Cracking Open the Differences between Coconut Water & Coconut Milk

You may have often noticed posters of athletes sipping pure goodness from a coconut shell or female models lying around on a beach, soaking in the pleasures of a green coconut. You may have also seen advertisements convincing you to buy packaged coconut milk to add a dash of deliciousness to your food. 

Coconut Water & Coconut Milk

But have you ever wondered how coconut water differs from coconut milk?

Let’s crack open the differences!

What is Coconut Water?

Coconut water is the clear liquid contained inside tender, young coconuts. It is a popular cooling beverage, consumed to beat the heat during summers in tropical regions like the Caribbean, Africa, Pacific Islands, India, Brazil and Southeast Asia. In areas where coconut water is not freshly available, it is made available in packaged bottles.

In recent years, owing to its high mineral content and low calorific value, coconut water has gained immense popularity as the “miracle health drink”.

What is Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk is derived from mature coconuts and unlike coconut water, it is not naturally available. Coconut milk is obtained by squeezing out the liquid from the grated flesh of mature coconuts. The thick white hue and rich taste of coconut milk are its characteristic traits which make it a popular ingredient in Southeast Asian food preparations.

Coconut Water v/s Coconut Milk 

Although coconut water and coconut milk are derivates of the same fruit, both are quite different from each other.

Nutritional Value

Coconut water is considered as the healthier option than coconut milk because coconut water is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, electrolytes, phytonutrients, and has low fat and calorie content. Coconut milk, on the other hand, contains fat and fatty acids besides vitamins, minerals and proteins. However, this fat is saturated and safe for moderate consumption.

Health Benefits

Coconut water is used to treat diarrhea and dehydration. And it is recommended to purify the urinary system in case of bladder and kidney infections. Coconut water is also known to strengthen immunity owing to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

The consumption of coconut milk improves skin texture, prevents heart diseases, strengthens bones, keeps blood sugar levels in check, eases joint pains and boosts immunity.


The delicious taste of coconut water makes it a desirable drink; whereas, coconut milk is used in food preparations. A less likely known use of both coconut water and coconut milk is its direct application to the skin for a soft and fresh glow.

So, What’s Your Pick?

Don’t both coconut water and coconut milk seem like generous marvels of nature? They have so much to offer; don’t they? Where coconut water gains much preference in terms of its low fat and calorie content, coconut milk loses out on its fat content. However, the moderate consumption of this tasty concoction is always refreshing.

So are you considering a healthy coconut diet with coconut water and coconut milk for a slender frame and healthy body? What’s going to be your pick…coconut water or coconut milk?

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Sandhya Valecha

Sandhya Valecha is a word consultant besides being a writer-editor. She founded Sandhya has been featured on Indian Womenpreneurs and Story Exchange.

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