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50 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think: #23 - Coconuts

Friday, November 30, 2012

From pasta and cheese to mayo and beer, asked nutrition experts to share what some may consider as unhealthy foods that may actually be better for the body than we realize. Read on for the good news from


Rich in antioxidants similar to those in berries, grapes and dark chocolate, coconuts are a nutritional powerhouse, Sass says. And while coconuts (and the oil they contain) are rich in fat, it’s a fat that is beneficial to the body. “It’s been shown to help reduce waist circumference, boost ‘good’ HDL cholesterol (which helps clear cholesterol deposits from arteries) and lower ‘bad’ LDL (which ups heart disease risk),” says Sass.

Some interesting coconut trivia thanks to

- The coconut most likely originated somewhere around New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean, but long ago became distributed throughout the Pacific from Southeast Asia to Africa. It may have reached the Pacific coast of Central or South America before Columbus reached America, but was introduced to the Caribbean from Africa by Europeans.

Note: There are some botanists who believe that the coconut originated in the American tropics. There is no definitive proof for either origin.

- Near Port Royal, Jamaica a stone monument on the Palisadoes commemorates the planting of the first coconut tree on the island on March 4, 1869 by John Norton, the Superintendent of the General Penitentiary. Over the next 20 years, 20,000 coconut trees had been planted. Disease eventually destroyed all of the Palisadoes coconut trees.
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- Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year - 10 times the number of people killed by sharks.

- Coconut oil was the world's leading vegetable oil until soybean oil took over in the 1960s.

- There are more than 20 billion coconuts produced each year.

- Coconut juice or coconut water is the liquid inside a coconut. Coconut milk is produced by steeping grated coconut in hot water then straining; coconut cream is coconut milk cooked down until it thickens, or grated coconut steeped in hot milk instead of water.

- One cup of unsweetened shredded coconut has about 25 grams fat and 280 calories.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/1/2012 12:58AM

    For the past few months I've been buying coconuts at the supermarket. I love eating them.

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DEE107 12/1/2012 12:20AM

    thanks for sharing this

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FISHINGLADY66 11/30/2012 8:38AM

    Yum Yum Coconut. emoticon

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JOANNS4 11/30/2012 8:25AM

    Very interesting information. I like coconut. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/30/2012 8:01AM

I don't like any coconut flavored things but I do like fresh coconut but rarely get the opportunity to eat it.
Who knew 'Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year - 10 times the number of people killed by sharks. '???

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GABY1948 11/30/2012 6:49AM

    I have a friend that lives in Costa Rica and have been learning from her how great cocoanut is for us! Thanks for all the great information!

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NELLJONES 11/30/2012 6:30AM

    I only like fresh coconut. Thank goodness for Asian markets which have them fresh year round!

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PAMNANGEL 11/30/2012 2:40AM

    I use coconut oil to prepare meals and I put a spoonful over my grandmothers food. Since I started doing this I've seen an noticable improvement in my grandmothers dementia.

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/30/2012 12:47AM

    I am so happy to hear this as I LOVE conconut!! I am going to use it more!

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DEELB1 11/30/2012 12:25AM

  emoticon emoticon I use it BUT will use it more now!

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