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Coconut Water Vs Coconut Milk VS Coconut Oil

Updated on April 11, 2012

Coconut Derived Products

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between coconut water, coconut milk, and coconut oil? Well I have, so I started to do some reading on the subject. It turns out that people have figured out that coconuts can provide many different products with unique benefits.

Coconuts offer superb nutrition in all its many forms. Coconut meat, juice, milk and oil supplied people who lived in the tropics with a staple, extremely healthy food and drink for centuries. Fortunately, those who live in colder climes can now enjoy the healthy glow people get from coconuts. Coconut water, milk and oil all confer many health benefits to consumers, but it is good to know what each product is, what to expect from it and how to use it in daily life.

Coconut Water

Coconut water is actually coconut juice, the liquid sloshing around in the interior of the young fatty nut. A delicious drink, coconut water is sweet, clear and full of electrolytes, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. Young coconuts are harvested at about five to seven months of age. These tender, still green coconuts produce the finest coconut water.

Coconut water is recognized as a potent treatment for diarrhea, as the water’s electrolytes and minerals work to quickly re-hydrate patients. If you’re prone to bladder or kidney infections, coconut water can flush out these organs, detoxifying and purifying the entire urinary system. Coconut water contains the same lauric acid as mother’s milk, providing a powerful boost to your immune system. Lauric acid is known to be antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Coconut water is the lowest in fat of the other coconut products; it is also low in carbs and sugars, so drink freely of coconut water to enhance your health.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is produced by mixing coconut water and fresh coconut meat, which is then pressed to expel the milk. Rich in vitamins and minerals, coconut milk also contains medium chain fatty acids, the fatty acid type most easily recognized and used by your body. Coconut milk has saturated fat, but this fat is in the form your body loves and needs. Coconut milk is widely used in cooking by many cultures, especially Caribbean and Southeast Asian, where the milk provides scrumptious flavor as well as healthy nutrients. Use coconut milk in smoothies, rice dishes, soups and curries. It also makes a facial that soothes and softens your skin. People who cannot drink cow's milk can easily switch to the more flavorful and healthy coconut milk.

One cup of coconut milk contains protein, good fats, fiber, vitamins B, C and E and a is a rich source of potassium, potassium, selenium, calcium and iron. Consuming the milk or the liquid endosperm of the coconut palm fruit will help you maintain blood sugar levels, give you softer, smoother skin, help build strong bones, prevent heart disease, ease any joint inflammation you might have and boost your immune system. Delicious coconut milk delivers a myriad of health benefits while tasting like a dream come true.

Coconut Oil

To make coconut oil, mature coconut meat is dried, then it is heated at low temperatures while the moisture evaporates, leaving coconut oil as the residue. With pure, organic coconut oil, no other process is necessary. After decades of being put down as a saturated fat, coconut oil is finally receiving recognition as one of the healthiest oils known to man. It’s the medium chain fatty acids that make all the difference. A 1981 study of South Pacific islanders noted that 60 percent of their diet consisted of coconut fat, yet these healthy, lean people had extremely low rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes or obesity. Using coconut oil as your cooking oil will give you a real health boost, including protecting against liver damage, normalizing blood lipids, preventing gall bladder and kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes. Coconut oil, like coconut water and milk, contains lauric acid, with its ability to kill bacterial, viruses and fungi. A healthy dose of coconut oil will help you absorb minerals more efficiently from your food. Whether you ingest coconut oil or apply it topically, it will do wonders for your hair and skin.

Coconut Conversation

Coconuts are such amazing marvels of nature. They provide so much to those that use them. Let us know how you use coconut products and everything else you want to share about coconuts.

Do you use coconuts and coconut products in your normal day to day life?

Yes, I use coconut products everyday. (Tell us what you use and how you use them).

Yes, I use coconut products everyday. (Tell us what you use and how you use them).

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    • Deborah Minter 3 weeks ago from U.S, California

      Good article... I use coconut oil to make soap. I use coconut milk to drink and as a hair care product. I just love to drink coconut water on a hot day.

    • Fax 2 years ago

      green tea hot water honey and large teaspoon coconut oil organic yum yum detox at its best

    • Fax 2 years ago

      green tea hot water honey and large teaspoon coconut oil organic yum yum detox at its best

    • Ziggy 2 years ago

      I just learned about the benefits of coconut oil so I'm new to using it. I've been drinking it everyday for about a week with warm water. No significant difference to my health or weight yet but I'm sure I will notice something soon.

    • fizz 2 years ago

      Hey you would believe that this is God's natural way of curing disease. I had skin problems from athletes foot and other skin problems. Dr. Gives you creams and lotions. Yet god supplies natural coconuts with the human body in mind.

      Prescription drugs cost big dollars. Coconuts cost pennies. So you do the math. Doctors get paid to push drugs for the manufactures. They want profit for you being sick. Natural cures are the way to go. Do the research and you will see. Go natural for the cures for diseases. You would be amazed at what you will find. These herbalist got it. DDr . don't. The coconut oil destroyed the fungus as well softened my skin. Kills dandruff dead. So use well no adverse reactions to the product.

    • Sara Kinzy 2 years ago

      Try it in your protein shakes! Put a little in your morning hot cereal. Really good in buckwheat. Good as a massage oil too. It is edible so husbands and wives be nice to each other a have a romantic time exchange back and body massages!

