Coconuts are a member of a palm family and have many traditional uses such as food (the obvious) and health cosmetics. It’s only very recently that we’ve seen a rise in the use for coconuts especially within the health and beauty industry. So how can coconuts benefit our health?
High In Electrolytes
Electrolytes are vital for the normal functioning of all organs in the human body. They contribute to regulating:
- Nerve and muscle function
- Body’s hydration
- Blood pH
- Blood Pressure
- Rebuilding of damaged tissue
An imbalance in electrolytes can lead to weakness, seizures, and can be promoted by dehydration and kidney disease.
Rich In Lauric Acid
Lauric acid contains monolaurin which is the compound found in breast milk which strengthens a baby’s immunity. This is considered as a healthier saturated fat because it is a medium-chain triglyceride. This means that lauric acid is more easily absorbed by the body and can be used as a source of direct energy. MCT’s also have fewer calories per serving (roughly 8.3kcal per gram rather than the standard 9 per gram).
Many Food Uses
As well as consuming coconuts for cooking oil and a solid fruit, coconuts have many other uses in the kitchen such as:
Dried, ground up coconut meat. Gluten free, low in carbohydrates, high in fibre, perfect for baking.
Coconut Milk And Cream
Made by mixing shredded, fresh coconut meat with water and squeezing it through a sieve. The thick, creamy liquid is great to use in Thai curries and stews.
The sugar is derived from the coconut sap and has a sweet taste similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel. Not only does it contain vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it also has a low glycemic index and is diabetic friendly. The perfect sweetener for baking and desserts.
Coconut In Solo
Solo contains coconut flour which has only 4.6g of saturated fats per 100g serving. That means that 100g of Solo contains:
- 6.7g of healthy poly and monounsaturated fats
- 38.1g of protein
- 34.9g of carbs
During World War II, coconut was used as an IV drip because there was not enough blood plasma available.