Surprising Dried Coconut Facts

By: Dried Coconuts Filed Under: Uncategorized Posted: January 2, 2013

Who else knew that dried coconut has lauric acid in it? Who else knows why that is important?  Well, let me tell you.  You can make coconut oil from dried coconut, because it is sixty percent coconut oil.

Now, fifty percent of that coconut oil is lauric acid. Really!

The next question is whether that is good news or bad news for your nutrition. In fact it is excellent news.

Lauric Acid has the antibiotic qualities and even more surprising, it has antiviral properties.  That almost sounds like a better idea than a flu shot for those of us who don’t like needles!

It is the lauric acid in mother’s milk that gives nursing babies an edge of resistance to many illnesses.

Lauric acid is toxic to many viruses, parasites, pathogenic bacteria and even pathogenic yeast. Come to think of it, I did not even know there was pathogenic yeast, unless they mean yeast that has gone sour or something.

Another surprise about coconuts is that the coconut oil (which comes from dried coconut most of the time) burns really quickly in your body’s cells.  Do you know what that does? It increases your metabolism. Many people have reported having more energy after using coconut oil instead of some other oils.

Actually, according to the author, Bruce Fife, in The Coconut Oil Miracle, a lot of people have lost weight by using coconut oil.

Don’t stop yet. There are  more surprising facts about dried coconut. It is a lot more readily digested than many other oils. It us recommended for patients who have trouble with digesting other oils and fat.

In fact, due to its smaller size and the type of triglycerides the dried coconut has, it can go diretly into your liver without going through the typical bile and lipase enzyme to be digested. That also means it can actually be heart healthy too.

Remarkably, you can get a product called coconut snowflakes by freeze-drying the coconut meat. It does a better job of preserving the freshess of dried coconut, produces smaller particles and does not require any sulfites to preserve it. Yet it has a much longer shelf life and no added sugars. Some people like the lighter consistency of the dried coconut flakes because it can be more versatile in different recipes.  So, be sure to read the label on your package of dried coconut. It is usually in small print.

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