Coconuts are central foods to my diet, without them I would be lost (no, I would adapt! my increasingly well-trained inner voice yelps!). But, thank goodness, I don’t have to; coconut products – coconut milk, cream, water, desiccated coconut, coconut flour, sugar and oil, if not the actual hairy beasts themselves – are readily available. They are healing, versatile and delicious foods that enhance the flavour, texture and substance of so many snacks and meals, and make the transition of cutting out foods for specialist diets a pleasurable one. Give me a coconut food over its dairy equivalent any day of the week, they are truly superior, giving so many health benefits and tasting wonderful. Whole coconut, desiccated coconut, vinegar, coconut flour, milk, cream, sugar or oil, coconut is an excellent dairy-alternative, and much, much more.
For one, it enables me to really engage with my food. When you are taking something from an animal, involved in their suffering, I believe it is harder to really think about your food; what it means, where it comes from.
I do not want that disconnect, it is an infectious state of mind; I want reality, I want to connect.
I battle to do this everyday, and sometimes I win. Coconut in its various forms helps me in this battle.
I want to nurture myself, and to love my body, no matter that it doesn’t work properly, screw that, especially because it doesn’t work properly. And I want to enjoy food. Coconut is both luxurious and basic, I make so many treats with coconut, it keeps me satisfied and happy, and supports me on my journey towards optimal health and wellness. I follow an anti-inflammatory diet, and coconut products help me to do this successfully, and to never feel deprived.
Coconuts are full of super healthy fats, including lauric acid, which is antiviral, antibacterial and immune boosting. They are prebiotic, full of electrolytes, and packed with nutrients. Coconut sugar is a good alternative to sugar, though still a sugar, it is far more nutritious, lower GI and GL, tastier, and contains inulin, a prebiotic dietary fiber that aids digestion and general health, and helps balance blood sugar. Natural fruit sugar is always better for you than glucose.
There has been much talk of the saturated fat content of coconuts, but further research shows that the saturated fat is of the good kind, and that there is a difference. As ever, research and trust your experience, and remember that nature usually knows best; consume a varied diet of natural foods that agree with you and you won’t go far wrong!
Coconut oil is also a fantastic body moisturiser, hair conditioner, and is used for the ‘pulling’ a method of teeth cleaning and whitening that is becoming very popular.
it is truly a super food and wonder-product.
Check out my recipes for lots of coconut goodness X X