Monday, June 20, 2011

Here is an article written by Tosca Reno of the Clean Eating Series

The Benefits of Coconut in All its Forms
I often get questions about the health benefits of coconut. Here are the ways you can enjoy coconut, and what it will do for your health:

Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which acts as an antibacterial and antiviral agent, helping the body fight diseases such as influenza. Lauric acid is also a cardiovascular protector, helping prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure. Coconut oil aids weight loss since it is a medium-chain triglyceride and helps maintain a healthy thyroid. Coconut oil also offers nutrition for hair and skin, keeping them clean and moisturized, and its antioxidant properties help prevent premature aging.
Try it: Include coconut oil in a sweet tropical smoothie.

Coconut water is very low in fat, sugars and cholesterol, and high in potassium. Potassium helps restore electrolytes in the body, so coconut water is a great choice for rehydrating after a tough workout. Coconut water makes a great accompaniment to a post-workout Clean meal.
Try it: Drink coconut water as is, with a slice of lime on the side for tart flavor.

Coconut meat is taken from a mature coconut and used either fresh or dried in a number of dishes. A good source of fiber and manganese, coconut meat is good for a healthy digestive system, strong bones, normal blood sugar levels and even proper thyroid function. Make sure to choose unsweetened coconut meat to avoid added sugar.
Try it: Use shredded coconut meat in a Clean meal.

Coconut milk, derived from the meat of a coconut, has antimicrobial properties. It combats fungi and bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Just keep in mind that coconut milk should be used in moderation, as its fat content is somewhat high.
Try it: Use coconut milk to sweeten a Thai curry dish.

As you can see, the mighty coconut offers impressive health attributes. However you use coconut, you’ll be sure to reap the benefits.

Keep it Tight!

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