Five years ago, poor coconuts didn’t get much attention. You could break into their shells and drink coconut water on island resorts, but that was about it. Otherwise, they were largely banished to being a mere scent in cheap-o supermarket bodywashes. Or they were shredded and used for dusting lamingtons and creating coconut ice.
Nowadays? You can’t go anywhere without being confronted by the latest coconut superproduct to hit the shelves. Coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut butter, coconut milk – coconuts are taking over the supermarkets and the health food shops.
I already know that some of you are fully-fledged coconut converts. But I also know that a lot of you must be sitting at home, genuinely wondering what all the fuss is about, and wishing that a tastier item was all the rage right now. Like pineapples. Delish.
In summary, the jury is still out on a lot of coconut-related items. While some have practically taken on coconuts as their new religion, others seriously doubt the true benefits involved.
Here’s what you need to know about the supposedly ‘healthiest’ coconut products…
1. Coconut water
I’m just going to put it out there: coconut water is not tasty. At all. I personally cannot cope with it unless it’s combined with pineapple juice (see aforementioned point about pineapples being delicious).
But hey, who am I to talk, because coconut water is the drink of choice for celebrities such as Lara Bingle, Madonna and Matthew McConaughey, as well as what seems like most of the general population of Sydney.
So here’s the deal: coconut water contains carbohydrates, in the form of natural electrolytes. So, the same thing you find in sports drinks – however, coconut water has far fewer calories, as well as less sodium, plus potassium, zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese… the list goes on.
Apparently it’s also good for your skin, and other claimed benefits such as improved blood circulation, blood pressure and digestive or urinary problems.
If you’re equally not keen on the taste, there are plenty of recipes out there for drinks and soups incorporating coconut water. It’s also a good option to add into green smoothies, if you’re a fan of them.