Coconuts are one of nature’s finest super foods promoting health and vitality including benefits ranging from improved cholesterol, heart disease, immunity and tumour fighting powers. Coconut milk is made by steeping the fruit’s grated meat then straining it thoroughly. It’s squeezed until it is dry eventually creating coconut milk powder. Desiccated coconut is finely grated, dried and unsweetened form of coconut, obtained by drying shredded or ground kernel.
Coconut milk powder and desiccated coconut offers a range of health benefits. They are both highly nutritious containing saturated fats, vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, selenium, magnesium and phosphorus to name a few.
Coconut in both forms have been said to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Coconuts contain saturated fat, contrary to popular belief this fat is essential to our body’s needs. It’s actually good for our health, helping to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.
Coconut contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which have been shown to increase metabolic rate more than long chain triglycerides (LCT), which are the most common source of dietary fatty acids in the modern diet. Dietary fat helps to keep you fuller for longer, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. MCT can also promote a state of fat-adaptation allowing an increased rate of fat-loss and increased cognition and cardio protection.
Because coconut milk powder and desiccated coconut are high in healthy fats. This helps to keep you fuller for longer, helping to prevent overeating or unwanted snacking throughout the day which can derail your efforts for weight loss. The fat from coconuts also help to slow down the rate at which sugar is released into the blood stream, improving insulin levels and preventing sugar highs!
The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut milk powder and desiccated coconut are absorbed easily by the body for energy. The lauric acid (the beneficial medium-chain fatty acid) found in coconut can deactivate some forms of bacteria, fungi and yeast micro-organisms giving it antibacterial and antiviral properties. The linoleic acid has also shown in research to have health benefits in boosting immunity, tumour fighting, mineralising bone formation and fat burning.
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