Are you looking to get shredded? Are you looking to lose weight? Are you looking to feel healthy? What if there's a food that could help you achieve any and all of these and tastes good too? Mother Nature created that perfect food in the coconut, and the world is continuing its coconut craze. This is no fad, though; the coconut is here to stay. Let's look at some of the many health benefits that coconut offers.
Improves your fitness
One of the reasons that coconuts are considered a superfood is because of how energy rich they are. Coconuts are naturally high in medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, that have been shown to increase endurance among endurance athletes. Coconut water has also been shown to be a choice post-workout complement to a balanced snack given the abundance of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, with little sugar to create a glucose spike.
Boosts your metabolism
While there is some debate over whether coconut water can increase your metabolism, it does offer a much healthier option than sugar-rich soft drinks and juices, especially given the abundance of vitamins and minerals. In this case, coconut water can leave you feeling much more hydrated but without the sugar surge. Coconuts are versatile products, and if you are consuming the flesh, oil, or MCTs from coconuts, you will experience more of the metabolic effects attributed to coconuts. MCTs are attributed with increased fullness and improvements in your gut microbiome that can help reduce your overall body fat.
Stimulates your immune system
There are a variety of immune benefits attributed to including coconut in your diet. Coconuts can help achieve ketosis to treat conditions such as epilepsy or Alzheimer's. The lauric acid produced as a biproduct of digesting and metabolizing coconuts is naturally anti-microbial and helps to maintain an ideal gut microbiome, facilitating digestion and mood balance. Coconuts have also been shown to have potential antioxidant capabilities that can help to reduce inflammation.
Enjoying your coconut
While there are some concerns relative to the saturated fat content in coconuts, coconuts are just like everything good in life and should be enjoyed in moderation. Eaten with a balanced diet, the good fats and abundant nutrients naturally found in coconuts offer a far healthier fat source than other animal or synthetic products. The best part is, coconut is just delicious! Whether you enjoy it as flesh, water or a dairy replacement for creamers, coconut is a versatile and delicious option. We hope you appreciate coconuts as we do and, if you're now hungering for a delicious option for cocoas, lattes and frappes, we'd love to share with you the wonders of coconut.