Originally published on pausitiveliving.ca
Coconuts are delicious, and their unique texture and flavor attract fans around the world. However, that alone is not the only reason you should consider adding more of this amazing fruit to your diet. Below, Winnipeg nutrition coach Gabriel Patterson discusses some of the health and wellness reasons you should be eating more coconut products.
1. Coconuts Are a Great Source of Antioxidants
The antioxidants in coconut help remove toxins from your body while preserving a proper pH balance. Coconuts support carotenoid absorption from the coconuts themselves as well as almost all other vegetables included in our diets. Many of the fatty acids contained in coconuts also enhance carotenoid absorption and oxidation. Enhanced antioxidation promotes healthy cells and metabolism, reducing inflammation and possibly reducing the risk of certain cancers.
2. Coconuts Can Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Coconuts are very high in dietary fiber and healthy fats and are naturally low in carbohydrates, a combination that is typically very good for proper blood sugar maintenance. Coconuts also contain high levels of arginine, an amino acid that support the pancreas and normal insulin production. The high level of dietary fiber found in coconuts helps regulate digestion and can substantially improve insulin resistance.
3. Coconut Supports Immune and Digestive Health
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is an integral part of your natural immune system. Lauric acid kills bacteria and helps your body naturally fight many viruses. Coconuts also improve your overall white blood cell count, directly boosting your immune system’s efficiency.
Coconut is high in dietary fiber and promotes healthy and regular digestion. Coconut products also contain natural antimicrobial agents that can kill unhealthy intestinal bacteria, yeast, and fungi.
4. Coconut Oil Is a Fantastic Cooking Alternative
Coconut oil is an extremely versatile oil for all cooking methods. It has a very high smoke point and does not break apart when heated. Coconut oil does not produce free radicals, which is one of the major drawbacks of many oil options. Coconut is excellent for frying, sautéing, and baking as an alternative to butter. Some coconut oil added to your morning coffee enhances coffee’s metabolic effects and assists appetite control.
5. Coconut Water Promotes Excellent Hydration
Coconut water has exploded in popularity in recent years. Coconut water is different from coconut milk and is mostly water content. However, coconut water is much more hydrating than ordinary water. Coconut water contains electrolytes in the same amounts found in our bloodstreams. When we lose electrolytes through sweating or from any dehydration, coconut water helps rapidly replenish our proper levels. Unlike most sports drinks, coconut water does not include any added sugars, flavors, or artificial colors. Coconut water is also an excellent source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.
About Gabriel Patterson
Winnipeg native Gabriel Patterson is a certified personal trainer and advocate for a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Gabriel supports his clients as they revamp their health and fitness routines. Mr. Patterson focuses his efforts on helping his clients rebound from sports-related injuries, build a solid foundation in fitness, and reach new heights.