Coconuts are a food which hold many benefits for human health and wellness. In places where the coconut palm is indigenous, coconuts have been recognized as an important health food since ancient times. They were commonly used as a part of traditional medicine in many cultures.
It is easy to see why as coconuts contain antioxidants, healthy fats, electrolytes, minerals and nutrients such as potassium, calcium, sodium magnesium and phosphorus. In addition to these qualities, they also hold a low calorie count which helps with weight maintenance. Whole coconuts provide all of these benefits and more, however, they are very versatile and can be processed into many products such as coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut chips, coconut flour and coconut treacle, which each provide various benefits of their own. Virgin coconut oil, for one, is a much healthier alternative to other oils for cooking, as it contains 86% heathy saturated fat, lauric acid (which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties) and medium chain triglycerides (which have been associated with aiding weight loss). Coconut sugar is more nutritious and easier to digest than regular sugar (low glycemic index) and coconut water is a great natural source of electrolytes.