Coconut meat, the flesh that you find inside the coconut shell, is rich in potassium, manganese and copper. The coconut meat inside a tender coconut will be juicy and soft, and inside a mature coconut will be solid and crunchy. It becomes tougher as the coconut becomes more mature. Coconut oil is extracted from mature coconut.
Coconut is found in tropical regions, and people who live in such regions include coconut in anything and everything they cook. There is a lot of buzz currently on the health benefits. Earlier, doctors used to advise not to include coconut meat and coconut oil in your diet as there was a wrong notion that coconut is full of bad cholesterol. On the contrary, now people around the world have come to realise the innumerable health benefits of them. Doctors have started advising to eat them both daily as they have many positive effects on your overall health.
Coconut and the products derived from it like coconut meat were considered unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content. However, recent studies show that medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that is essential for the body, is there in it.
The MCTs in the coconut meat are straight away converted into fuel. So the MCTs are not getting deposited as fat in fat tissues in the body. Those who are trying to reduce weight should include coconut products in their diet as they will only aid weight loss.
By eating coconut your body gets energy and also helps brain development. Brain makes use of glucose as energy source. When the brain’s ability to make use of glucose is severely impaired, it leads to neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. You need medium-chain triglycerides to alleviate the symptoms of such neurological disorders and for that you must eat coconut meat.
Cardiologists were dead against including coconut in your diet a few years ago as they thought it will cause heart diseases. But now they advise their patients to eat coconut meat as studies have proved that it will prevent heart disease and stroke as well. Apparently, new studies have found that it has certain amounts of vitamins A and E, and polyphenols and phytosterols. They will lower bad cholesterol in your body. LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol is fats that stay in the blood and skin tissues. If LDL cholesterol is high in our body it can lead to cardiovascular diseases. It has even been found that people who include coconut in their food has lower incidence of stroke and heart diseases.
It is easy to include it in your diet. You can even eat it in its raw form or you can grind it and use the milk that you get from the meat to prepare curries. Shredded coconut meat is used to make sweets and even salads. By including it in any dish you can make it really tasty. Nothing can beat the taste of freshly made coconut chutney with raw mango and green chilly.