Coconut Health Benefits

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I found out via twitter this morning that today is WORLD COCONUT DAY.

It’s pretty exciting as I grew up drinking coconut water, and I’m so glad that in the last 5 or 6 years its become so readily available on this side of the pond. I remember my mum would fill jugs of it, and serve it at the lunch table like you would regular water. It’s cleaner than drinking water in South America, and cheaper than bottled water… which is why many people serve it instead. When I was very young I remember I actually really did’t like the taste of it! It’s definitely something which takes some people getting used to, I’m now a coconut water aficionado, and would always choose it over regular water if there’s an option.

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In Brazil people always are extolling the virtues of coconut water. Here are just a few Coconut Health Benefits:

Illness – Whenever I’m in ill I try to drink plenty of coconut water as I was always told it helps get you on the mend. I did a bit of research and found out that Coconut Water in high in Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid helps the body fend off infections because it kills pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and viruses!

Skin –  This is something I’ve talked about before but apparently super model Adriana Lima drinks at least one glass of Coconut Water a day! The reason she, and so many Brazilian models love it, is because It contains cytokinins which are known to have an anti-ageing effect. It also contains minerals such as zinc, and iron, as well as the whole set of B-group vitamins which are all known to be very good for skin.

Gym – Coconut Water is an amazing fuel for workouts. One cup of it gives you over 10% of your recommended daily amount of potassium, which you lose through sweating. Coconut is actually good for producing energy and the body uses it rather than storing it as fat.

Tiredness – Coconut Water is believed to promote thyroid function and it helps to alleviate the symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Diet – Brazilians believe that drinking coconut water reduces your cravings for sweets. Scientists have noticed that populations who rely on coconuts as a staple of their diet, for example the Tokelauans in the South Paficic are some of the healthiest people on earth, with no recorded cases of heart disease.


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If you want some really fun and easy coconut recipes try my Coconut Rum Coladas or my Coconut Chips.

 

@thelatinacook