The Mighty Coconut

The Mighty Coconut

In our first recipe, we kicked off the proceedings with a simple Raw Coconut Oil Chocolate. The coconut oil replaces cacao butter to give you a slightly richer flavour profile. But, why use coconut oil in chocolate? Because of the health benefits, of course!

Coconuts in Bali.

Coconuts in Bali.

Coconut Oil has a huge array of nutritious properties. The high percentage of saturated fat (approx. 80%) may freak you out and leave you thinking that any excess not used in energy production will be stored in unforgiving places but the saturated fat in Coconut Oil is the good kind. It’s made of ‘medium-chain’ fatty acids, which are not easily stored as fat.

The word Superfood fits perfectly with Coconuts! Virtually the whole tree is used including the roots, leaves, flowers, bark, husk, shell, water, seed, and fruit to produce a variety of products. Grown in the tropics, the Philippines have labelled it the ‘tree of life’ and in Thai cuisine, the coconut can be found in almost all national dishes.

In Bali, coconuts grow abundantly, so it’s not surprising they are believed to have spiritual cleansing powers and used in purification ceremonies. Coconut leaves are an integral part of Balinese religious life. Many offerings to the Hindu gods and ceremonial structures are beautifully crafted using coconut leaves.

Balinese offerings made from dried coconut leaves. 

Balinese offerings made from dried coconut leaves. 

Here are our top 5 benefits of coconut oil:

  1. Immune System Booster: Because it’s antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial (due to lauric acid) it is great at warding off unwelcome bacteria and viruses.
  2. Energy and Endurance: Coconut oil is easy to digest so it yields an easier to digest and longer sustained energy. As a bonus, it also increases your metabolism. Medium chain fatty acids are sent directly to the liver and converted into energy asap to get you up and moving.
  3. Digestive Aid: Coconut oil improves digestion, increases fat burning, and helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. And those anti-bacterial properties we mentioned earlier also keep bad bacteria in the gut from mixing in with the good bacteria.
  4. Good Cholesterol: Coconut contains natural saturated fats that increase the good HDL cholesterol in your body, meaning it naturally lowers the bad. All things in moderation though!
  5. Skin is In: Coconut oil contains lots of antioxidants and as such, does wonders as a face cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. The fatty acids in coconut oil reduce internal and external inflammation, leaving the skin supple and moisturized.  

When sourcing your own coconut oil, always do your best to get an organic oil that is labelled either “virgin” or “extra virgin.” If you can find it, cold-pressed is best as this method of extraction ensures the coconut oil will retain as many of its health benefits as possible.

Our favorite way to enjoy coconuts: coconut water fresh from the tree!

Our favorite way to enjoy coconuts: coconut water fresh from the tree!