Health Benefits of Coconut!

I am coo-coo for coconut, I know it’s cheesey, but completely true! Anyone who knows me would say that I LOVE coconut and use it in every possible way I can. Coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut yogurt, coconut palm sugar, coconut cream and coconut ice cream! I guess you could call me a Coco-NUT! Okay, enough with the puns, now I will explain all the wonderful things that the coconut has to offer.

Besides the wonderful flavor of coconut, why use it? The health benefits are seemingly limitless! Coconut milk mimics breast milk, in that it builds the immune system in babies and adults. The only drink I give my baby, other than breastmilk, is coconut milk. This quote by Evenstar sums it up pretty well:

Coconut milk and coconut oil contains lauric acid (whose only other abundant source in nature is human breast milk). Lauric acid is considered antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal and is converted by the body into monolaurin, which is believed to cause the disintegration of viruses, including HIV, measles, herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus influenza virus, and pneumonovirus. Monolaurin, from coconut milk has been shown to inactivate H.pylori. Furthermore, H.pylori has not been able to develop resistance to monolaurin and coconuts natural antimicrobials, as it has to many antibiotic drugs. Coconut milk has also been shown to eliminate many fungi, yeast and protozoa, including several species of ringworm and to be an effective agent used against bacteria and viruses.

Coconut also boosts brain function. Please read the entire article, but here is a pertinent quote from Natural News:

MCTs bypass bile metabolism and go directly to your liver where they are converted into ketones. The liver then immediately releases the ketones into the bloodstream where they are transported to the brain to be used as fuel. Research has shown that the ketone bodies produced by MCTs provide a stable source of energy for the brain during periods of low blood sugar without the neurological risks associated with high blood sugar.



 

This is why ketones appear to be the preferred source of brain food in patients affected by diabetes or any neurodegenerative condition such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, & Multiple Sclerosis, etc. One of the leading authorities on MCT research is Dr. Mary Newport. She has shown that ketone bodies may help the brain recover from lack of oxygen induced brain death in newborns through adults. Additionally, ketones can help the heart patient recover from a heart attack and they can affectively shrink cancerous tumors.

Unbelievable, I know, right? This is why I incorporate coconut as much as possible into every meal that I can. If I could afford to fry my foods in coconut oil, I WOULD! I use coconut oil to make toothpaste, lotion, makeup remover, and as an ointment for “ouchies.”

Coconut also gluten free, low carb, high fiber and has a very low glycemic index, it actually lowers the caloric intake of the foods that it’s paired with! Check out what the creators of Coconut Secret say:

It all began in the Spring of 2008, with an overwhelming desire to create a low glycemic, gluten-free snack line that was truly safe for diabetics, using the purest, most organic, least processed ingredients we could find.  A few years earlier both our parents were diagnosed with Diabetes, and we quickly became appalled at what was being passed off as “diabetic-safe” foods, especially in the snack category.  We discovered, that oftentimes, sugar is disguised on labels in a myriad of creative technical terms.  Newly invented imitation sugar substitutes are used as sweetening agents.  Sugar in other forms are frequently added such as fruit juice concentrates, honey (which when heated and processed for use in manufacturing, essentially becomes sugar syrup), and the most infamous of all, “high fructose corn syrup” (HFCS), now widely known as one of the primary contributors to Diabetes and Obesity.  None of these sweeteners are truly “safe”, no matter how they are purported to breakdown in the body.

 



Dr. Mercola’s website has great advice when it comes to eating healthfully and using coconut. He stresses the importance of fiber in the diet, especially in the form of coconut. Here are some points he makes about consuming coconut each day:

  • Promotes heart health and supports your immune system
  • Facilitates better digestion and promotes digestive comfort
  • Promotes absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Assists in detoxifying your body
  • Helps promote cholesterol health

Now, all of my wonderful readers will have a better understanding of why my recipes contain so much coconut! I would also like to inform you of the research performed by The Soft Landing, where you can find BPA (a chemical that leaches into food) free canned coconut milk. If you use canned coconut milk, you will want to read this!

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