Since becoming interested in diet and health I have discovered a new found love for coconuts and the sheer diversity of them.They come in so many different forms and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes to add flavour or texture! Whether you want water, oil, milk, cream, yogurt or a spread… you can get it all from a coconut.
Not only do coconuts make a rich, creamy base for a homemade curry, but they also make delicious dairy-free alternatives to milk and yogurt. And what’s more, you can even buy coconut ice-cream which will satisfy that dessert/sweet craving without sabotaging the diet. Note: I do NOT mean coconut flavoured yogurt/ice-cream – that stuff is full of sugar!
So what are some of the amazing health benefits of this diverse fruit?
High in saturated fat
Helps damaged hair by providing essential proteins
Contains medium-chained fatty acids, in particular lauric acid, which has weight-loss benefits and also helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Helps keep skin hydrated.
High levels of potassium
Tasty dairy-free alternatives to the old school favourites
High fat (suitable for paleo diets)
Coconuts (in general):
High fibre, vitamins and minerals
Great based for drinks, baking etc.
Contains lauric acid – converted in the body into an antiviral and antibacterial compound called monolaurin which helps protect the body from disease and infections.
I would recommend everyone to try and get some coconut into your diet this week – as it is so diverse it’s so easy to eat in the way that you most enjoy! I absolutely love using coconut oil in baking, as well as coconut yogurt with chia seeds in the morning so experiment a little and if you’re lucky I might post a recipe that uses coconuts soon :)