What Are the Health Benefits of Coconut

 


 

The healing properties and  nutritive qualities of the coconut proved to be quite efficacious long ago. The islanders of the Pacific coast believe that the coconut can cure every disease. So not without reason is the coconut palm tree called "The Tree of Life".

The coconut can be consumed in any of its form: coconut water , coconut milk , coconut oil , coconut meat, coconut butter , you name it. And every product is distinguished for its useful properties. Coconut milk can contribute to strengthening your hair and controlling dandruff. It favors the condition of your skin, moistens it. If you want to smooth out the wrinkles, you can use coconut milk or coconut oil. The milk also rapidly assuages your thirst, keeps your body hydrated for a considerable time.

Want to boost your immune system? The coconut is just perfect for improving you immunity. It possesses antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal properties. It has the ability to prevent various bacteria from reproducing, kill viruses and fungi. It is also a good vermicide and is able to destroy intestinal worms.

The coconut is an antiparasitic agent. Consuming coconuts can boost up your resistance abilities to various infections. The fruit is widely used in treating a number of diseases and ailments such as bronchitis, influenza, colds, tuberculosis, herpes, gonorrhea, measles, bowel disorders, atherosclerosis and other diseases of cardiovascular system, oncological illnesses, various infections of urinary tract, throat etc.

Eating coconut products can lower the risk of epileptic seizures. Besides, the coconuts is hypoallergenic, non-toxic and it does not have harmful side effects, so you can safely consume coconut products and should not be concerned about it at all.

These are not the only coconut health benefits. The coconut is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and proteins. It is also enriched with fiber, fatty acids and amino acids. The fruit possesses high amounts of potassium and calcium. Coconut water contains a sufficient level of electrolytes. The level of electrolytes in the coconut water is almost equal to that of human plasma, and it has been reported that coconut water has been utilized for blood plasma transfusion.

Consuming coconuts can contribute to making your teeth and bones strong. It prevents your teeth from the bacteria causing cavities and caries. Due to calcium high content eating coconuts can prevent your bones from becoming brittle and losing their density. So, for lactose intolerant people consuming coconuts may appear very useful.

The coconut can accelerate your metabolism, which keeps you from getting obese. It is also a good means if your objective is to lose weight. It can quickly replenish your energy, though it contains much less calories than other fats do.

People, who regularly consume coconuts and its products, show the tendency to hold themselves out without eating for a considerable time. It increases endurance during strenuous physical activities, alleviates chronic fatigue symptoms. The coconut helps your muscles relax, soothes pain.

Some research have shown that coconut products can improve your eyesight. Coconuts can also abate your longing for sweets as the sugar level in the blood does not tend to increase when regularly consuming coconuts. It also favors the insulin release in the blood.

The use of the coconut in your diet stabilizes the function of the thyroid gland. It also has strong aphrodisiac effects, favors the reproductive system, regulates hormones. To get your cholesterol level in order it is recommended to consistently use the coconut products in your diet, as it contains high level of the lauric acid. The fruit is also well-known for its wound healing properties. Consuming coconuts can boost our body shield abilities to the ultraviolet radiation.

 source : http://www.coconut-info.net/general/coconut_health_benefits.php




The Chendol Traditional Desserts of Southeast Asia

Something a little different today.
The Chendol, a traditional dessert for the hot weather in southeast Asia which utilises coconut sugar smile

Gula melaka syrup
300g coconut sugar
3 pandan leaves, knotted
150ml water

Method
Combine in a small pan and bring to boil. When all the sugar is dissolved, take it off the heat, strain and set aside to cool.

Coconut milk
1 tin coconut milk (approx 270ml)
1 pandan leaf, knotted
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method
Combine, bring just to the boil, strain and cool. Watch it like a hawk – overcooking coconut milk can cause it to split. You can use the coconut milk straight out of the tin if you’re pressed for time but of course it tastes better with a little more effort.

Chendol
75g mung bean flour (also known as green bean flour, hoen kwe/hun kwee flour)
25g rice flour
600ml water
15ml pandan juice (from approx 100g leaves – see notes below*)
1 tsp sugar
pinch of salt to taste

Before you start, set aside a bowl of cold/ice water and a piping bag.

Method
1. To make the cendol, combine all the ingredients above in a mixing bowl.
2. Strain the mixture into a pan and cook on medium heat. It will start to coagulate at the bottom as the starches react to the heat so make sure you keep stirring it throughout so that it cooks evenly.

3. When the cendol starts to solidify and looks a bit translucent, it’s ready. At this stage it should not ribbon off your spatula but still quite soft and holds its shape somewhat.

4. Pop it hot into the piping bag you set aside earlier and pipe straight into the bowl of ice water. The ideal size is approx. 1.5 – 2 inches long and just slightly thicker than spaghetti. Let it set for about 10 minutes

5. …and your cendol is ready to assemble! Simply spoon the cendol into a glass, top with shaved ice, coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and enjoywink

 




Coconut Palm Sugar vs. White Sugar

Did you know that coconut palm sugar is the most sustainable source of sugar available?

Coconut trees can produce 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane and they do not need to be seasonally replanted. As concern for our environment grows, considering the sustainability of the food we use is highly important.

Coconut palm sugar is a good alternative to regular white sugar, not only because it is more environmentally friendly, but because it is better for your health too. While coconut palm sugar does have the same number of calories as regular white sugar, it’s glycemic index is significantly lower, which makes it a good choice for diabetics because it will not spike your blood sugar. It is also less processed than regular sugar and retains some of it’s nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and polyphenols, unlike white sugar, which is highly processed and contains no other nutrients beyond calories. Also, coconut palm sugar is easy to work with because you can substitute it 1:1 in many recipes and it tastes great!

Coconut palm sugar has a glycemic index value of 35, while white sugar is 80.

Glycemic index is the measure of how quickly a food turns into sugar in your blood stream compared to glucose. The higher the number, the quicker it spikes your blood sugar and the quicker you feel terrible. Some people are sensitive to blood sugar fluctuations like diabetics or people suffering from hypoglycemia. Even if you don’t feel the effects of a blood sugar spike, it still is stressful to your body and will cause an increase in the fat around your waistline. It is thought that coconut palm sugar is low glycemic because it contains inulin, which is a type of fiber that works to slow a blood sugar spike.

Even though coconut palm sugar is a healthier alternative to white sugar, it still is a form of sugar and you should use any sugar substitute sparingly.

Interestingly, coconut palm sugar is made by collecting the sap from the budding flowers of the coconut palm tree, which will not produce a coconut fruit once the sap is collected. There is concern that demand for coconut palm sugar will interfere with coconut production, however reputable sources are saying that the trees can be used for both coconuts and sap production at the same time and that yields are even higher with this method.

Coconut palm sugar is available in granular form and has a similar taste to brown sugar, without any after taste. It’s texture is similar to regular sugar and dissolves well in water, making a simple 1:1 substitute for regular sugar in drinks, cooking and baking.

So remember, coconut palm sugar is a low glycemic sugar substitute that is not only good for you, it’s good for the environment too! Use it to directly substitute regular sugar in your beverages, cooking and baking, but remember to use it sparingly because it is not calorie free.

Source : http://blog.nationalnutrition.ca/coconut-palm-vs-white-sugar/

 




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