Fruit, milk, water, oil, powder… Coconut can be consumed in various forms, each more surprising and tasty than the next. For dessert, snack, drink or to enhance a dish, this exotic fruit has many benefits on the body, since it is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
The coconut has another advantage: it reminds of vacations and beach days, during which you sip through a straw the coconut water contained in this nut. But coconut also contains pulp: it is the white flesh with an incomparable flavor that lines its internal walls.
Coconut promotes digestive comfort
Coconut contains a lot of fiber: about 9 g per 100 g. A peculiarity that makes this fruit a real ally for the digestive system, because the fibers promote intestinal transit and in particular make it possible to fight against constipation.
Coconut: it strengthens the feeling of satiety
The high fiber content of coconut has another advantage: it helps reduce appetite. But if this fruit helps to limit the feeling of hunger, it is not for all that a slimming food, because it is particularly rich and caloric. It thus contains no less than 90% of lipids are in the form of saturated fatty acids, in other words almost as much as hazelnuts and a little more than avocado.
Coconut is particularly hydrating
Coconut can also be consumed in the form of coconut water, a particularly thirst-quenching drink. And for good reason: a fruit can contain up to 400 ml of water. Coconut water is therefore very hydrating, but should not be consumed in excess, because it remains sweet.
Coconut: an ally against hypertension
This fruit contains a lot of potassium: about 355 mg per 100 g. This mineral salt, which is essential for the body, makes it possible in particular to maintain the body’s acid-base balance, to fight against blood pressure, but also to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coconut, ideal for recharging your batteries
Coconut is rich in vitamin C, essential for staying in shape. 100 grams of coconut flesh thus represent 5% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins C. In addition to helping to refuel, this vitamin also has other advantages, since it strengthens the system immune system, slows down cellular aging and also allows better absorption of iron. It is also not the only vitamin found in coconut. This fruit also contains vitamin B9, which is particularly essential for the growth and proper functioning of the nervous system.
Coconut is rich in manganese, iron, copper and phosphorus
Manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus … So many trace elements found in coconut and which all have essential roles on the body. The manganese contained in coconut is essential for the action of several enzymes, in particular those necessary for digestion. It also acts as an anti-oxidant in certain cells of the body and also helps to balance the blood sugar level).
Coconut also contains iron, a trace element which participates in particular in the oxygenation of the blood and muscles. Copper also plays an essential role in the body: it helps fight infections, stimulates the immune system and contributes to the proper functioning of the heart.
What about the phosphorus that is also found in coconut? It acts in particular on bone metabolism, the central nervous system, energy and the acid-base balance.
How to choose, open and store the coconut?
To get the most of the health benefits of this fruit, it should be chosen well. To do this, it is advisable to shake the coconut close to his ear. The goal ? Hear the sound of coconut water. A large quantity of coconut water guarantees a fruit with a tasty pulp. It is then recommended to observe the three dark spots located at the base of the fruit, nicknamed the “eyes”. These spots should be firm and you should not see the presence of mold on them.
It is also through these “eyes” that it is advisable to open the coconut. Using a knife, they can be pierced in order to collect water. It is then advisable to strike with the back of the knife on the whole surface of the fruit in order to separate it in two.
Once the coconut is opened, the water that is extracted from it as well as its flesh must be consumed quickly. And for good reason: coconut water tends to ferment while the flesh dries out easily.
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