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The Wonderful World of Coconuts!

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Many cultures use coconuts regularly in meal preparation, but unfortunately, the standard American diet has not embraced the use of coconuts as other cultures have.  And, it’s really too bad! As others have long recognized, coconuts are definitely superfoods packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.  Coconuts are also rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and boosts the immune system.

Fresh coconut water (or juice) is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man, and can even be used to prevent dehydration in cases of diarrhea or strenuous exercise . . . a much better choice than a sports drink.

Some of the areas that are most misunderstood, however, include the difference between young and mature coconuts, as well as the different types of coconut extractions.

Young coconuts, for example, have more water and soft, gel-like coconut meat, while mature coconuts have less water and firmer coconut meat. While both young and mature coconuts are good for you, the mature coconut may have slightly higher healthy fatty acid content, while young coconut may have a bit of an advantage water-wise. This is because young coconut water is high in B vitamins, minerals (especially calcium, magnesium and potassium), contains the highest form of electrolytes in nature, is completely sterile and so close to the structure of human blood that it can even be transfused directly!

Most people think that coconut milk is the liquid inside the coconut, but this is not the case. The liquid inside the coconut is known as coconut water or juice. Coconut cream, on the other hand, is made from pressing the coconut meat, and coconut milk is made from the expressed juice of grated coconut meat and water.

Coconut oil is the fatty oil that comes from the coconut meat. It’s important to note that coconut oils on the market vary dramatically in terms of quality. Low-quality coconut oils, which should be avoided, are processed by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields and is quicker and less expensive. However, the oils contain chemical residues and many are also hydrogenated, bleached and deodorized.

High-quality coconut oil is a completely different product and is truly the healthiest oil you can consume. It is a much safer alternative to other popular oils such as canola oil, where most of its omega-3s are transformed into trans-fats during the deodorization process, which increases the dangers of chronic diseases.

In summary, coconuts can add flavor, variety and--best of all--healthy nutrients to your diet. Coconuts are amazing in assisting the body to:

   Lose weight, or maintain good weight
   Reduce the risk of heart disease
   Lower cholesterol
   Improve conditions involving diabetes and chronic fatigue
   Improve Crohn’s, IBS, and other digestive disorders
   Prevent other disease with its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents
   Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
   Boost daily energy
   Rejuvenate skin and prevent wrinkles

Based on requests, we will devote one of our upcoming classes to opening, using, and preparing recipes with coconuts!  Stay tuned!!  Smile

Last modified on Sunday, 09 January 2011 13:13
Cindy

Cindy

Cindy is a Certified Raw Food Educator through the "Living Light Culinary Arts Institute," with an emphasis on the science of whole, raw food.  Cindy has over 25 years experience as an educator, including 15 years as a high school teacher and 12 years as the director of instruction for a high school district.   Using a combination of her own health challenges and experiences, plus the knowledge she has obtained through her coursework, her goal is to help others understand the power of food.  Her experience as an educator enables her to provide peer-reviewed, scientific information in a fascinating, understandable, and user-friendly format!  Her goal is to educate through the science of nutrition, and to illustrate how easy it is to incorporate the simple most powerful foods on earth that promote optimal health!

Testimonial

I have a testimony about the smoothies and I'll try to make it short.  I started walking in Lakeside this past Monday.  I'm not an exerciser at all so this is as new to my body as all the good smoothies I've been drinking!  There's a pretty big hill where we live and I like to challenge myself to walk down and then back up the hill.  Today was my fourth day walking about three miles.  I've done pretty good each day except for today.  When I got home I was in so much pain I could barely stand up, I was hurting all over.  So much that I took ibuprofin and lay on the bed in tears.  I was laying there for a while wondering why today was so much different than the other three days where I'd had some muscle aches but nothing too unbearable.  Then it hit me.  The ONLY thing I did differently today was I DID NOT have my smoothie.  I usually make a good amount and drink 1/2 during the day before my walk and then I drink the other 1/2 after my walk.  The more I thought about it, I felt like if I would just get off of the bed and make the smoothie I would feel better.  I don't think I'm crazy or that it's all in my head.  Of course the pain reliever helped but I honestly feel like my body was craving the "good stuff"!

Thanks for letting me share this with you.  My family and friends all think I'm crazy for drinking my smoothies and even my husband is complaining because I'd rather drink the smoothie than eat the SO-bad-for-you sloppy joes and macaroni & cheese that I made him for dinner.

Thanks for taking the time to tell people the TRUTH about food, SAD and the science behind WHY we need to change our diets.  If you ever wonder if what you're doing is making a difference, it is.  :)

Sincerely,

Rebecca B.
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