Why are people going nuts for coconuts?

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January 29, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Why are people going nuts for coconuts?

Coconuts are definitely all the rage right now. Stores are stocked with various coconut products, including coconut milk, coconut powder, coconut water, and oil. While coconut products have always been used to enhance the flavor of food, coconut is now increasingly being used in beauty products. Why are coconuts the center of attention in both beauty and nutrition, you ask? Well, in a few minutes, you're going to find out exactly why.
 
The tropical fruit is rich in vital nutrients and antioxidants.  Although refined coconut oil has lower levels of antioxidants, it still has a plethora of vital nutrients required for perfect physical health and smooth, silky skin. Beauties all over the world have long been using coconut oil as a natural moisturizer for the skin. In addition, the rich combination of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants in coconut oil can also prove beneficial in restoring health to damaged, lackluster hair. Dietitians and health influencers are going crazy over coconut oil because it contains only 6% monounsaturated fats and 2% polyunsaturated fatty acids.
 
In the West, coconut is extensively used in baked products to enhance its flavor and aroma. Cakes, macaroons, cookies, and chocolates now come in a rich coconut flavor. While desiccated pieces of coconut are used to garnish cakes, it is also used as a vital ingredient in a plethora of recipes. The plump fruit reveals its true strength in Southeast Asian countries because it is one of the primary ingredients of Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Coconut cream and milk are often used as alternatives to dairy in Cambodia, Laos, and Burma due to the numerous health benefits.
 
Coffee enriched with a tropical twist? Yes, please! Coconut coffee is definitely the trend these days. Brew your coffee with infused coconut coffee beans to augment the health benefits of your morning coffee. Coconut coffee doesn't only have tremendous health benefits, but it also tastes amazing. Some people also tend to add a teaspoon of coconut oil to their coffee to gain additional health benefits.
 
With the increasing trends of people becoming health conscious, exercising daily has become a routine for everyone. A huge amount of water is lost from the body through perspiration when you exercise. Therefore, it is absolutely mandatory to drink adequate amounts of water in order to stay hydrated, but who can chug liters and liters of water all the time? Coconut water is a healthy alternative to regular water: only a cup of coconut water provides you 17% of your daily potassium requirement at under 50 calories. Thus, coconut water makes for an excellent post-workout hydrating drink.
 
If you have been struggling with indigestion, you need to add coconut water to your life. The high fiber content helps in indigestion and relieves constipation. We recommend eating coconut in raw form too if you have severe constipation. Furthermore, coconut water can also keep blood pressure in control because of its high electrolyte content.
 
Are you allergic to gluten? Well, you can just switch to coconut flour. This gluten-free flour is rich in proteins and fiber. Plus, coconut flour has a very light texture, which gives food an airy texture. Next time you are baking your favorite muffins, try using coconut flour and coconut sugar for a change; you'll absolutely love the flavor. A low-glycemic sugar, coconut sugar is packed with health benefits.
 
With a wide range of uses and a powerful nutritional value, coconuts are making people go crazy over them, and rightly so! Coconuts are packed with numerous health benefits, and the best part is that they're all-natural, so there's no question of any harmful additives entering your body.

Farah Jassawalla

Farah Jassawalla is a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She is also a writer, and a healthcare enthusiast, having closely observed case studies while working with Lahore's thriving general physicians at their clinics.

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