Featured Food: Coconut

Coconuts, I’ve covered them before and last week we did coconut oil, but the summer has me in a tropical beachy mode and there are a variety of ways to eat coconut. Often referred to as the Tree of Life, this fruit is a culinary staple in countries throughout the Pacific Southwest, accounting for upward of 60% of their caloric intake. Like we said last week coconuts (namely oil) are famous for their high concentration of the fatty acid, lauric acid. This is usually found predominately in human breast milk, so it boasts many antimicrobial properties. Also of coconut fame are medium-chain fatty acids. Most fats, containing omega-6’s usually found in vegetables oils and processed foods, are long chain fatty acids. These are more difficult for the body to break down and are usually stored as fat. The medium chain, however, are more easily digested and can be used right away as energy, rather than fat. There’s more for weight loss! Coconut could boost thyroid function up to 20%, which is essential for functions like boasting metabolism and energy production. It’s high fiber content (notably in the flour) helps aid in digestion, especially for such problems as constipation. It has been used for centuries for all kinds of ailments including:

  • dehydration
  • fatigue
  • constipation
  • kidney and bladder disorders
  • vision problems (cataract and glaucoma)
  • kill or expel tapeworms, lice and other parasites
  • kill bacteria caused by ulcers, throat infections, gum disease, pneumonia, and gonorrhea
  • improve insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose
  • reduce the symptoms associated with pancreatitis
  • improve calcium and magnesium absorption
  • protect against osteoporosis
  • support and aid immune system functions
  • improve utilization of essential fatty acids and protect against oxidation
  • lower in calories than other fats
  • applied topically to ward off infection
  • promote healthy skin and complexion
  • protect skin from sun damage
  • control dandruff

As you can see coconuts provide a wide array of healthy benefits! What’s even better is that coconut can be found in a variety of ways. There is coconut milk (great in curries), coconut water (renowned for its electrolyte properties), shredded and desiccated coconut (great for baking-I’ve made some good no-bakes with this one), coconut flour (high in fiber and gluten free, this is a baker’s gold mine), and of course coconut oil (with a high smoke point, this oil is great for frying up veggies and meats)! Coconuts are definitely a super food, with an unappreciated reputation (at least in the United States, worldwide coconuts account for nearly 1/3 of the populations depend on coconut for either food or economy). Consider adding coconut to your fat-burner regime. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, there are also coconut pills available, with coconut oil inside. For more on our fat-burner weight loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.

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