When it comes to food that hits on multiple health fronts, it’s hard to outdo coconut. They are super-hydrating, add great flavour, bring nutrients to your diet and, best of all, coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which is known to be anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and they boost the immune system. Here are some coconut-based ingredients to lend your dish a nutty flavour!
Like many other cooking oils, coconut oil is perfect for baking, frying and roasting. They contain 50 percent lauric acid, which helps in lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Coconut oil is also said to aid weight-loss, increase body’ metabolic rate, strengthen the immune system and help improve your digestion.
You may want to add coconut butter to your diet as it’s full of essential amino acids, calcium, magnesium and lauric acid. It’s also packed with healthy fats that make you feel full for longer, and boost immunity and metabolism, which aids weight loss.
Shredded coconut flesh supplies a huge amount of key vitamins, minerals and zinc. Add it to morning smoothies, avocado-topped toast and cereals.
If you’re looking for a refreshing drink for the hot, sunny weather, coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher. It contains five essential electrolytes, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. You could also replace your sports drinks with coconut water; some athletes believe they work better to replenish hydration than processed isotonic drinks do.
The next time you make pancakes, swap wheat flour for coconut flour for a gluten-free, and low sugar option. Coconut flour is made from ground and then dried coconut flesh, which is then baked and dried to create flour. You can even bake cakes with it.
This is a popular choice for vegans. Other than being lactose-free, it’s rich in fiber, Vitamins C and E, minerals, iron, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Adding fresh coconut milk to your diet, improves blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes.