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Legendary Coconuts & Hydration Myths

Science & FoodBy Science & FoodJul 16, 2015 2:00 PM

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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).

India's only double coconut tree artificially pollinated

– The Hindu

Is coconut really more hydrating? Clarifying myths and fact on waters.

– The Washington Post

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