We know that it is best to introduce coconut water to babies after they are twelve months old. Apart from having refreshing effects, coconuts are well-known for their excellent nutritional value and curative qualities. Although it is a well-liked healthy drink among adults, particularly athletes, many parents are unsure if they can offer it to their babies.
So, as parents, should you invest in coconut water for your little one, or is it a luxurious add-on to a baby’s diet?
Is coconut water nutritious?
According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, coconut water is generally considered safe for children as it is rich in electrolytes, carbohydrates, and amino acids: the essential nutrients for a baby’s growth.
Coconut water health benefits:
- It boosts the immune system
- It has healthy fats that are good for the brain
- It protects from the flu and the cold
- It can be a natural remedy for fevers
- It gives a burst of energy
- It helps with constipation
How to give coconut water to toddlers
It is best to give fresh and strained coconut water in order to avoid any large bits. Coconut water is considered a juice, and babies under 1 year of age should drink only breastmilk or formula, along with sips of water throughout the day. A few sips of coconut water could be given to babies between 6 and 12 months of age occasionally, but we should not consider it a drink option this early on.
Coconut water from a freshly crack-opened coconut will only last for 1-2 days in the fridge. Do not leave it outside the refrigerator for more than 3 or 4 hours, or else it will lose its freshness.
Can I give my toddler coconut water instead of regular drinking water?
Coconut water shouldn't be substituted for regular water because it is high in sugar and potassium. However, you can serve it diluted with simple water or combine it with cooked rice and veggies. Due to the possibility of electrolyte imbalances in the body from excessive consumption, we advise giving coconut water to your toddler gradually.Is coconut a common allergen?
Coconut water: Important or extravagant?
You’re not depriving your baby of nutrients if you don’t offer coconut water to them, so it’s not a necessity to a child’s diet. Moreover, fresh coconuts can be quite expensive in many parts of the world, so you might not be able to invest in them that often. That said, we do recommend occasionally splurging on this fruit/nut, especially if your child is coming down with a flu.