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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:28

Coconuts: Health Benefits of Coconuts

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Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.

Health Benefits of Coconuts

* Supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite
* Provides a natural source of quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance
* Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
* Improves insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes
* Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease
* Reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL)
* Restores and supports thyroid function
* Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection
* Promotes weight loss
* Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection

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In the Kitchen with Coconuts

The benefits and uses of coconuts continue to impress, especially in the kitchen with creative culinary delights. Due to its health advantages and natural low glycemic index rating, coconuts have replaced cream and butter and refined sugar and flour. The health benefits of coconuts have allowed more and more products that enable a broader use for coconuts to surface. Here is a list of coconut products that have replaced some of our common, everyday ingredients for healthier, delicious recipes.

flour

Coconut flour is simply dried, ground up coconut meat. Coconut flour is gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, and ideal for baking.

Coconut Milk & Cream

Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded, fresh coconut meat with water, then squeezing it through a sieve or cheesecloth. The thick, creamy liquid that comes out is coconut milk and can be used for Thai curries and stews. Coconut cream on the other hand is basically coconut milk without all the water. It is thicker and pastier. If you want to make a thicker coconut curry without all the added liquid, use coconut cream in place of milk.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut sap, the sweet juice extracted when the budding flower is just about to grow. This process offers a delicious, sweet taste similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel, with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Coconut sugar is considered a low glycemic food and is diabetic friendly. Use coconut sugar as you would commonly use other sugars and sweeteners.

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