*After years as a high-fat villain, coconut has a new, virtuous reputation and a versatility that’s got us hooked!
Once upon a time, coconut was considered a ticket to high cholesterol and heart disease. But recently, it’s taken a cue from the avocado, morphing into a health food-store staple that’s touted as a healing super food for everything from diabetes to Alzheimer’s to- you guessed it- high cholesterol. How did that happen?
The products have changed. The virgin coconut oil in stores now, for example, has healthier makeup than the processed oil used in early studies. Also at work: the discovery that not all saturated fats are created equal. “Coconut fat consists mostly of medium-chain fatty acids, which aren’t stored in the liver like other fats,” says Celine Beitchman, nutrition counselor at the Natural Gourmet Institute. “They’re used for immediate energy and help our bodies burn calories.”
More research must be done to determine if the loftiest claims are true. But there’s no denying the sweet and nutty flavors of the myriad coconut products!
Does your hair need a boost? Take a look at a great product using coconut oil that will leave you with smooth silky hair!
Pure Fiji Products ( click on our links for ordering)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Discover the South Pacific’s secret for beautiful hair with this ultra nourishing shampoo and conditioner. Exotic blends of coconut crème and island drift-nut extracts, fortified with soy and wheat proteins, helps repair damage and improves resilience – restoring bounce and shine for healthy looking hair. Sulphate free.
For centuries Pacific Islanders have used a blend of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and exotic nut extracts to moisturize, nourish and protect both scalp and hair. Modern scientific studies have shown that regular use not only nourishes hair, but also strengthens and protects – dramatically reducing protein loss and damage during styling and coloring. Additionally, natural anti-fungal and anti-histamines in this sacred oil blend naturally to combat common scalp complaints such as dandruff and psoriasis. Massage gently into scalp and distribute to ends of hair. Allow to stay on overnight before washing with Pure Fiji Shampoo and Conditioner for a healthier scalp and nourished, revitalized hair.
Need a boost after a workout? Try a Zico Pure Coconut Water to feel refreshed!
THE POWER OF ZICO
Oomph doesn’t come in a can; it comes from coconuts. ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, to be exact. ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water contains 5 electrolytes: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. These work together to help keep your body hydrated which can help it perform at its best. A bottle of ZICO also contains as much potassium as a banana, which can help prevent cramping. Plus, ZICO is gluten-free, lactose-free and dairy-free. Whether you drink ZICO before a big meeting or after a hard workout, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water is full of natural Oomph — and it’s all from coconuts.
Try a Classic:
Prep: 15 minutes plus cooling
Bake: 20 minutes
1 pkg. (14 oz.) BAKERS ANGEL FLAKE coconut (5-1/3 cups)
¼ tsp. salt
4 egg whites
1 tsp. almond extract
2/3 cup sugar
MIX coconut, sugar, flour, and salt in large bowl. Stir in egg whites and almond extract until well blended. Drop by tablespoons onto greased and floured cookie sheets.
BAKE at 325° for 20 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to wire racks. Cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen or 18 servings, 2 cookies each.
Article reprinted from: “A Good Nut to Crack”, BONAPPETIT.COM, October 2013.