocoa trees, increasing the acreage of high-yield coconut trees and applying the model of growing coconut trees along with raising shrimp.
Great investment has been made for the research, hybridization and selection of coconut varieties. As a result, a lot of new and hybrid coconut varieties have been produced. Some salinity-resistant varieties are being experimentally cultivated to adapt to the climate change which is happening rapidly in the Mekong River Delta.
Ben Tre is striving to increase the coconut area to over 53,000ha by 2020 and reach an output of 500 million coconuts/year. The province is also making efforts to make coconut trees soon to be recognized as a key plant of the nation. With this strategy, it is hoped that in the near future, the coconut processing industry will develop strongly, making an effective contribution to the socio-economic development of the province.

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