The Health Benefits of Dried Coconuts

By: Dried Coconuts Filed Under: Uncategorized Posted: November 11, 2012

You may be surprised by how much nutrition hides inside dried coconuts, whether it is shredded or flaked.

A single coconut has ample nutrition in vitamins, minerals and water to nourish one adult for one day. I confess I could not imagine eating a whole coconut by myself in one day.

But, I did not grow up in the tropics where the coconut trees are native.

Even though the coconut is higher in fat than most nuts, there are many other benefits to balance that out. For instance, it contains lauric acid, even in its dried form. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that helps to raise the HDL cholesterol in your body. High Density Level cholesterol is beneficial and helps keep your arteries free from plaque accumulation.

That tasty dish with shredded dried coconut is packed with B vitamins which you must replenish daily, that is how important they are. The relatively high level of potassium is more than the daily recommended minimum amount. I like the fact that dried coconuts, such sweet snacks, ha ve so many other trace elements that I did not even know I needed, like, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron and even calcium.

Even the coconut oil is good for you. When you consume it by cooking with it, you are nourishing your scalp. Pharmacists will recognize some of the benefits of using coconut oil with some medicines.

Who but the researchers could tell us that dried coconut has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. It is also very good for your circulation and prevents the build up of blood clots. With so many good characteristics it is no wonder that people in the tropics have been so healthy so long.

But do not think the benefits are restricted to the meat of dried coconuts. When coconuts are still green, it is a great time to harvest them for the coconut water which is also jammed with nutrition. Not only is it a refreshing drink, but it is really effective at re-hydrating people because of its high mineral content. Apparently it is also good for digestion and the enzymes help keep your metabolism going strong.

As you see, there are many health benefits you can find within the ordinary coconut, from the water to the dried coconuts. You will want to have pasteurized dried coconut to be sure it has been prepared properly. The fresh coconut meat does not last long in humid climates or in large families but if you leave it lying around you can put yourself at risk for bacterial infection and contamination of your favorite treat. All of this talk about coconut makes me want to go out and pick up a coconut creme pie. How about you?


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