In the 1930s, Weston Price visited the South Pacific and discovered a couple of things. First, he found the people to be exceptionally healthy and fit with very little incidence of heart disease. He also discovered that their diet was rich in coconut products.
Coconuts are high in saturated fats. But as we’re starting to learn, there are good saturated fats and bad saturated fats. The fat in coconut provides the body with an excellent source of energy. It boosts HDL, the good cholesterol. And it actually promotes heart health. Unlike many other saturated fats that contribute to it.
Health Benefits of Coconuts
The water in coconuts has the highest concentration of electrolytes found in nature. Making coconut water a powerful sports energy drink with benefits. And it so closely resembles human blood, that during WWII it was used for emergency blood transfusions.
Coconut oil has numerous benefits, that you can read about here. If you do nothing else, substitute it for your current cooking oil, and you’ll swap something extremely unhealthy for a saturated fat loaded with health benefits.
Here are just some of the health benefits from eating coconut.
- stabilizes blood sugar
- lowers cholesterol
- antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial
- healthier skin with fewer wrinkles
- improves digestion
- promotes cell health
- increases thyroid production
- improves metabolism
- promotes weight loss
Coconut can even protect teeth from bacteria, which is why coconut oil is the prime ingredient in homemade toothpaste.
Between coconut water, oil and the meat itself, there are numerous ways to incorporate more coconut products into your diet. Coconut flakes make an excellent addition to trail mix, yogurt and smoothies. And switch to coconut oil for cooking, if nothing else.