If you’re anything like me, you prefer the basic facts highlighted for you in good old bullet point fashion. So, here’s everything important you need to know about the naturally occurring health benefits of coconut tree products!
Eight incredible benefits of coconut tree products
#1: They help prevent weight gain and obesity
By speeding up your metabolism and providing an immediate source of energy with fewer calories than other fats, eating coconut can help stave off hunger for several hours with no effects of hypoglycaemia.
#2: They improve heart health
Coconuts do this by providing healthy short- and medium-chain fatty acids that are essential to heart health. Close to 98% of all fatty acids consumed are composed of long-chain fatty acids, which are very different from medium-chain ones that have no negative effect on cholesterol ratios, and help lower the risk of atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease.
#3: They’re a great source of dietary fibre
Rivalling other fibre sources such as wheat bran, oat bran, rice bran and psyllium, coconut supplies an impressive 61% dietary fibre! Foods contain two types of carbohydrates: Digestible and non-digestible. Digestible carbs (soluble fibre) consist of starch and sugar and promote calories. Non-digestible carbs (insoluble fibre) contain no calories. Since the body can’t digest dietary fibre in coconut, no calories are derived from it and it has no effect on blood sugar.
#4: They have a low glycaemic index
Glycaemic index (GI) measures how fast available carbohydrates in food raise blood sugar levels. Coconut fibres slow down the release of glucose, therefore requiring less inulin to utilise the glucose and transport it into the cell where it’s converted into energy. Coconut also assists in relieving stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, in turn reducing the risks associated with diabetes.
#5: They reduce sugar cravings
The healthy fat in coconut slows down any rise in blood sugar and helps reduce hypoglycaemic cravings. Coconuts also improve insulin secretion and utilisation of blood glucose.
#6: They aid digestion
Coconuts improve many of the symptoms and inflammatory conditions associated with digestive disorders by supporting absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids, while also providing beneficial dietary fibre.
#7: They provide a quick energy boost
Coconut gives the body provides a super-nutritious source of extra energy. The body utilises coconuts to actually produce energy, rather than to store it as a body fat. Coconuts also support improved endurance during physical and athletic performance, and promote healthy thyroid function, which in turn relieves the symptoms of chronic fatigue.
#8: They pack numerous beneficial properties
Coconut contain no trans-fats, they’re gluten-free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic, and they contain antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasitic healing properties.
If that isn’t enough reason to start eating and using more coconut, I’m not sure what is!