Recently I’ve become Crazy for Coconut and my new favorite product just came in.
Coconut water, Coconut oil, Coconut manna (butter), Coconut sugar, Coconut milk, even Coconut flour.
Yup, looks like I’ve got another obsession.
But why the coconut? Let me start by explaining the nutritional benefits of each product:
My two favorites are Naked and Zico .
Coconut water is the actual liquid that fills the center of the coconut. If you buy a fresh coconut, you can literally crack it open, put a straw in and drink it up. In fact, coconut juice is a great natural “sports” drink for post-workout and has been used as a source of hydration for centuries in tropical countries.
For those of you who like to exercise, it’s important right afterwards to refuel and replenish lost electrolytes. In this case water just doesnt cut it, and we need a source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorus.
Low in calories
No artificial flavors or ingredients (in most)
Contains less sugar than most sports drinks
More potassium then a banana
All though I have not personally used Coconut Oil, it is something I am willing to incorporate into my diet for the reasons below. For those who don’t know me I have Graves Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder attacking my thyroid gland. I’m very open about it in my blog and that is one of the many reason’s why I advise healthy living. Education is the first step in prevention!
One of the growing trends in health foods has been the popularity of using virgin or organic coconut oileither as a health supplement or as a cooking fat. And yet coconut oil is a saturated fat. We have been told for decades that saturated fats are bad for us and that vegetable oil, soy oil and safflower oil are good for us because they contain polyunsaturated fats.
This contradiction has largely been ignored by the media because of the huge influence that the agri-business sector has in the halls of power in America. It is no coincidence that the 5th biggest crop is soybeans. Making polyunsaturated fat has been a massive market and any questioning of the health of polyunsaturated fats is unwelcoming. Yet, after over 40 years on polyunsaturated fats in nearly all food items Americans should be asking themselves where is the miracle end to obesity and heart disease that ‘low-fat’ food containing polyunsaturated fat promised? There’s more obesity than ever and rates of cancer and coronary disease are still high.
The truth as such scientists as Lita Lee, Ph.D. and Mary Enig, Ph.D.have demonstrated is that the thyroid gland is the key in many ways to good health and a sensible weight. Saturated fats such as organic coconut oil increase thyroid gland activity. This increased thyroid gland activity leads to the production of anti-aging steroids, the breakdown of blood cholesterol and the increased efficacy of the immunity system to fight off diseases such as cancer. Health food experts starting with Nathan Pritikin (famous for inventing the low-fat diet in 1950s) have continually overlooked the importance of the thyroid gland for good health. And they have similarly turned a blind eye to the fact that polyunsaturated fats actually suppress the thyroid gland and the immunity system. With this in mind it is easy to understand why the western world has high mortality rates due to cancer and heart disease; whereas in the developing world these health problems are low down on the cause of death. Albert Schweitzer, during his time in tropical Africa, said that it was many years before he saw a single case of cancer. He believed that the appearance of cancer was caused by introduction of the European diet to the Africans.
Another health benefit of including coconut oil in your diet is that it contains the trans fatty acid lauric acid in significant amounts. Lauric acid is also present in mother’s milk. It is now understood that it is the lauric acid in breast milk that protects a new born infant from viral, bacterial and protozoal attack. Lauric acid is antimicrobial and also gives protection against yeast and fungal infection. There are no other nuts or fruits that contain lauric acid in such high amounts as coconut oil. This is why the coconut palm has been an important source of medicine for South Pacific islanders and why the coconut is known as ‘The Tree of Life’.
Finally, eating coconut oil helps to keep up levels of vitamin E in the body. It also makes a great skin moisturizer and is popular in many parts of the world as hair oil.
America made a big mistake when it switched over from saturated fats to polyunsaturated fats in its diet; and those people who are deliberately avoiding coconut milk and oil because they think it is ‘high fat’ are missing out on a food stuff that can increase thyroid gland activity, fight aging, invigorate the immunity system, protect against bacterial attack and boost vitamin E levels.
Here’s what I use at home
Although it has no fewer calories or carbs than cane sugar, coconut sugar is being hyped as the “savior” of the sugar world, because:
- It is minimally processed – especially when labeled “organic”
- It has trace nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and amino acids
- It’s low on the Glycemic Index – a measure of the effect of carbs on blood sugar
Coconut milk is a great dairy alternative which is one reason why i love it. Thai Kitchen’s Organic Coconut Milk, is a wonderful product that I use to make coconut rice.
“It’s not only a gluten free flour, it’s a grain free flour too. So for those who follow strict grain free diets, coconut flour opens up a world of delicious baked goods. That’s obviously a huge advantage to some.”
“It’s a high fiber, fairly high protein flour too. When you make these into muffins, breads, and cakes, they are quite filling (probably because of the fiber content). The flour is also “sweet” by itself because of the natural sugars in the coconut, meaning that you don’t have to sweetened it as much.”
Coconut Manna (butter)
FINALLY!!! So I ordered this product along with some hemp seed (which ill discuss in a later blog) and the coconut manna is literally heaven in a jar! I was super happy about the taste and texture of the product and will be using it in more recipes to come. I love being in the kitchen and this is a great dairy free substitute for butter.
Here’s what Nutiva had to say:
CREAMY WHOLE COCONUT: Coconut Manna™ is a delicious whole food, made of pure, dried coconut flesh. This tropical “melts in your mouth” treat contains 12% fiber and 9% protein and nourishing fats.
Warm it up to spread the goodness. Discover great Coconut Manna™ Recipes for smoothies, sauces, dressings, desserts, icing, and ice cream.
To liquify, place jar in hot water for 2 minutes and stir. Note: the red or brown specks are characteristic of natural coconut products.
Coconut Manna™ is creamy whole coconut food that will delight people looking for coconut butter, coconut cream, coconut oil butter and coconut body butter.
I decided to test out my new product on a Deep Chocolate Vita Top last night, and raspberry chia oatmeal this morning.
The flavor is unreal and completely satisfying.
(little secret) I keep stealing spoon fulls! 😉
As always have a fabulous night.