One of our all time favorite ways to get in our healthy fats is by enjoying some coconut! We love putting shredded coconut on top of our Greek yogurt or smoothies, using coconut milk in our coffee ☕instead of cream or sautéing our veggies in coconut oil to name a few options.
Here are 3 Benefits of Eating Coconut and Coconut Oil (milk included!):
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut has almost 4 grams of fiber, 142 grams of potassium, less than 3 grams of sugar and 13 grams of the most heart healthy fat in the world.
- The fats in coconut are mainly medium chain triglycerides, which make them easier to metabolize and therefore they are preferentially used for energy rather than stored as fat.
- Fifty perfect of the fat in coconut is a particular fat called lauric acid, an antiviral and antibacterial which boosts the immune system.
Coconut can be used in so many ways, and there are a host of beauty applications of this incredible fruit as well (makeup remover, moisturizer, hair conditioner, etc). Google search it to learn even more!! We go totally coo coo for coconuts!!
(Source: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS)