Thursday, 16 August 2012

Coconut - The Tree of Life

The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

It's the coconut oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine. Coconut oil consists of over 90% saturated fat and is therefore nearly solid at room temperature. It can be used in cooking, but is also a common ingredient in home remedies and skin/hair products. Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. If you want to read more about the benefits of coconut oil check out Dr Joseph Mercola's article in the Huffington Post.

Another delicious aspect of coconut is the water. Coconut water is the liquid you hear sloshing around inside the younger green coconuts. Coconut water has natural electrolytes (potassium and other minerals) making it an effective hydration drink and a much healthier alternative to traditional sports drinks. If you do not have access to coconuts you could of course just buy the pre-drained coconut water such as VITACOCO, but cracking your own coconut yourself is much more enjoyable (and primal). Check out the video below for tips on how to open a coconut.

In addition to coconut oil and water, you can also find coconut desiccated and shredded, not to mention as butter, milk or cream. If you do not have coconut trees in your backyard many stores now sell coconut products including Planet Organic and Whole Foods. Most ethnic groceries will also store coconut products especially if catering to the Indian and South East Asian populations. Here are a few recipes using coconut that I like but feel free to search for other coconut recipes on the internet, there are many more. 
  • Thai chicken coconut Soup recipe
  • Decadent Coconut Milk Whipped Cream with Berries and Dark Chocolate Coconut Mouse recipe
  • Strawberry Coconut Almond Smoothie recipe
  • Coconut Oil Hair Treatment with Egg Yolks and Honey recipe
Now it's time to go Coco Loco!

Coco Love
Lea xxx

Suggested further reading:
Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife, N.D
Virgin Coconut Oil - Nature's Miracle Medicine by Dr. Brice Fife

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