When it comes to coconuts they are one of the few foods that have been given “superfood” status.
The unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits.
Of course this isn’t anything new…but when the celebrities jump on board it doesn’t matter how old the knowledge is – if it’s hot, it’s hot.
Now the stars are sipping away at their coconut water on the red carpet, their fitness gurus are swearing by the powers of it’s oil and as a result it’s become the it-food of the year.
Supermarket shelves are crammed full of products from dairy milk substitutes, hydrating waters and ready-prepared coconut flesh in the chilled aisle to jars of coconut oil marketed for everything from holistic skincare regimes as well as clean eating recipe staples.
One product that launched recently in Northern Ireland was The Vita Coco Lemonade range.
Already being plugged by celebrities from Rihanna and Madonna to Jay-Z it comes as no surprise it’s already gaining momentum across the country.
So…we challenged the guys at Vita Coco to give us the low-down on why we should all become coconut lemonade converts.
Here’s their 10 Coconut Health Benefits:
Coconut water offers more than a delicious way to stay hydrated – natural coconut water brands like Vita Coco have no added sugars making them an excellent, bikini-body friendly swap for soft drinks this summer.
Looking for the best quality coconut water possible? Reach for a tetra pack. Preservatives are typically added to coconut water which is marketed in plastic bottles to keep the water fresh. Only tetra packed coconut water can offer the guarantee of natural coconut water with no added sugars or preservatives.
Coconut sugar has been described as the heathier alternative to table sugar.
Made from the sap of flowers from the coconut palm tree and containing minerals like potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and antioxidants, coconut sugar has been present in traditional dishes in south Asian cuisine for thousands of years and is becoming popular among health food enthusiasts globally.
Two-thirds of the world’s population are already coconut water drinkers. Asian, Caribbean and other tropical countries are high consumers of the natural hydrator, with the Western world only recently becoming enlightened to the beneficial qualities of fresh coconut water.
One 330ml pack of coconut water contains more potassium than a banana, making it an ideal drink for expecting mothers and for post-workout to help avoid cramping.
Coconut water is gluten free and dairy free, making it suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
Coconut oil is a key ingredient used for Oil Pulling – a wellness routine that involves swishing oil around the mouth for up to twenty minutes per day.
This practice has been carried out for thousands of years and helps to promote good oral hygiene and has also been said to help common ailments ranging from allergies and skin rashes to bad breath and gum disease.
Coconut oil offers an excellent, all-natural skin moisturiser perfect for extra dry skin, psoriasis or eczema.
A dab of coconut oil rubbed in the palms and then over your hair can help to smooth out frizz and add a sheen to your hair.
10. Less Fat
While coconut water is the water taken from young, green coconuts, coconut milk comes from more mature coconuts and comes from the flesh of the coconut. While both have healthy qualities when incorporated wisely into your diet, coconut milk contains a higher content of fat (from 5% to 20%) and can come in various grades, from thick to thin.
Vita Coco Coconut Water is now widely available in four flavours: Natural Coconut Water, Coconut Water with Pineapple, with Orange and as a Lemonade.
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