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Coconut A Super food!!

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When I was growing up there was Coconut oil around but somewhere along the way it was demonized for its saturated fat, it is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.

People started saying it was not good for you, and Malayali Syrian Christians, always wary of heart attacks began to dump it. And then the Saffola type revolution happened.

Of course, Olive oil was the big guy in the kitchen, you had to be rich for that, but the NRI Malayali lectured the domestic Mallu that the Olive was superior to the Coconut. But now, we are told, very clearly, that the Coconut reigns supreme, it's an uncontested superfood.

Please note, all those people in boarding school who called me Kerala Coconut disparagingly (and stopped only after they realised it was a call for a physical response). It was found that, "Coconut oil doesn't contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.

No, they contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length. Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.

They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. There are many other benefits as well.

 

Botanical name of Coconut: Cocos nucifera 

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Coconut Nutrition Facts

  Serving Size: One ounce of raw coconut (28 gram)
   
  Amt. Per Serving
Calories 99
Fat 9 g
Carbohydrates 4 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 2 g
Protein 1 g
Sodium 6 mg

Credit to Food Facts 

 

Roy Daniels

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