Coconut meat, the flesh that you find inside the coconut shell, is high in potassium, manganese, and copper. The coconut meat inside a tender coconut will be juicy and soft, and inside a mature coconut will be solid and crunchy. It gets harder as the coconut grows more mature. Coconut oil is extracted from the mature coconut.
Coconut is found in tropical regions, and people who live in these regions include coconut in everything they cook. There is currently a lot of buzz about the health benefits. Previously, doctors recommended not to include coconut meat and coconut oil in your diet because there was a misconception that coconut is full of bad cholesterol. On the contrary, people all over the world have now realized their countless health benefits. Doctors have started advising to eat them every day because they have many positive effects on your overall health.
Coconut and its by-products like coconut meat were considered unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content. However, recent studies show that medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat essential for the body, are found there.
The MCTs in coconut meat are immediately converted into fuel. Thus, MCTs are not deposited as fat in the fatty tissue of the body. Those who are trying to lose weight should include coconut products in their diet, as they will only promote weight loss.
By eating coconut, your body gets energy and also helps in brain development. The brain uses glucose for energy. When the brain’s ability to use glucose is severely impaired, it leads to neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. You need medium chain triglycerides to relieve the symptoms of such neurological disorders and for that you need to eat coconut meat.
Cardiologists were dead against including coconut in your diet a few years ago because they thought it would cause heart disease. But now they are advising their patients to eat coconut meat because studies have proven that it also prevents heart disease and stroke. Apparently, new studies have shown that it contains certain amounts of vitamins A and E, polyphenols and phytosterols. They will lower the bad cholesterol in your body. LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol are fats that remain in the blood and skin tissue. If LDL cholesterol is high in our body, it can lead to cardiovascular disease. It has even been found that people who include coconut in their food have a lower incidence of stroke and heart disease.
It is easy to include it in your diet. You can even eat it in its raw form or you can grind it and use the milk you get from the meat to make curries. The grated coconut meat is used to make sweets and even salads. By including it in any dish, you can make it really tasty. Nothing beats the taste of freshly made coconut chutney with raw mango and green cold.
So include coconut meat in your diet and stay healthy.