Coconuts are one of the
most nutritious of all fruits, but unfortunately in the United States
they are also one of the most overlooked. Coconuts are not a traditional
part of the American diet, but have been a staple food to many
populations, such as island and Asian cultures, for centuries.
Coconuts: Young versus Mature
There are several different ways to enjoy fresh coconuts, which can be
young or mature. Young coconuts have either a green shell or a white
"husk" if the outer shell has been removed while mature coconuts are the
more familiar-looking brown, hairy variety. The nutrients and physical
characteristics change as a coconut matures. Young coconuts have more
‘water’ and soft, gel-like meat, and mature coconuts have firm meat and
less ‘water.’ The nutrient values per 100-gram (edible) portion vary
significantly as you can see in the chart below.
Source: Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Minerals contained in one cup of raw, shredded coconut
Contains 7.2 grams of dietary fiber and
2.66 grams of Protein.
||**Also contains trace amounts of other minerals.
Coconut Milk, Juice and Oil: What’s the
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, and coconut cream is made from pressing the
coconut meat. Coconut milk is made from the expressed juice of grated
coconut meat and water.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, 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.
Because of these drastic variations, my team and I here researched
coconut oil extensively until we found the ideal source. I now highly
recommend and offer you what is clearly the premier brand of virgin
coconut oil in the United States, Tropical Traditions. This virgin
coconut oil is not only certified organic, but it also met all our other
requirements, including no GMO ingredients, bleaching, deodorizing,
refining or hydrogenation. Tropical Traditions also uses fresh coconuts
(not “copra” or dried coconuts like most oils) that come from a rural
region of the Philippines untainted by urban pollution.
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If you do choose another brand of coconut oil, please be sure that it
meets these requirements.
(How Coconut Oil Works For Thyroid)
Which Type of Coconut is Best?
Coconut can be safely added to most everyone’s diet, but to determine
which type of coconut is best for you you’ll need to determine your
metabolic type. Young coconuts are good for most people, but are
particularly good for carb and mixed types. Mature coconuts, on the
other hand, are best for protein types.
Similarly, protein types will likely enjoy the firm meat and coconut
cream from the mature coconut, while carb and mixed types will tend to
naturally prefer the juice.
Coconuts can add flavor, variety and--best of all--healthy nutrients to
your diet. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which is known for being
antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, and boosts the immune system.
Fresh coconut juice is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known
to man, and can be used to prevent dehydration, for instance in cases of
diarrhea or strenuous exercise, instead of a sports drink. Some remote
areas of the world even use coconut juice intravenously, short-term, to
help hydrate critically ill patients and in emergency situations.
Other health benefits of coconuts and coconut oil include:
- Help you lose weight, or maintain your already good weight
- Reduce the risk of heart disease Lower your cholesterol
- Improve conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
- Improve Crohn’s, IBS, and other digestive disorders
- Prevent other disease and routine illness with its powerful
antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents
- Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
- Boost your daily energy
- Rejuvenate your skin and prevent wrinkles
- Where can I Find Coconuts?
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Unfortunately, most U.S. supermarkets do not carry fresh coconuts.
However, they are widely available in ethnic grocery stores, such as
Asian or Latino markets, farmers’ markets and health food stores. If you
are unable to locate a source near you, try requesting them at your
local health food store, as many will carry them upon request.
The first part of March I visited Jamaica for one week and was
absolutely delighted to find that you can actually purchase young green
coconut water in the store in bottles just like one purchases bottled
water. I am actually in the process right now of determining if we can
import this into the United States for sale here as it would be an
absolutely stunning health food, especially if one ferments it into
kefir water. I will be writing some articles about this amazing
probiotic, fermented food in the near future.
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And once you’ve brought your coconut home you can read my article on raw
coconuts that was posted last year for more information--such as how to
get it open!
By Dr. Joseph Merrcola
with Rachael Drooege