Your Friendly Neighbourhood Superfood
The world is obsessed with superfood.
Now, before you get angry, hear us out. I know you might not think you’re not one of those people who follow with bated breath all the latest gastronomical trends—or you might be. Either way, you can’t deny that there’s a seemingly never-ending stream of new superfood trends every few weeks popping up on your timeline. “XXXXX, the Superfood You Never Knew You Needed in Your Life!”; “10 Superfood You Can Find in Your Local Supermarket”; “Discover the Secret Superfood that Can Help Keep Cancer Away.” Trends change, and with it comes a sense that if you’re not changing with them, you’re not doing all that you can to keep fit. It’s an exhausting process, really.
But this article is going to do exactly what all the articles above are doing: we’re going to introduce you to a superfood—only this time, it’s not a secret, and it most definitely needs no discovering.
Yes, that refreshing drink you have when you go to the beach, with juicy meat for you to scrape off the sides and enjoy after. Coconut oil craze took over the world for a while—for a good reason! —but other coconut products never really got the spotlight it deserves, despite being all around great for your health.
It’s time we give coconut the justice it deserves.
Electrolytes. You know you’re supposed to drink them after you’ve hit the gym and you’re shirt’s sticking to your back from sweat, but why?
As the name may suggest, electrolytes are chemicals that conduct electricity when mixed with water. They are immensely important to the body as they help keep your nerves and muscles (and yes, that includes your heart muscles too) functioning properly. After an intense bout of exercise and buckets of sweats, your body’s lost tonnes of electrolytes along with all the fluids. This can cause your body to cramp. You may experience fatigue. Your body might not run as smoothly it should.
So electrolytes are important.
How exactly are they related to coconuts though?
That’s because coconut water is one of the healthiest ways you can replenish your body of lost electrolytes. Tender coconut water contains high levels of electrolytes like Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Chloride. It also doesn’t contain the added sugar typically found sports drinks. Just a glass, and there you have it—easy and healthy way to help your body maintain its electrolytes levels, and it’s all natural too!
Good Fat, Bad Fat
“Fear the fat”; “Fat is bad for you and should be avoided at all cost”. The sentiment’s been ingrained in us for as long as we can remember. This has been amended by recent health trends trying to explain the differences between Good Fat and Bad Fat, putting trans-fat squarely in the Bad Fat category.
There’s also something that sits between the Good and the Bad: saturated fat. While not entirely devoid of health benefits, saturated fat is still something you should still watch out for, since overconsumption can cause your LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) level to rise, as well as raise the chance of potential future arteries blockage.
Coconut is primarily made up of saturated fat. This has cause many to argue that you should watch the amount of coconut you consume, since, y’know, saturated fat can be bad for you! But the world of science is not so uncomplicated such that one overarching category can truly explain the pros and cons of everything it comprises of.
The saturated fat found in coconut is medium chain fatty acids (MCT). These are different from the saturated fat that found its origins in animals.
They can be directly used by the body to produce energy without undergoing any sort of degradation. This particular form of medium chain fatty acids is also not stored in fat deposits. Coconuts are also completely without trans-fat. This means that it’s a fantastic choice for anyone looking to fill your fat intake but doesn’t want to spend hours and hours in the gym, trying to burn it all off. And let’s face it, exercise can be fun, but exercising as a chore to burn off the fat you enjoyed over the weekend is most definitely not.
Aside from all the good stuff we mentioned above, coconut water also contains small amount of proteins, with certain proteins higher in percentage than those in cow’s milk. Cytokinin, a substance which shows anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic effects, can also be found in large amount in coconut water too. Vitamin B9 is also a major component of the drink. And, on top of all the goodies, all these things are easily absorbed by the body when you consume coconuts!
All these benefits packaged in an all-natural, delicious drink. Really, need we say more. All the reasons listed above should be enough to group coconuts as part of the Superfood gang, and certainly, more than enough reason for you to look to include them into your daily diet. Go Coco!