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How healthy is coconut?

  1. Coconut, if there is a fruit that has something exotic about it, it is coconut. Sun-drenched white beaches with large coconut palm trees forming the edge of the forest and a turquoise sea - how idyllic do you want it ?! Fruits are healthy and so is the coconut, is often the train of thought. Add to that the popularity around coconut oil, and that there is nothing better for baking, and look there the health ideal - the coconut. But is that image correct?

The coconut palm tree

  1. Edible The coconut, also called topper, is actually not a nut at all. This fruit, which comes from Indonesia, India and the Philippines in particular, is a drupe and comes from the coconut palm. The coconut differs from other stone fruits, where the content is fleshy. The coconut has more fibrous content (when it is almost ripe). The white matter as we know it is actually the back-up food in “the nut” for germination to succeed.

The tree

  1. The coconut palm can grow up to 30 meters high and grows mainly in areas with a lot of sun. The palm needs a lot of direct sunlight and a sandy surface. Salt in the ground is fine and so our image of paradise where the palm grows on the edge of the white beach by the sea is correct. It is a tree that can bear fruit for about 60 years and they can produce many coconuts per year. Ranging from 40 to about 120.

Coconut becoming popular

  1. The tree and its fruits have become quite popular since the early 21st century. In the past it was still a beautiful exotic tree, now we can use almost everything from this tree. The coconuts are certainly fully used, because the coconut fits perfectly into our picture of a healthier life with fresh fiber-rich products or fruits.

Nutritional Benefits of Eating Coconut

  1. So what makes that nut full of saturated fats so popular? These saturated fats mainly consist of medium chain fatty acid chains, with the result that the liver is able to break them down very quickly. This has the direct effect on the body that it speeds up your metabolism.

Skepticism

  1. Yet there is also quite a bit of skepticism when it comes to coconut and this is not so much due to the fact that not everyone can appreciate the taste, because tastes differ. No, the skepticism is in the discussion about saturated fats (coconut fat contains the most saturated fat of all fats and oils). The Nutrition Center therefore advises to eat coconut only exceptionally. This, while many dietitians actually stimulate coconut in their diet. It should be said here that everything should be consumed in moderation.

Cultivation

  1. Where something is good or tasty for human consumption, you should always be vigilant for "abuse" on the spot. The plantations require significantly more water than, for example, the olive, sunflower or linseed and thus extract from the environment. Moreover, deforestation is always lurking here. Guidance to grow responsibly can prevent deforestation.

Finally

  1. You will have to form your own opinion when it comes to whether or not to take coconut. The supporters and opponents are really diametrically opposed to each other, which doesn't make it any easier to make a choice. If you want to use it, but are still reluctant ... use it limited, but regularly, and always use common sense.

  2. You will have to form your own opinion when it comes to whether or not to take coconut. The supporters and opponents are really diametrically opposed to each other, which doesn't make it any easier to make a choice. If you want to use it, but are reluctant… apply it limited, but regularly, and always use common sense.



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