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March Nutrition Tip: Loco for Coconut

By March 24, 2014December 9th, 2014Daily Posts/Tips

Whether it’s coconut water, coconut oil or raw coconut, it is a wonderful food to add to your daily routine.

Coconut Water:  Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water can’t be beat!  It is never heated.  Instead thousands of pounds of pressure is applied to eliminate harmful bacteria without destroying nutrients and taste with high heat.  This brand has the ‘same mineral nutrient balance as plasma.  With loads of essential electrolytes, including plenty of potassium, magnesium and calcium…”   Since coconut milk in cartons usually has carrageenans added  (you knowhow we feel about that), coconut water is a safer drink.

Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts.

It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

Coconut Oil:  Cocopura by Vivapura (we get from North American Herb & Spice) is extra virgin coconut oil we recommend for cooking, baking, to stir in your hot broths and drinks, for skin care and oil pulling, if you are into that!  This oil is from a single coconut plantation, “…farm fresh and packaged immediately using only raw, organic, and sustainable fair trade methods.”  Coconut oil has a high flash point, retains its molecular structure and nutrients under heat, cholesterol-free, zero trans-fatty acids, rich source of medium-chain essential fatty-acids, antimicrobial and antibacterial and creates energy rather than being stored as fat.

Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.  It’s great for skin and hair, can be used on hemorrhoids or other skin lesions, and great as a sun screen, but there are many other uses.

Raw Coconut Meat:  Wilderness Family Naturals Dehydrated Coconut Chips are 100% natural raw coconut chips dehydrated at 98 degrees for a delicate crunch without losing any of the nutrients.  You may also buy raw, organic coconuts at Whole Foods or most organic grocery stores.  This is a great snack, can be used in salads, and added to your homemade ‘granola’ (raw nuts and granny smith organic apple chips).

The type of fats present in coconut meat are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).  When you eat coconut meat, the MCTs it contains are transported from the intestinal tract to the liver and immediately transformed into fuel. This then means there is very little MCTs left to circulate and deposit in fat tissues in the body.  These MCTs break down into ketones which can be utilized by the brain even if in stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s and eating coconut meat appears to protect against heart disease and stroke as well. As it turns out, coconut meat’s measurable vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols, all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol.

Don’t just take out word for it.  Click here to read about the ‘amazing benefits of eating coconut’:  http://www.naturalnews.com/044424_coconuts_cardiovascular_health_brain_function.htmlcoconut

 

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