Coconuts popularity lately as a superfood and staple has been explosive. We have seen a huge increase in the number of coconut products, alternatives and foodstuffs available in line with the rise of paleo and grain-free diets. In our house, we use a lot of coconut! A little bit every day.
Paleo Mom has done her homework on Coconut and writes on her blog, we have taken an excerpt for you:
Coconut is also a rich source of manganese, a mineral necessary for enzymes that work to protect the body from and repair damage caused by free radicals. Copper, iron and selenium are also found in good quantities in coconut, as are calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc to a lesser degree. Coconut is a fairly good source of many B-vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, and pantothenic acid. Coconut is also a source of vitamins C and E, phytosterols, and fiber.
Coconut has long been recognized for its ability to boost the immune system, and act as an antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial (basically small things that might make you sick don’t like coconut). It is even believed that a few times daily dose of coconut is one of the best things you can do to restore healthy gut flora (I don’t think there are any studies proving this though). It should be noted though that coconut does contain some phytic acid (although much, much lower than most tree nuts), which can be a problem for some people struggling with auto-immune issues.
-Dr Sarah Ballantyne, thePaleomom.com
If you haven’t tried cooking with coconut oil yet, then do! We have some special, culinary coconut oil that doesn’t have a strong smell (but that smell is so good!). We use that a lot in oursavouryy dishes and work with the Essential more through our baking. You can also find lots of recipes from us on our website by searching for coconut if you are stuck for ideas!