Coconut is one fruit which is found and consumed on all continents which are inhabited by mankind. This fruit is a wonder fruit and a live giver for thousands of islands all over the tropical region.
Its importance can be gauged by the fact that it is important part of religious rituals in many cultures. In India any auspicious occasion needs the use of coconut and it is used in all rituals and worships.
Why is Coconut such a Great Food
Coconut is a super food since it contains 6 essential minerals, 6 vital Vitamins, dietary fiber, healthy fats in significant quantity. Coconuts also contain fresh water which is sterile and in fact so pure that it can be used as fluid transfusion because it contain appropriate amount of salt and sugar. It provide food to millions of people all over the world.
Coconut contains mostly monounsaturated fat and medium chain fatty acids which improves the bad cholesterol. In fact it has been observed that those societies which uses coconut oil suffers from very less frequency of heart diseases. For more information of health benefits of coconut you can see the section below.
How Much Fiber is Contained in Coconut
Coconut is a great source of fiber and contains around 9 grams of fiber per 100 grams of the meat. This means that you can get significant amount of dietary fiber from eating just 100 grams of coconut which can be easily consumed when you have a green coconut. You can then significantly be closer to achieving your daily requirement of around 30 to 35 grams of fiber.
How To Include More Coconut in Your Meals
You can easily include more coconut in your foods in various forms. There are numerous ways to do that. You can take a green coconut and eat the flesh and drink the fresh water.
You can also prepare several recipes in which grated coconut is used generously. I like almost any dish which contains grated coconut as it increase the taste and texture of the food dramatically. Similarly coconut juice can be used to prepare the gravy.
You can find many dishes from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and India which use coconut. I would suggest that if you are not used to Coconut, then try our Thai dishes which contain Coconut. Once you get the taste you can then explore cuisines from other regions.
If you have more coconut based recipes you can be assured that you would end up improving your health both internally and externally.
Medicinal Properties of Coconut
Apart from being a source of food coconut also has lot of health benefits which is a bonus. Here are some benefits if coconuts as mentioned in http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org
- Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
- Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
- Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
- Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
- Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
- Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
- Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
- Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
- Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
- Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
- Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
- Helps protect against osteoporosis.
- Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
- Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
- Improves digestion and bowel function.
- Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
- Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
- Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
- Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
- Functions as a protective antioxidant.
- Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
- Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
- Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
- Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
- Reduces epileptic seizures.
- Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
- Dissolves kidney stones.
- Helps prevent liver disease.
- Is lower in calories than all other fats.
- Supports thyroid function.
- Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
- Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
- Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
- Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
- Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
- Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
- Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
- Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
- Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
- Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
- Helps control dandruff.
- Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
- Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
- Is completely non-toxic to humans.
If you are also looking for other such great food option I would suggest Avocado which is another great fruit.