Nuts for Coconuts!!!

One of the healthiest foods you aren’t eating is the coconut, and no, Almond Joys don’t count.  I ate coconuts everyday as part of my anti-cancer diet.

Now you may have had a pina colada, or coconut in a dish at some point, but very few people I’ve met have ever actually eaten a fresh raw coconut.

The reason most of us aren’t eating coconuts is:

1) We don’t live in a tropical paradise, with coconuts growing on trees in the backyard.

2) They aren’t a staple in industrialized nation cuisine.

3) They’re kinda hard to find.

4) How the flip do you get them open!

Here’s why you need to eat coconuts:

Coconuts are rich in this really awesome stuff called Lauric Acid,
a medium chain fatty acid that is
anti-viral, anti-fungal, and
.  What’s interesting is that the highest concentration of lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids is found in two places: coconut oil and human breast milk.
So unless you’re still nursing, I’m going to recommend you add some coconut to your diet.

My favorite way to eat coconut is to make this Coconut Fruit Smoothie.  
(In that post I explain what kind to buy and how to get them open)

The easiest way to get coconut into your diet is to buy Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Somedays I just eat a spoonful for a quick fix.  (My wife refuses to eat it that way)

Your New Favorite Cooking Oil

Coconut, Palm, and Palm Kernal Oil are the healthiest cooking oils on the planet.  They are way healthier than any vegetable oil.  Don’t get me wrong, olive oil is good; just not as healthy for cooking with as those three tropical oils.
The reason coconut oil is superior for cooking is it is very resistant to high heat, which means frying with it doesn’t change its molecular properties or reduce its nutritional value.

History Lesson

Once upon a time coconut oil was a staple ingredient in modern food, but it got a bad rap for several decades because it is high in saturated fat.  This was believed to be unhealthy based on flawed research done on hydrogenated coconut oil. Some conspiracy theorists will tell you that segments of the food industry promoted a negative pr campaign against tropical oils in order to replace them with vegetable oils from American crops:  soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, etc.

Not that far-fetched, really.

Regardless, that’s when the widespread use of hydrogenated vegetable oils began.  They are horribly unhealthy, but somehow they didn’t get researched back then…

If you haven’t already read this somewhere else, let me be the first to tell you, margarine is some freaky stuff.  It’s like spreadable edible plastic.  Please stop eating it.  Also get rid of any food product containing hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils.  This deserves an entire post of its own, but in the meantime, know this:  Hydrogenated oils have trans fats which are toxic unnatural fatty acids that are contributors to disease.  They can actually make you sick and fat.  Google it.

Back to Coconut Oil:

In recent years coconut oil has made a comeback, as scientific research has proven that saturated fat from coconuts is in fact super healthy.
Saturated fats from plant sources like coconuts, olives, avocados, and some nuts like almonds and cashews are good for our cells, bones, blood, cardiovascular system, liver, and immune system. These good fats lower cholesterol, and protect us from harmful microorganisms.
Coconut oil has even been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests.

It also assists in weight loss, which is why islanders who consume a lot of coconut in their diet are rarely overweight.
And coconut oil also great for your skin and hair.

Cooking with coconut oil is amazing.  It smells soooo good and adds delicious new flavor to everything from scrambled eggs to stir fry.  Try it once and you’ll be hooked.

We’re so crazy about coconut oil, we buy Giant Tubs of the stuff!


Recommended Reading: The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife

Related Post: Coconut Fruit Smoothie

Post your comments below!

6 Responses to “Nuts for Coconuts!!!”
  1. Jeanne says:

    I actually love, love, love coconut – raw or any way. Not a real fan of the milk but I know if it isn’t real ripe the milk is a little bitter – don’t expect it to look milky though. My experience from Mexico coconuts is clear. I see chefs open them up with one whack. Not sure I can do that. My dad always takes it outside, lays it on the grass and with a machete opens it up with a good whack or two. It’s totally worth it. We cut it out in chunks and eat it as a snack. YUM! Makes me want to get one.

  2. shanna says:

    My one experience with an actual coconut involved my (now ex) and I using every method possible, for two hours, to not only get the sucker open, but to scoop out the flesh inside. I STILL find bits of coconut on the blinds now and then lol!

    I use coconut oil on my skin daily, coconut water in my smoothies, and LOVE that so many new coconut based products have come out on the market.

    Fun fact: “Young coconut water is nearly identical to human blood plasma, making it a universal donor. During the Pacific battles of World War II, between 1941-1945, both sides in the conflict used coconut water–siphoned directly from the coconut–to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.”

  3. Adam Hite says:

    so where can you find raw, organic cocunuts?

  4. Alyssa Ivey says:

    Hey, did you cover how to open them??? I have a green one sitting in the fridge, but don’t know the best way to open it. Do you have to use a hammer?

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