The super food of the month, coconut, is a vague term, since it can refer to the palm tree, the fruit, or the seed of the fruit. Yet no matter the term, the image and taste of coconut is clear. This super food of the month is a Pacific island staple and is believed to be one of the main cures for all illness.
Coconut in any form (raw flakes, milk, butter, oil) is great for your immunity since it is anti-viral, anti-fungal anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic. It contains several vitamins and minerals and has about the same electrolyte levels and balance as human plasma. It’s great for skin and hair health as well.
Coconut products are high in saturated fat, but that is a good fat that aids with the body’s absorption of other vitamins and minerals. Saturated fats also reduce the risk of heart disease, raise HDL good cholesterol, help add calcium to bone cells, detoxify the liver, help lungs function properly, helps the brain function, balances insulin levels, and increase immune system.
On top of all that, coconut is one of the most complete sources for amino acids that the body needs. One cup of coconut cream, which is the liquid obtained from the white meat inside the coconut shell, has a complete day’s servings of nearly all essential amino acids.
One cup of coconut milk, about 240 grams of water mixed with coconut cream, has:
- 550 calories
- 51 grams of good saturated fat
- 13 grams of carbs
- 5 grams of protein
- 11% of vitamin A (based on 2,000 calorie diet)
- 10% of folate
- 22 % of iron
- 22 % of magnesium
- 24 % of phosphorus
- 18 % of potassium
- 32 % of copper
- 110% of manganese
- 21 % of selenium
To get more of this super food into your meals, try:
- coconut milk instead of dairy milk
- coconut oil instead of olive oil for frying vegetables
- add coconut flakes to smoothies
- use beauty products that contain coconut: moisturizers, toothpaste, and even deodorants