Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A case for Coconut


Coconut is one of my favourite fruits. It is delicious and has many nutritional benefits. For some time coconut was considered unhealthy because it is high in saturated fats. New studies have vindicated the coconut and it is now considered a superfood.
Does coconut have a high amount of saturated fat? Yes, but the saturated fat in coconut is a naturally occurring one called lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). Our bodies metabolise MCTs differently, they are easily absorbed by the body and immediately used as energy. Lauric acid is what gives coconut many of its health benefits. Populations that eat coconut as a dietary staple are among the healthiest people in the world. Here are a few of its benefits;

  • It boosts our immunity. Coconut has been used for a long time as a remedy to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses in folk medicine.
  • It improves calcium and magnesium absorption thereby supporting the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Protects our bodies from free radicals which promote premature aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. 
  • It is a good source of quick nutritional energy.
  • Coconuts help in the treatment of epileptic seizures.
  • It metabolizes fat thereby resulting in loss of excess weight. It is reported that it reduces belly fat effectively.
  • Coconut is pure and sterile. It is even reported to have been used during the second world war for blood transfusion. 
  • Coconut water has a high concentration of electrolytes, making it a wonderful source of hydration.
  • Coconut oil protects teeth from bacteria that cause cavities and diseases. Rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your teeth keeps them strong and healthy.
  • It protects the body against heart disease.
  • It helps to keep our hair and skin healthy. 
  • Coconut oil is considered the healthiest oil for cooking.
   
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2 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, who would have thought. Great stuff!

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  2. Thank you. Welcome on board.

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