Coconut water and coconut milk come from the same place, but are more different than you may think. Each has their own use and place in a healthy diet. Read on for more info!
• What Are They?
Coconut water is the naturally-occurring, translucent and sweet liquid that’s inside young, green coconuts. Coconut milk is a processed product that’s made from grating, simmering, and straining the flesh of mature brown coconuts and then adding water.
• How Are They Used?
Coconut water is a refreshing drink that is low-calorie, contains some fiber, and can help replenish electrolytes. Coconut milk can be used as a dairy milk alternative when it’s made with a good amount of water and thinned out, while thicker coconut milk is used to add creaminess to sauces in many Indian and Asian dishes.
• How Do They Compare?
Nutritionally, the two are quite different. One cup of coconut water has 45 calories and one cup of coconut milk comes in at 10 times that with 445 calories. Coconut water provides mostly water with a little fiber and coconut milk provides mostly fat since it includes coconut flesh, making its calories much higher. Both include a nice variety of vitamins and minerals.