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Legendary Coconuts & Hydration Myths

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Thenghu chathikkilla is an old adage in Malayalam which translates to, “a coconut tree won’t let you down.” Well, meet the double coconut tree (Lodoicea maldivica), which bears the largest seed known to science (25 kg), can live up to 1000 years, and (according to legend) can confer immunity against poisons. The problem is, there’s only one double coconut tree planted in India and it’s a globally threatened species. Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India spent decades researching ways to preserve this near-mythical tree. Heat got you craving for a bottle of something hydrating? Registered dietitian and nutritionist Ellie Krieger gives a breakdown on the different types of waters on the market, from bottled waters to plant-derived waters and explains the benefits each one offers (or doesn’t).
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Coconut

If you’re itching for a tropical getaway, enjoying a coconut snack could help conjure up images of cool sand, blue waters, and swaying palm trees. The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) and its fruits may very well be the symbol of paradise, since coconut is an ingredient in many Southeast Asian and Pacific Island cuisines. If you find yourself eager to whip up some curry, puttu, Ginataang Manok, macaroons, a cold glass of piña colada, or just feel like sticking a straw into a coconut, take some time to digest a little bit of coconut science before cracking open a coconut. Read more