All Things Coconut

All Things Coconut

Have you seen the hype about coconut on Facebook? Have your friends gone coconut crazy?

Everywhere you go on the internet today you will see coconut and its various products mentioned. For me growing up coconuts were the brown furry things you got Dad to saw in half and turn into horses hooves (made the best clip clop sound). How times have changed!

Now coconut products are everywhere and they are used internally and externally for good reason.

Five products you should add to your healthy diet from the coconut are:

  1. Coconut oil : coconut oil is an excellent oil to use for just about everything. From cooking to body lotion. The key to coconut oil is that it is a saturated fat (one we need) high in Medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT’s are broken down into smaller fatty acids (MCFA’s) in the stomach and directly absorbed unlike other oils that require further digestion, they then enter the liver where they are used primarily for energy. MCFA’s don’t typically circulate throughout the body like other fats, so are less likely to contribute to hardening of arteries and storing in fat cells. MCFA’s also aid the bodies absorption of fat soluble nutrients such as A,D,E and K. Some research has shown that taking coconut oil with a nutrient dense meal eg. vegetables, can increase vitamin and mineral uptake ten fold. Coconut oil is fine to use for cooking as it has a high smoke point (182oC). We also use coconut oil in our house as a body lotion especially after sun exposure.
  2. Coconut Sugar : great alternative to cane sugar with a GI of 35, can be used in normal recipes swapped directly for white sugar. Adds a caramel flavour.
  3. Coconut syrup : handmade from freshly harvested coconut blossom nectar. GI 39, has a lovely toffee caramel flavour and can be used as a replacement for maple syrup
  4. Coconut aminos : great alternative to soy sauce, very high in amino acids (building blocks for our bodies) and is gluten and soy free.
  5. Coconut flour : low carb, high fibre and gluten free flour that is made from the coconut meat and is taking the paleo world by storm. Can be used in baking to make pancakes, muffins etc.

If you have any further questions on Coconut and its benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in to Go Vita Nowra and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.