Coconut, properties and health benefits

Coconut , a fruit of tropical origin of which can be obtained from coconut oil , milk and coconut cream , grated coconut or also called  coconut flour , coconut water , coconut sugar , desiccated coconut and of course, fresh coconut .

The coconut is the fruit of the coconut tree or coconut tree, Cocos nucifera , native to the Pacific. It can weigh between 2 and 3 kilos and contain 300 ml of coconut water inside, although the more mature the coconut, the lower its water content. The pulp of the coconut, the edible part of the fruit, is white.

In this article we tell you what is the nutritional value of coconut and the nutritional properties and benefits of coconut. I have also included a video at the end with the properties of coconut oil because they are exceptional and it is important that you know them.

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Nutritional value of fresh coconut

Of every 100 grams of fresh coconut, 47 are water, 36 are saturated fat, 4 are carbohydrates and 3 are vegetable protein. It also gives us 10 grams of dietary fiber.

From the mineral content of coconut, we highlight that it is rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium and iodine.

In terms of vitamins, fresh coconut has vitamin C, B3 or niacin, E or tocopherol, B6 or pyridoxine, B1 or thiamine, B2 or riboflavin, and B9 or folate.

The fresh coconut gives us 350 kilocalories per 100 grams, while the shredded coconut has 600 kilocalories per 100 grams and coconut oil rises to 900 kilocalories per 100 grams.

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Coconut, properties and health benefits

  • coconut benefits Coconut oil or butter can be used both in recipes and in home remedies to improve our skin and hair.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory action, coconut consumption is beneficial to people who have diseases whose symptom or cause is inflammation.
  • This fruit can help to improve intestinal ailments.
  • It has antioxidant action that protects our DNA from the attack of free radicals.
  • Due to its antifungal action, coconut oil is used to fight fungi as in the case of candidiasis and vaginal infections.
  • Coconut water is used by athletes as an isotonic drink due to its electrolyte content.
  • Helps regulate blood sugar or glucose levels.
  • The grated coconut can be used, in addition to to season sweet recipes, as a scrub. Leaves skin very soft and cared for.
  • It is a very beneficial food to take care of the health of our bones and teeth.
  • Some nutrients in coconut, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium, contribute to the proper functioning of the nervous and muscular system.

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  • Coconut prevents or helps fight constipation.
  • Optimizes the functioning of our immune system.
  • Consuming coconut helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • Coconut is a fruit with a hepatoprotective, antiparasitic, bactericidal, antifungal, immunostimulating and antioxidant effect.
  • Despite the fact that coconut is a caloric food, it is useful to include it in weight loss diets because it activates the metabolism and contributes to weight loss.
  • Coconut oil is the best option when cooking, since it is stable in its composition and tolerates high temperatures better than any other oil, even extra virgin olive oil.

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