Coconuts have had a bad rap in recent years. And unjustly so.
Recent research shows this nostalgic “nut” (it’s really a seed) offers a myriad of health benefits, some of which may astound you. The coconut's powers range from boosting digestive health and immune function to stoking your body's fat-burning ability. Let's look at the four superfoods the coconut offers...
Coconut "water" is the liquid found inside young coconuts (and differs from coconut milk). It is rich in potassium and other purported "youth-enhancers" and hence its popularity with athletes and A-listers. And 100% natural, at that.
Coconut “milk” comes from the meat of the fresh green coconut. When the coconut dries or ripens, the “meat” becomes hard and much of the oils become saturated.
Coconut "flour" is simply dried coconut meat that has been ground into a fine powder. Despite its sweet taste, it has no sugar and provides a bevy of benefits to baked goods like Coconut Flour Brownies.
Finally, coconut oil. It's heat-stable (and therefore perfect for high-temperature cooking), packed with medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and available in full-flavor or neutral flavor varieties.