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Why Coconut is the Best Fruit

»Posted by on Dec 14, 2021 in Self Care | 0 comments

Coconut has been grown in different tropical regions all over the world for more than four thousand years now, and recently, its popularity has increased because of its culinary uses, flavor, and potential benefits to human health.  

It is widely used in different products including coconut wax candles, hair treatment, and the list goes on. But what makes this fruit amazing is the ever-growing number of people and experts who claim its health benefits. Here, we will talk about the amazing health benefits of coconut to you.  

1. Coconut itself is full of nutrients – while other fruits mostly contain sugar and carbohydrates, coconuts, on the other hand, provide fats. Much of these fats are in the form of medium-chain triglycerides or popularly known as MCTs. The thing about these fats is that they are absorbed and transformed as energy by the body. Besides the fats, coconuts also contain minerals like manganese, proteins, a good amount of carbohydrates, and cholesterol. These minerals are important in different bodily functions including metabolism and bone development. They are also rich in B vitamins, iron, copper, and selenium.  

2. They are good to control blood sugar – coconut is high in fiber and fat, and low in carbohydrates, so they are effective in stabilizing your blood sugar, reducing the risk of high blood pressure. Moreover, it was also acclaimed that coconuts can reduce the risks of diabetes because of Arginine, an amino acid considered to be essential in maintaining good pancreatic functioning. The pancreas is important in producing insulin to the body that effectively regulates sugar levels in our blood. 

3. They can be good for the heart – it was claimed that consuming coconut oil reduces belly fat and controls cholesterol. This is probably why most people believe that coconut oil is good for the heart. This is not without basis. Studies have found that the community that lives in Polynesian islands has lower rates of heart diseases as their diet mostly contains coconut and fish. Although more research is still needed to prove these claims.  

4. It has good antioxidants – antioxidants are generally good for the body as they remove toxins from your body. Fortunately, coconut contains phenolic compounds like caffeic, salicylic, gallic, and p-coumaric acid. All of these antioxidants are good for helping your cells against oxidative damages. Moreover, studies have found out that coconuts also have polyphenols that prevent bad cholesterol oxidation, which links again to its anti-heart disease properties. Overall, the antioxidant properties that are found on the coconut are said to be effective in preventing stress that may lead to serious diseases and death.  

5. It is easy to eat – all parts of coconuts are shockingly edible: from its leaves, juice, to oil. And this makes coconuts easy to add to our everyday diet. Shaved or flaked coconuts are used to add flavor to savory dishes. Its oil is used for cooking and frying, as well as for beauty products especially hair care. Coconut four is also used for baking, which is considered to be a healthy alternative for all-purpose flour.  

Coconuts are very versatile and can have many benefits.  

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