What’s the first thing that creeps into your mind upon hearing the word ‘coconut’? Palm trees? Tropical beaches? Exotic locations?

For most people, their knowledge or experience of coconuts ends roughly there. However, coconuts are looked at as the new miracle food and used in everything from healthy cuisine to age defying beauty regimens. For many, coconuts are not just something you enjoy occasionally in a sweet Pina Colada, but a whole way of life!

Coconuts are awesome. Period. They’re one of the best food sources available, not only because they’re incredibly delicious but they’re also super nutritious, and here’s why…

Coconut Oil & Coconut Meat

One of the best things about coconuts is the white meat found inside the nut. It’s a delicious, gluten free source of protein, fiber and healthy fats packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

Coconut meat is often used as a meat substitute by vegans for many items including vegan bacon, vegan potato chips and other delightful vegan snacks.

Coconut oil (which is produced from compressing the meat) is a tremendously useful and beneficial substance. Among its numerous health benefits, it boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, aids in digestive health and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties help fight and prevent infections and viruses. Ironically, for years and years coconut oil was wrongly vilified for being very high in saturated fats and therefore leading to an increased risk of heart disease. While coconut oil does contain large amounts of saturated fats, it is very important to understand that not all saturated fats are equal! The chemical make up and their nutritional content differs greatly!

To be able to understand why the saturated fat found in coconut meat and coconut oil is good for you, but the saturated fats found in fast, processed and ‘dead’ foods are not, you need to look at two areas. The first is Medium-chain (MCTs) and Long-chain Triglycerides (LCTs), and the second is Lauric Acid.

So what on earth are medium and long chain triglycerides and Lauric acid I hear you ask? Don’t worry, it’s simple.

MCTs and LCTs are also known as fatty acids, which are found in the majority of foods we consume on a daily basis and can be short chained, medium chained or long chained.

Long-chained fatty acids, like those found in most foods, are very difficult for our digestive systems to break down, and put immense strain on the liver and pancreas. As well as this, LCTs get stored in the body fat and will be deposited in and clog up your arteries. Not nice.

Medium-chained fatty acids, like those found in coconuts, by comparison are easily absorbed into our cells, put no strain what-so-ever on our organs, and rather than being stored as fat they’re instead sent directly to the liver which converts them to instant usable energy. Very nice. In fact, these Medium-chained triglycerides in no way damage human health and rather produce quite the opposite effect.

Coconut Oil is GOOD for fat loss and your Heart!

Despite what many people will have heard about coconut’s saturated fat (based on old, outdated studies) leading nutritional experts, including Dr. Mercola, agree that coconut oil is actually beneficial for weight loss! That’s right, consuming coconut oil will help you LOSE weight!

A double-blind, randomised clinical trial of 40 woman divided into two groups, showed that those who consumed coconut oil supplements saw a reduction in waist line circumference and abdominal fat, among other benefits.

Also, habitats where coconut meat and oil have been consumed as a staple food for centuries have been shown to have dramatically lower heart disease and high-cholesterol figures than countries in the West, whose inhabitants in the main still believe it to be bad for human health.

Additional benefits of Coconuts

The other main reason the saturated fats found in coconut oil and coconut meat are truly wonderful for human health and wellness is the high Lauric Acid content found within them. Rarely found in nature, Lauric acid is the humble coconut’s secret ingredient, which is considered by some health experts to be a “miracle” substance.

The reason for this is that Lauric acid, when consumed, is turned into a substance, which delivers incredible health benefits. That substance is called monolaurin, and it has been found to destroy viruses (such as HIV, influenza and herpes) and is also an exceptionally strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal property!

As the coconut’s oil and meat contains the highest amount of Lauric acid of any other food source on the planet, consuming this delectable oil can be considered a serious investment in your own health!

 

That's not all...

As well as reaping the benefits from consuming coconut oil, it also works well when applied topically to the skin! It is a fantastic natural moisturiser and can even be used as sun block.

Additionally, a young coconut contains a fresh, sweet liquid that is actually more refreshing than water. Coconut water is quite possibly the freshest and purest water known to man! It’s never seen the light of day, never been oxidized, and none of its mineral or vitamin content has been altered or destroyed.

It’s packed full of electrolytes (making it an ideal pre and post-workout drink), enzymes, amino acids, healthy salts and vitamins. The delicious water is also a great source of potassium, contains easily digestible carbs and has been shown to increase metabolism, making it a handy weight-loss tool!

To put it bluntly, drinking coconut water is like drinking milk from the breast of the Earth!

The difference between Young and Mature Coconuts

There are two different types of coconuts, both of which can be consumed.

Young and mature coconuts are both very nutritious but each has their individual strengths. The young coconut (vibrant green shell) for example has more water inside and a soft, gel-like meat, whereas the mature coconut (brown hairy shell) have a more thick, fibrous and flavoursome meat with less water.

Of the two, young coconuts are the most health enhancing, which is why we only use 100% young organic Thai coconuts.

The term Raw/Living Food Should Not Scare You

Consuming coconut oil, meat, or its water in their raw state is extremely revitalising and beneficial for human health. But the same goes for all raw or “living” foods.

When you consume raw foods, the enzymes, nutrients, vitamins and minerals are still in their natural state so they can be absorbed and used by your body the way nature intended them to be. Cooking food above 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) destroys these nutrients and enzymes. We are then effectively eating “dead food” which is difficult to break down and offers us very little nutritional value.

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