You would NOT be nuts to love Coconut!

Coconut is one of my all-time favorite things to eat, but it not only tastes good, it is super nutritious too.

Here are a few things to know about how you can buy Coconut and if they are beneficial to your health:

Coconut milk is produced by pureeing a mixture of coconut meat and water, then straining it to remove some of the fat (has very little nutritional value).

Coconut Cream has a higher ratio of coconut to water content and 99% of the time has sugar added to it (has very little nutritional value).

Coconut water is the liquid in a young coconut when you first crack it open and has the most nutritional value out of all the Coconut products you can buy. Coconut water has gained popularity in the US over the past two years because of its many benefits - more potassium than a banana to prevent cramping; it is fat free, low in calories and great for rehydration. Coconut water is suitable for a standalone beverage. (more on this below)

Cream of Coconut is a cream made from coconuts and blended with cane sugar (has very little nutritional value plus the negative of lots of sugar).

Coconut Oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconut harvested from the coconut palm and is very nutritious if you buy the right type (more on that below). There are 4 different types of Coconut oil that Tropical Traditions provide:
Qualities non-certified Expeller-Pressed
Coconut Oil
Organic Expeller-Pressed
Coconut Oil
Green Label Virgin
Coconut Oil
Gold Label Virgin
Coconut Oil
High MCTs/Lauric Acid Yes Yes Yes Yes
No solvents used in processing Yes Yes Yes Yes
No hydrogenation or trans fats Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-GMO Yes Yes Yes Yes
USDA Certified Organic No Yes Yes Yes
Scent and taste of coconuts No No Yes Yes
No refining No No Yes Yes
Made from fresh coconuts No No Yes Yes
Hand-made, not machine-made No No No Yes
Small batches - family producers No No No Yes
Highest levels of anti-oxidants No No No Yes

Health Benefits of Coconut Water:

  • Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.
  • Orally re-hydrate your body, it is an all natural isotonic beverage.
  • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.
  • Naturally replenish your body's fluids after exercising.
  • Raise your metabolism.
  • Promote weight loss.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Detoxify and fight viruses.
  • Cleanse your digestive tract.
  • Control diabetes.
  • Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS.
  • Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer.
  • Treat kidney and urethral stones.
  • Boost poor circulation.
  • Boost thyroid health.
  • Help break up kidney stones.
  • Great for liver problems such as hepatitis.
  • Reduce urinary problems.
  • Helps eliminate swelling in hands and feet.
  • Good for burns.
  • Great source for Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, and Vitamin C.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil:
  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
After reading all that, who wouldn't want to add Coconut Water and Oil to their nutritional cupboard?

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