We can use everything that a coconut provides – the water, milk, flesh, sugar and oil, as well as the husks and leaves, which are used for furnishings and decorations.
Because of its many health benefits, it is good to include coconut in your diet on a regular basis. You can buy a whole one and enjoy the flesh, treat yourself to coconut water to rehydrate, use the oil instead of butter or other oils for baking, spread the oil on toast, use the sugar instead of cane
sugar (it has a lower glycaemic index and more vitamins, minerals and amino acids) and use the milk instead of bouillon broth when making rice, quinoa, millet or other savoury dishes that require liquid.
The true magic about coconuts, though, is the oil. Yes, it is a saturated fat, but saturated fat is off the hook in terms of heart disease. After a review of 72 studies from 18 countries, Cambridge University announced this March that total saturated fat (whether in the diet or in the bloodstream) has no association with heart disease. Surprise!
The fat in coconuts (often called fat because it is solid at room temperature) is mainly made of medium chain saturated fatty acids. Not only does the liver metabolise these more quickly, but also it contains lauric acid, which is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial – good for fighting off all sort of baddies from the inflammation in acne to arthritis.
At Planet Organic, in addition to selling all of the edible parts of the coconut, we also have coconut yogurt, coconut milk powder, coconut flour, coconut flower blossom nectar, snack bars and balls that contain coconut – and bodycare products with coconut ingredients.
Coconut Smoothie recipe:
Smoothies are a great way to enjoy a few parts of the magical coconut. This makes a great addition to your breakfast or an afternoon snack. It is not very sweet, but quite satisfying.
- 400ml/14fl oz/1½ cups coconut milk
- 1 banana
- 150g/1 cup fresh or frozen fruit like strawberries or peaches
- 20g ground pecans or almonds
- 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1. If the coconut milk has a large amount of solid fat on top, pour the contents into a small saucepan and warm very slightly just until liquid. Put all of the ingredients except the coconut oil in a blender and blend until smooth.
- 2. Heat the coconut oil briefly and then pour through the hole in the blender top while blending to avoid the oil clumping.