|A coconut which has been stripped of its husk. The top has been hacked off and it is shown here as served in a hawker centre in Singapore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Now coconuts have had a bit of a health revival recently with many celebrities and sport teams using it to boost metabolism and maintain weight.
According to Dr. Oz :
Studies have show that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Here is another quick rundown on the benefits of coconut
I love using coconut oil for cooking, especially curries and some stews as it adds a certain extra bit of aroma to it and it is also a lot healthier.
I also love it as a body oil especially now that the weather is getting colder and your skin tends to dry out more. The smell is glorious and it does bring back the fleeting memories and images of a nice hot summer!
Coconut is also fabulous to drink on its own - coconut water - very fashionable these days or mixed in with something else - preferably healthy (oh alright, here is a really good selection of coconut rum based cocktail recipes....)
Oh healthy drinks..... just got a bit diverted there :)
Lassi can be mixed with coconut water or coconut milk and also kefir, which is also a yogurt based probiotic drink which I will do a post on soon. You can also add some coconut water to your kombucha tea to give it a totally different flavor.
If you cannot wait, here is a good drink recipe for coconut and kefir and the whole family can enjoy it. Honest :)
Let me know your favorite recipes with coconut in it!