It is National Coconut Day!
Not only are coconuts delicious and can be used in a variety of recipes, they are a nutritional superfood!
-Coconuts are nutritious – Although coconut meat is high in fat, the MCTs it contains may help you lose excess body fat. The meat also provides carbs and protein along with many essential minerals, such as manganese, copper, iron, and selenium.
-Eating coconut may improve cholesterol levels and help decrease belly fat, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
-Coconut is low in carbs and rich in amino acids, healthy fats, and fiber, making it a great choice for blood sugar control.
-Contains powerful antioxidants (our favorite word)! Coconuts contain polyphenol antioxidants that can protect your cells from damage, which may reduce your disease risk.
-The polyphenols found in it can prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, making it less likely to form plaques in arteries that can increase the risk of heart disease.
Some studies have shown that antioxidants found in coconut oil may help protect cells from damage and death caused by oxidative stress and chemotherapy.
-Easy to add to your diet! Coconut is versatile in the kitchen and works well in both sweet and savory foods. It’s a great choice for those on low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, or nut-free diets.