Coconut is a fruit that is consumed in a number of forms – raw (flesh), milk, water and oil. Coconuts are rich in fat and nutrition. Coconut is a simple dry nut, formed of a number of layers. The outermost is the brown husk, formed of fibers called coir, while the second one is endocarp i.e. an inner stone. As you remove the second layer, you get to the testa, which covers the white and fleshy edible part of fruit. Inside it is the coconut water, associated with a number of health benefits. Coconut water is mostly had from the green coconut, which is not fully ripe.
Nutrition of Coconut
A 1 cup (80 g) serving of shredded coconut contains 283 calories, of which 224 come from fat. There are 27 g of fat in a serving of coconut, 24 of which are saturated fat and the rest consisting of monosaturated fat and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for the body. There is no cholesterol in coconut, and only 16 mg of sodium. A serving of coconut consists of 12 g of carbohydrates and 3 g of protein. It also contains 7 g of fiber and 5 g of sugar. Coconut is rich in protein. Coconut provides quick and lasting boosts of energy. It also benefits the outward appearance of the body in a number of ways, including softening skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, controlling dandruff, and keeping the scalp and hair healthy.
Coconut is an excellent source of manganese, and contains 60 percent of the recommended daily intake of that mineral. It is also contains 11 percent of the recommended intake for iron, 9 percent of phosphorus and 8 percent of potassium. There are trace amounts of other nutrients in coconut, including zinc, calcium and magnesium.
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Coconuts/ Coconut Water
Being rich in dietary fiber, coconut flesh is good for those suffering from constipation.
Coconut is good for building up the body muscles of thin and emaciated individuals.
Coconut milk is good for curing sore throat and even helps relieve stomach ulcers.
Coconut water has been found to be beneficial for people with kidney problems.
Coconut water is believed to lessen the rashes caused by smallpox, chickenpox and measles.
Coconut water is said to be good for the skin.
Coconut water is used to treat intestinal worms and relieves stomach and urinary problems.
It has been claimed that coconut water is beneficial for the people suffering from diabetes.
Researches have suggested that coconut helps in reducing the viral load of HIV.
The organic iodine content of coconut helps in preventing simple goiter (enlarged non-toxic thyroid).
The coconut is a tropical fruit that is well-known for its nutritional benefits. Its meat, juice and oil are popular all over the world due to its delicious taste and abundance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Coconut was used by primitive people to treat a number of ailments, and is still recognized today for its nutritious and healing properties.