Coconut oil has been all the rage. While the health benefits and versatility of what it can do are impressive, I feel like it’s been done…we know it’s amazing and we understand what it can do for us.
Seeing it everywhere made me think of where it comes from and if in fact the fruit itself is as impressive as the oil and water we see lining the shelves.
After reading all about the coconut fruit, I found it to be just as fascinating as the counterparts we know and love. So here it is, my list of benefits I found useful and interesting about the coconut as a whole.
Top 5 Benefits of Coconuts
- Minerals-consuming a cup of shredded coconut gives us a high % of our daily recommended servings of minerals manganese, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.
- Fiber-(this one surprised me) raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber! One cup of shredded coconut meat equals 7 grams of fiber which can help lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in our bloodstream.
- Immunity boost-fats found in coconut (caprylic, capric & lauric fatty acids) are antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal which help destroy pathogens and combat viruses or unwanted yeast in our bodies.
- Weight loss-some studies show medium-chain triglycerides (a type of dietary fat found in coconut) may encourage weight loss. Simply put, this type of fat is used for energy instead of storing it in our bodies like other types do.
- Bone health-coconut improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, both important to prevent osteoporosis and build strong, healthy bones and teeth.
So yes, I would urge you to incorporate coconut in its many forms into your diet because it does give a nutritional boost in comparison to alternatives that are commonly used. I included a few suggestions to get you going below:
-coconut ceviche (sub the fish/seafood portion of this spicy dish with coconut meat)
-coconut bacon (don’t knock it till you try it, adding the right amount of smokiness & spice is key)
-shredded on top of baked goods, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothie bowls, or salads
-coconut tacos (replace meat with coconut and savory spices for an elevated taco)
Be creative and have fun! I would love to hear of anything you try out on your own or from the list above. Tag me on Instagram @mysimplyfit or comment on here so I can see!
It’s Pilates homework and a hair mask for me on this hump day. I can’t wait to have some free time soon to catch up on some shows & reading for fun 😉 Wishing you a productive rest of your week, halfway through already!