Coconut trees have been in existence since man inhibited the world. Coconuts are the typical diet of one-third of the world, yet they are considered exotic in the Western world.

 

A coconut is not just a fruit, but a nut and a seed as well, also known as a drupe. It has three layers: the outside layer is known as the exocarp; the fibrous husk or mesocarp is inside of it; and the thin woody layer surrounding the actual coconut “meat” is the endocarp.

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Plentiful with naturally sterile electrolytes, which feed your pH and muscle function as well as promote blood volume, heart health and prevent dehydration making it “nature’s sport drink”. (1)

 

  • Reduces the level of cholesterol triglycerides and Low-Density Lipid (LDL) cholesterol which regulates blood pressure and prevent the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. (2)

 

  • Coconut has a high fibre content, which makes you feel full longer and helps regulate elimination. (3)

 

  • Has a great antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic properties which promotes the body’s immune system to defend against harmful diseases. (4)

 

  • Rich in medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) which alters the lipid membranes of offending organisms and provides antimicrobial support to the immune system. (5)

 

  • Lauric acid, converts to monolaurin which is the compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity. (6)

 

  • They offer high levels of manganese, potassium, and phosphorus which ombine to prevent bone disease as well as control the rate at which oxygen is delivered to the body. (7)

 

  • Contain cytokinins which are naturally occurring plant hormones that may work to reduce cancer cells. (8)

 

Coconut Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, meat, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 345
Calories from Fat 280
Total Fat 33 g 52%
Saturated Fat 30 g 148%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 20 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 15 g 5%
Dietary Fibre 9 g 36%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A0% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium1% Iron 13%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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