The Goodness Of Coconut
Savour the amazing benefits of this wonder fruit
Embedded in our cultural history, the cultivation of coconuts across India’s coastal states is widely leveraged for its different uses and benefits. Travel around Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and you will be served food cooked in coconut gravy that comes from the tropical growths all across these states. However, the versatile coconut fruit is popular all over the country for its many benefits.
From the husk to the flesh, every part of the fruit is blessed with amazing benefits. While the flesh can be used for milk, food and flour, the oil is widely consumed in the coastal regions, and used for its many beauty benefits. The shell and husk can be used for crafts and to make rope.
Here’s why it’s a staple in almost all homes and kitchens.
Health in the flesh
Coconut meat or the kernel, as its popularly called, is high in fibre and comes packed with amino acids, protein, vitamin B6, iron, and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. It’s also high in fat, half of which comes from lauric acid, which helps increase good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. The high fibre content of coconut kernel can help improve insulin resistance, thereby regulating blood sugar levels. Available in fresh and dried form, it can be used in many ways for both cooking and baking.
Rich in vitamins C and E, known for their antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals, coconut milk helps slow ageing. The lauric acid found in it is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help fight infections and reduces joint pain. A fabulous substitute for dairy for those who are lactose intolerant, it helps strengthen bones and teeth.
All in the oil
While it may be rich in saturated fats, it has no cholesterol. And because of its high fat content, it may actually help your metabolism by shrinking your appetite, helping you burn more calories and thereby reducing your BMI and waistline. This can improve your overall health and increase longevity. Coconut oil is also known for its many beauty benefits. Applied topically, it can improve the quality of your hair and skin.
This low-calorie hydrant makes for a fabulous substitute to sweet-laden aerated drinks and juices. In fact, it is said to have 10 times more potassium than sports and energy drinks, which helps keep fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, and so makes for a great workout energizer. The potassium in it also makes it great for heart health.