Although you may see it in the grocery store often, or all around you is you live in the tropics, the Coconut is quickly becoming a favorite for healthy and vegan chefs worldwide. The reasons are simple; the coconut is one food that contains the highest nutritional density on the planet. What that means is that it includes almost all the essential nutrients needed by the human being.
For example, from the coconut, you can get water, meat, oil, and sugar from the palm. The water from the coconut is an excellent source of nutrients, and it is natural and unpasteurized. Coconut water also contains antioxidants that have been proven to protect your cells from the damage caused by free radicals. More recent studies also are showing promising results that coconut water may have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties, making it a heart-healthy option.
As for the meat of the coconut, it is also a healthy powerhouse. Raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber, which studies have begun to show that it boosts your health by supporting both digestion and your metabolism. Another encouraging outcome is that raw coconut meat has also been proven to help normalizing bowel movements. Another health benefit is that the fiber in raw coconut may also lower the amount of LDL which is considered the “bad” cholesterol in your bloodstream and therefore may also be protecting you against heart disease.
Most people are aware that coconut oil is an excellent alternative to olive oil, especially when cooking at high temperatures. It has a higher smoke point and therefore is a better choice when choosing to deep fry something. To say that Coconut oil, which is composed of 92% saturated fat, seems counterintuitive, however, two-thirds are medium chain fatty acids which highlight lauric acid. Lauric acid contains both antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce inflammation throughout your body.
The saturated fats of coconut oil are also the least vulnerable to oxidation and damage caused by light, giving it the most extended shelf life of all the different oil choices in today’s stores. Most health experts recommend that you try to choose organic and unrefined coconut oil which is processed the least. And just like everything else in your diet, it should be consumed in moderation.
There is also a multitude of other uses for this superfood. Coconut is currently found as an ingredient in things such as hair masks, deodorant, and toothpaste among other products. Simply put, Coconuts are rich in fiber, packed with essential vitamins and minerals and highly nutritious. So whether it be in water, meat or oil form, coconut is an excellent addition to anyone who is focused on starting or maintaining a more healthy diet.