01 Jul Coconut, an ideal “superfood” for your summer diet
Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people. However, in some parts of the world, coconut is an essential foodstuff of the daily diet that people have thrived on for many generations.
As you probably already know, coconut is a fruit from which not only meat can be obtained, but also oil, milk, water and flour, having each of these products many benefits for our health. Perhaps, that is why coconut could be considered as a “superfood” due to its unique combination of fatty acids which can have profound positive effects such as fat loss, better brain function or heart health improvement.
Coconut oil, flour and milk are ingredients which are increasingly being used in home kitchens, restaurants and packaged foods. But can a food so rich in calories and laden with saturated fat be healthy? With the help of our specialists in corporal and metabolic surgery, we summarize you hereby some of the health benefits of coconut:
1. Helps Prevent Obesity by speeding up metabolism, providing an immediate source of energy with fewer calories than other fats. People who consistently use coconut products, report a stronger ability to go without eating for several hours without effects of hypoglycemia.
2. Improves Heart Health by providing healthy short chain and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). Close to 98% of all fatty acids consumed are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA), which are very different from MCFA that have no negative effect on cholesterol ratios and help to lower the risk of atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease.
3. High in Dietary Fiber rivaling other fiber sources such as psyllium, wheat bran, oat bran, and rice bran. Coconut supplies an impressive 61% dietary fiber! Foods contain two types of carbohydrates – digestible and non-digestible. Digestible carbohydrates (soluble fiber) consists of starch and sugar and promote calories. Non-digestible carbohydrates (insoluble fiber) contains NO calories. Since the body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, no calories are derived from it and it has no effect on blood sugar.
4. Coconut fiber slows down the release of glucose, therefore requiring less insulin to utilize the glucose and transport it into the cell where it is converted into energy. Coconut also assists in relieving stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, in turn, reducing the risks associated with Diabetes.
5. Reduces sweet cravings and improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. The healthy fat in coconut slowsdown any rise in blood sugar and helps to reduce hypoglycemic cravings.
6. Improves Digestion and many of the symptoms and inflammatory conditions associated with digestive and bowel disorders, by supporting absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids while also providing beneficial dietary fiber.
7. Quick Energy Boost that provides a super nutritious source of extra energy. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy, rather than to store it as body fat. It supports improved endurance during physical and athletic performance. As well, it promotes healthy thyroid function and helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue.
8. Coconut helps to aid and support overall Immune System functions. In addition, coconut contains No Trans-Fats, is Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic, and also contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-parasitic healing properties.
Besides, our dermatologists and specialists in aesthetical treatments also confirm other benefits that coconut milk has in our body. For instance, its support of vitamin E and fats feed and hydrate our hair, being also used as hair-mask. Coconut milk is also used as a natural cosmetic for the skin care. It helps cleaning and clearing the pores, removing excess of fat and dirty on our skin.
This summer, do not hesitate to include coconut in your diet!