Health Benefits of Coconut
1) Fiber content
Coconuts are the best source of dietary fiber and provide almost 61% of fiber. Coconut fiber is healthy for your body as they slow down the release of glucose effectively and transports the glucose to the cells where it is then converted into energy. This process assists in relieving stress on the enzyme systems and pancreas.
2) Beneficial during pregnancy
Dry coconut is very useful during pregnancy as it helps in improving the immunity of the mother and baby. This helps them to prevent any infection and other diseases related to birth. The levels of amniotic fluid also get boosted which is good for the overall health of the fetus.
3) Fights bacteria
Monolaurin and lauric acid are present in Coconuts in an ample amount which helps to kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
4) Good for oral hygiene
Coconut will definitely help you to reduce bad breath, kill mouth bacteria and to improve your overall dental health.
5) Healthy bones and teeth
Those people who are lactose intolerant eating coconuts regularly is a healthy alternative. This not only supports the proper development of bones and teeth but improves the ability of the body to absorb manganese and calcium which aids bone development. Thus consumption of Dry coconut also prevents osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones becomes thin and fragile and also loses their density.
6) Controls diabetes
Coconut are good for Diabetics too as it helps in improving the insulin secretion and the blood glucose utilization. By positively affecting the hormones responsible for blood sugar it controls control diabetes. This helps to reduce glycemic cravings and slows down the rise in blood sugar level effectively. Other benefits of desiccated Coconut are quick digestion and treatment of other symptoms which deals with digestive and bowel disorders. Consumption of coconuts supports absorption of essential minerals and nutrients while providing dietary fiber.
Dry coconuts are definitely healthy for your skin and body organs. trans-zeatin, kinetin, and Cytokinins present in desiccated coconut have anti-ageing, antithrombotic and anti-carcinogenic effects on your body.
8) Immunity Booster
Dry Coconut nutrition in your food is excellent for your body’s immunity system. It is antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral and antifungal. Intake of coconut oil can definitely help your body to mount a resistance against urinary tract infection, tapeworms, throat infections, bronchitis, and various other ailments which are caused by microbes.
9)Treats abdominal fats
In the treatment of dangerous fats especially in the abdominal cavity, the Coconut is highly beneficial.
10) Fights cancer
In the prevention and cure of the world’s deadliest disease, Coconut nutrition can definitely help you. It has been already proven successfully that this fruit has anti-cancer properties. Especially in the treatment of colon and breast cancer this fruit is highly beneficial.
11) Nutritious and healthy
Freshwater of Coconut is always considered to be nutritious and healthier.But that doesn’t mean dry coconut has no value. The desiccated Coconut has the high nutritional value which can be easily observed in the beginning of this blog. It contains the following
• Vitamin E: 1% RDA
• Riboflavin: 2% RDA
• Vitamin B6: 4% RDA
• Selenium: 7% RDA
• Vitamin C: 1% RDA
• Iron: 5% RDA
• Copper: 11% RDA
12) Prevents urinary tract infection
The coconut contains a natural diuretic property for the treatment of urinary tract infections. It amazingly improves the flow of urine to prevent any type of infection naturally.
13) Improves blood cholesterol
Desiccated Coconut is useful to improve the blood cholesterol levels of your body and it also minimizes the risk of heart diseases. The coconut contains saturated fats which raise the good cholesterol and regulates LDL to a benign subtype. This type of improvement in your cardiovascular risk factors leads to reducing the risk of heart diseases.
How to Dry Coconut
And now welcome to this last and interesting section of this blog. We can easily get a Coconut having water but for seasoning and various other purposes, we require only to have the dried one. We are telling you two different ways to do that
1. By Dehydrating
1. Break the coconut with a hammer.
2. Open it up. Peel the white flesh out.
3. Using a cheese grater, grate the flesh.
4. Dehydrate the grated flesh for about 8 to 10 hours at 135 degrees F.
2. By Oven Drying
1. First, preheat the oven to 177 degrees C.
2. Then Drill the coconut through the eyes. You can use a mechanized tool too. And then extract the coconut water in a dish or cup.
3. Then place the empty coconut directly in the preheated oven. Heat it for 20 minutes.
4. Now remove the coconut from the oven and carefully wrap it up with a towel. Hit the coconut with a hammer gently and constantly, till it breaks.
5. Pry the flesh out using a strong knife
6. Reduce the oven temperature to 121 degrees C.
7. In a food processor, Shred the coconut flesh into pieces and spread them on a tray. Dry this plate having coconut pieces in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
8. Let cool. Use it all according to your need.