The Incredible Coconut
Yes, I’m back in beautiful Bali (Lucky lucky me!!!)
One of the things I look forward to here is the fresh coconut water, straight out of the coconut! It is so refreshing and if it is really fresh, the coconut meal scooped out after drinking is such a tasty treat!
Coconuts are an amazing fruit!
Did you know that coconut water is identical to human blood plasma? It contains the same salt concentration as cells and blood. In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water (“coconut IV” siphoned directly from the nut) to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.
Coconut water is naturally sterile as the water permeates through the filtering husk. It is alkalising to the body and contains contains trace elements such as iron, zinc, calcium, potassium. However once it is exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its sensory properties and nutritional characteristics.
Coconut water is such a great alternative to sugary sports and energy drinks as it contains more potassium than most, as well as 12 mg of caffeine.
Coconut water can be used as baby formula; it contains lauric acid, which is present in human breast milk.
In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha, meaning “tree which gives all that is necessary for living,” since nearly all parts of the tree can be used in some manner or another.
- The husk was also burned for fuel by natives, but today a seed fibre called coir is taken from the husk and used to make brushes, mats, fishnets, and rope.
- A very potent fermented toddy or drink can be made from the coconut palm’s sap.
The coconut itself has many food uses, including:
- Coconut milk is made by blending the water and the coconut meat together
- Coconut yogurt can also be made by using yogurt starter cultures.
- Coconut sugar, although calorie for calorie is the same as cane sugar, contains many vitamins and minerals, some short-chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants, and a fibre known as inulin which may reduce blood sugar spikes compared to regular table sugar
- The Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) in Coconut oil have been found to be effective in killing lipid-coated viruses, such as Hepatitis C, HIV, Herpes, Stomatitis and cytomegalovirus. In addition to killing lipid-coated viruses, MCFA can destroy some fungi and parasites including Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Staphylococcus aureus, Helicobacter pylori, Candida albicans, and giardia.
Here is such a funny skit from J Sears about the confusion and different beliefs/claims about coconut oil
Apparently coconut oil wants to kill you. Here’s how that works…
For a yummy, healthy dessert or breakfast try Chia Pudding, made from coconut milk and chia seeds. See my recipe >here<
Info taken from Sanoviv Medical Centre handout