Written by: Drew Canole
Fiber, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, protein, Vitamin C, B6, iron
have been around for a long, long time. Fossil records in New Zealand show that coconut trees have been growing for thousands, if not
of years. Spanish and Portuguese explorers first mentioned finding what looked like a coco (monkey face) in tall trees in tropical islands in 1555.
In Sanskrit, the word coconut tree or
translates roughly to “the tree that gives all that is necessary for living”. Certain islands consider coconuts to be “the cure for all illness” and use all parts of the
on a regular basis.
Coconuts can help
by speeding the
and suppressing appetite. They are a good source of energy with fewer calories than other fats.
Coconuts also contain
medium chain fatty acids
(MCFA), which represent 1% of all fatty acids consumed and have no negative effects on cholesterol. In
such as Sri Lanka and Polynesia, where coconuts are regularly consumed, there are
and serum cholesterol.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Coconuts fall under the
Low Glycemic Index
. GI measures how fast carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels. You want to keep your blood levels steady, as spikes or sudden falls can raise your risk of developing diabetes or other blood related problems.
Coconut also helps
Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiparasitic Properties
, an ingredient in coconut oil, has long been recognized for its bug-fighting properties. Studies have shown that coconut milk can protect against several different kinds of
, fungi, and possibly even
. While coconut protects against the bad bacteria, it also helps to preserve the good.