    • Sara Kinzy 2 years ago

      Try it in your protein shakes! Put a little in your morning hot cereal. Really good in buckwheat

    • Fran 2 years ago

      Everyone should replace all oil in their pantry (except extra virgin olive oil) with coconut oil, and milk. Don't mistake the coconut drinks sold in milk cartons., that are sugary and non nutritious. Read the labels! Real coconut milk and oil has the same kind of nutrients as mothers breast milk and we all know how good and nutritious that is. It has many many health benefits if you take it on a daily basis and get the recommended amounts. It contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids that are healthy unlike the other kinds of oil which are not.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I put it in my coffee, I use it as eye make up remover, I wash my face with it (a method called oil cleansing), I use it as a superior skin moisturizer (it completely absorbs in about 15 min allowing you to put clothes over it without worry, I mix it with baking soda and stevia for an excellent toothpaste, I use it for deodorant, hair conditioning treatment, a really small amount for dry hair smoothing, I use it on wooden furniture, I rub it into my fingernails, lip gloss and lip softening, and to brighten dark spots on skin. I also cook with it (you can cook at high temperatures with it unlike olive oil), and it smooths rough feet really really well. I'm obsessed with it. I polish the marble in my bathroom with it.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Coconuts are GODSENT!! They provide everything our bodies need to stay healthy. I use coconut oil on my skin and hair. I also take a teaspoon internally to kill any bad bacterial in my gut and to enhance my immune system. Like I said, it's Godsent. If I was stranded on a deserted island or any tropic setting, the FIRST thing I would look for are the coconuts for survival.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I put coconut oil, honey and cinnamon on some whole wheat bread yesterday. Yum, yum. My new favorite snack.

    • TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Absolutely! Coconut water is so refreshing and it's great for cleansing. Coconut oil is perfect for your hair to keep it healthy and shiny. And the list goes on and on! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

    • Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I love coconut water, but maybe a bit less now I know it's called liquid endosperm!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I use milk, oil and water. I cook and bake with the oil and milk. Although I love the water it upsets my stomach :(

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello sir,

      We supply coconut and coconut products from India

      Kindly give detail for how about market of coconut in your city

      Just give some references to find ........ and give opinion thrugh mail




    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello sir,

      We supply coconut and coconut products from India

      Kindly give detail for how about market of coconut in your city

      Just give some references to find




    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I use coconut oil for cooking and baking. It's my permanent cooking oil now although it leaves some of my food with a slight coconut taste, I don't mind it at all, knowing that it's very beneficial. I also use the oil as a moisturizer or a hot oil hair treatment.

      I drink coconut water because I exercise on a daily basis so it helps keep my energy levels high. It truly is magnificent!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, it works wonders for acid reflux!

    • PatrickBullock 4 years ago

      Hey there, I really enjoyed your blog. I could not help noticing that it is pretty similar to my coconut oil blog. I wanted to know if you would be willing to trade featured links to help each others' traffic. You see, your blog sells coconut water, which mine does not, so you would have no competition on that front. I would also be more than happy to put post a link to your blog on my other lens, which is geared toward vegan supplements. This would be great for me, as I am still attempting to get more than three page visits. Thanks!

    • anitabreeze 4 years ago

      Yes, I use coconut oil and flour. Sometimes milk and water.

    • Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Yes, hair conditioner and in cooking most days. Love coconut products!

    • Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      I use coconut oil in smoothies, and hair conditioning. I have recently discovered how healthy it is.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I am just starting to experiment with this product. My husband had a stroke and I am diabetic. So I have high hopes!

    • DrCimren 4 years ago

      ya i do use cocunut oil to nourish and smoothen hair....

    • marufoptimal lm 4 years ago

      coconut oil is good for hair. I use it regularly. :D

    • Takkhis 4 years ago

      Always use coconut products!

    • Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      For cooking, hydration and as a moisturizer

    • Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I was younger, my mom used it daily in her cooking. I've tired them all, coconut water, milk and oil. I love coconut water!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I use coconut oil daily for cooking instead of other types of oils. It is high in nutritional value and at the same time it can withstand high temperatures so it maintains its nutritional value unlike other oils.

    • kcsantos 4 years ago

      I'm into coconut water. It's healthy and refreshing.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your article, to the poin and informative!

    • KandH 4 years ago

      I especially love coconut water, but also use the oil for my hair and cook with coconut milk especially in soups and curries - for some reason I don't like the oil for cooking much.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes I use coconut products everyday

    • julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Well, interestingly enough, it is Heather who has turned me on to coconut oil.

    • Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      every day

    • Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      all the time- coconut water is my drink of choice.

    No, but I want to learn more about using coco-based products and the many benefits of doing so.

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      • Mel Mal 19 months ago

        1)Coconut water or juice is the clear liquid that is contained inside coconut. 2) Coconut milk is the white liquid that is produced when you compress the white flesh of a mature coconut.

        3) Coconut oil is the oil produced after processing the coconut milk obtained as in 2). Best method of processing involves mixing the milk with water and allowing the mixture to settle for about 48 hours. The oil will rise to the top of the mix and is harvested. The harvested oil is oplaced in a jar and is covered with a celophane sheet ( make sure its air tight) so that any remaining water can evaporate on the sheet and is removed. Voila you have your top quality oil.

      • Christine 20 months ago

        I make our protein shakes with coconut milk,frozen berries or carrot puree and a tablesoon of coconut oil : delicious especially since I am trying tobe lactose free !!!!

      • JOCELYNE 23 months ago


        Everyday for my hair and skin

      • WriterJanis2 4 years ago

        I use them sometimes, but not everyday.

      • chickie99 4 years ago

        interesting lens. would like to learn more about coconut products.

      • bbathrooms 4 years ago

        No, but I'll certainly think about doing so now that I've read this!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I know the many uses and benefits of using coconut, I don't use it everyday though.

      • OrganicMom247 5 years ago

        I use coconuts but not everyday.

      • Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin

        I do now and then. But should use it more often.

      • JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

        I do enjoy coconut once in a while, and have some perfume oil that is coconut scented, but do not have it on a daily basis... I think I will try to have it more often now that I know there are so many health benefits to coconuts :)

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