Ingredient Spotlight: Coco-NUTS about Coconut!

August 31, 2017

 

Coconut is not only a delicious addition to just about anything, but also comes in many different forms that are beneficial to your health.

 

Coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk/water, shredded coconut etc. all have exceeding health benefits that many of us are unaware of. 

 

Coconut Oil

  • Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis- due to its high level of antioxidents

  • Immune System Boost- coconut oil contains auric access which is known to create a hostile environment for viruses. 

  • Improves Memory and Brain Function- the healthy chain of fatty acids found in coconut oil can actually fuel the brain more efficiently

  • Improves skin issues such as Burns, Eczema, Dandruff, Dermatitis and Psoriasis- coconut oil is wonderful as a face cleaners, moisturizer and even sun screen. Its powerful antioxidants make it ideal for healing skin. 

  • Aids Weight Loss- coconut oil is in fact a "no-carb oil". It helps burn fat and calories, decrease appetite and helps in losing belly fat due to its energy-creating abilities. 

 

Coconut Flour

  • Helps Metabolism- Its high levels of saturated fat are used by the body for energy and balance blood sugar levels.

  • High in Fiber- According to Dr. Axe, coconut meat itself supplies about 61% of dietary fiber! And because fiber cannot be absorbed by the body, some of the calories and carbohydrates found in coconut flour aren't used, but are moved right through the digestive system helping to flush toxins out of the body. 

  • Helps Maintain A Healthy Blood Sugar Level- Coconut flour is a low glycemic food and does not spike blood sugar levels. In fact, studies show that consuming products that contain coconut flour can help to lower the overall glycemic impact of the food and to support stable blood sugar levels. Helping diabetes patients!

 

Coconut Milk/Water

  • Builds Muscle & Aids Fat Loss- Studies find that the fatty acid chain found in coconut milk increase energy and help  enhance physical performance. The healthy fats also fill you up and prevent overeating or mindless snacking throughout the day. 

  • Provides Electrolytes & Prevents Fatigue- Coconut water is higher in electrolytes than coconut milk, however, coconut milk also provides important minerals needed to maintain blood volume, prevent dehydration and muscle cramping during exercise. 

  • Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation- Coconut milk helps nourish the digestive lining with its electrolytes and healthy fat which improves overall gut health, preventing conditions such as IBS.

 

So there you have it!

Coconuts are amazing in all of its forms. Not only tasty, but packed with endless health benefits. Now you have an excuse to get extra coconut on your next Zest Acai Bowl.

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