Go Nuts For Coconuts

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When it comes to coconuts, just what are they so good for?

Find out some important facts about coconuts and all that they do for our health below:

Cracking The Code Of Coconut Nutrition

Aside from the fact coconuts carry no trans-fats and are gluten-free, they also hold antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic healing properties.

Check out a few more of their health benefits below, as coconuts:

  • help prevent obesity by quickening your metabolism, providing energy without many calories or fats.  

  • provide healthy short chain and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are necessary for good health.  

  • come equipped with dietary fiber, supplying 61 percent of your daily recommendation. Because your body can’t digest coconut’s dietary fiber, it has no effect on blood sugar, either.

  • have fiber that slows down your body’s release of glucose, needing less insulin to employ the glucose and convert it to energy.  

  • help relieve stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of your body– while lowering your risk of diabetes in the process.

  • offer an energy boost that’s extremely natural and nutritious.

For more information on the many health benefits coconuts provide, click here.

Coconut Oil Can Improve Cholesterol

Coconut oil is all around us these days, whether it’s promoted as a butter substitute in vegan bakingor a smoothie topper for natural health folks. Heck, now it’s even a beauty treatment used for both moisturizing skin and bolstering oral health.

A recent study conducted on mouse cells that can be seen in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Diseasegarnered attention after it realized that treatment with coconut oil improved protection of cortical neurons in a lab environment. And while we can’t extrapolate these findings to mean the same for humans just yet, it does raise some eyebrows about coconut’s continued versatility.

While natural coconut oil comes from 90 percent saturated fat, the kind of saturated fat used is as important as the amount. Approximately half of virgin coconut oil’s saturated fat is lauric acid, a triglyceride that actually has a plethora of health-promoting properties like the ability to bolster “good” HDL cholesterol levels. People can also digest this kind of triglyceride easier and convert it to energy more efficiently, indicates The Wall Street Journal. This makes coconut oil a great choice for athletes; however, because it carries such high levels of saturated fat, all kinds of natural coconut oil might be problematic for your heart health over time, one Harvard nutrition professor admits.

“Most of the research so far has consisted of short-term studies to examine its effect on cholesterol levels. We don’t really know how coconut oil affects heart disease,” communicated Walter C. Willett, M.D., chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School for Public Health. “And I don’t think coconut oil is as healthful as vegetable oils like olive oil and soybean oil, which are mainly unsaturated fat and therefore both lower LDL and increase HDL.”

Kristin Kirkpatrick MS, RD, LD, manager of wellness nutrition services for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, cooks with coconut oil about once a week for taste purposes– but doesn’t want to use more until more research has been conducted. “I really stick with olive oil– it’s not as sexy, but there are so many more studies about its benefits,” she finishes.

Coconut Water Has Led To Maple Water– Which Might Be Even Better

When it comes to your pancakes, there’s nothing wrong with some good, old-fashioned maple syrup, right?

But would you ever consider drizzling water on your Saturday morning flapjacks instead?

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A recent trend originating in Canada that is now beginning to find itself right here in the U.S. has some companies marketing the stuff; maple water, as it’s called, is being touted as the new and improved alternative for coconut water, even. Coconut water began as a trend itself a few years ago, with people rushing for it in grocery stores as a sort of alternative sports drink. Maple water is simply the sappy stuff that comes from maple trees before it’s boiled down into your favorite pancake coverer.

One small bottling company called Vermont Sweetwater Bottling Company (which is, not surprisingly, in the state of Vermont), has been offering a maple-water seltzer since 1993– but many other companies have come out with similar products within the past couple years sporting names like Seva and Vertical Water, which debuted at a large trade show for the organic and natural foods industry called Natural Products Expo West.

Vertical Water gets its maple water from New York with the aid of forestry researchers at Cornell University. Michael Farrell, director of Cornell’s Uihlein Forest in Lake Placid, declared that maple water has naturally occurring minerals that are excellent for your bones, including calcium, magnesium and manganese, as well as potassium– which directly helps decrease blood pressure.

While there aren’t many studies showing whether or not maple water might be a cure-all concoction for all that ails you, it has been shown to be slightly healthier than coconut water in terms of sugar and calories. In general, 16 ounces of coconut water carry roughly 90 calories and 20 grams of sugar; maple water, on the other hand, carries slightly more than 30 calories and six grams of sugar in the same serving size.

Also, maple water is definitely superior to coconut water if you’re looking to eat more locally and if you live near maple-syrup producers.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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