In Sanskrit, coconut trees are referred to as “Kalpa Vriksha” which means: “The tree that gives all that is necessary for life.”
This is no exaggeration, because the coconut supplies water, oil, and it’s flesh can be made into many different products from coconut milk to coconut flour, which is popular with the Paleo crowd because it is versatile, grain-free and high in fiber and nutrients. The coconut really is one of the most amazing superfoods ever.
Coconuts are technically what is called a “drupe,” which is a type of fruit.
A young coconut has a smooth green exterior, but usually when you find it in the store, that will have been removed, and it will look white. As the coconut ages, the exterior will become more brown and hairy. The flesh becomes more dense and nutritious as the coconut ages, because it soaks up more of the minerals from the water. So if you want to drink the water, make sure to get the young coconuts, because there will be more of water, and it will have more nutrients. The flesh of the young coconut is softer than the mature coconuts.
I recently discovered this really cool tool called the Coco Jack, which makes opening a young coconut a breeze (and it is fun to get a little bit of your aggressions out too). Check this video out to see how easy it is to use! It also has a cool tool that you can use to scoop out the flesh too. My 12 year old son is a coconut water snob – he only likes to drink it straight out of the coconut, and he is an expert at using the Coco Jack!
If you can’t get your hands on a young coconut, try Harmless Harvest raw coconut water – it is totally raw, so it is not pasteurized, which means it retains all the natural nutrients and tastes just like it came right from the fresh coconut – because it did!! Because it is raw, you will need to refrigerate it, and you will find it in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.
There are many different products that are made out of coconuts. One of the most amazing foods for our metabolism, is coconut oil, which is made by extracting the oil from the flesh. I like to put it in my tea or coffee every morning to stimulate my metabolism and energy. When choosing a coconut oil, make sure to look for quality unrefined, organic cold pressed virgin oils. If you are planning to cook it at a very high heat, you can use refined coconut oil. Read Cuckoo for Coconut Oil to learn more about the health benefits and uses of coconut oil.
Some of my other favorite coconut products:
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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