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Behold the coconut, one of Mother Nature's sweetest tropical fruits (or nut or seed, depending on who you ask.)
Scientists and foodologists aren't entirely sure where coconuts came from, and when, but their best guess is that coconuts are a variety of prehistoric plant that originated in the South Pacific - most likely in New Guinea.
Reportedly, sailors aboard Vasco de Gama's fleet dubbed the fruit with the name "coco" - sailor lingo for a hobgoblin-like, grimacing face. When "cocos" were brought back and introduced in England, the locals added the term "nut" to coco, giving it the name still widely in use today.
The inside meat of a coconut is considered by nutritionists to be abundant with protein, while the milk inside the coconut is light, refreshing with a low sugar level. Besides being a South Pacific food staple, coconuts have other uses as well. For example, natives have used coconuts as an insect repellent (mosquitoes hate the smell and haze of a burning coconut husk.)
Perhaps the most useful ingredient inside a coconut is the oil, which health-food advocates say contributes to higher energy levels and a stronger metabolism. In fact, coconut oil's benefits (and some risks) have become a hot topic in health and nutrition circles, as more and more people turn to coconut oil to better their wellness habits.
Are they on to something? Here's a deep dive on coconut oil, and what it brings to the table for you.
What Is Coconut Oil?
In a word, coconut oil is a body-friendly foodstuff that is heart-healthy, great for oral health, and other health benefits. Structurally, coconut oil is taken from coconut kernels. It's tasteless and colorless, and is available for consumer usage in refined and unrefined coconut oil.
Advocates call the coconut a "superfood", but the evidence doesn't completely support that name tag - at least not yet.
Composite-wise, coconut oil contains a cornucopia of fatty acids and proteins that hold antioxidants and provide myriad health benefits. It's rich in so-called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA's), which are, in great part, comprised of Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid.
Approximately 60% of all coconut oils are comprised of the above three fatty acids, while 90% of coconut oil fats is comprised of heart-healthy saturated fats. The latter figure is a high one, and not one that is recommendable to many doctors. For example, 14% of olive oil calories come from saturated fat, and 63% of butter's calories come from saturated fat.
As a rule, nutritionists love MCFA's, noting that, among other advantages, they're easily digestible and since they're processed by the liver, MCFA's are more effectively and quickly converted to energy, and not fat, inside the body.
Coconut Oil Nutritional Facts
Here is how coconut oil is broken down, nutritionally (based on one tablespoon of coconut oil.)
- 120 calories
- 0 grams of protein
- 14 grams of fat (12 = saturated fat; 1 = monounsaturated fat; and 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fats.)
- 0 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol
It's worth noting that, component-wise, coconut oils often differ in their make-up, and differ in their health benefits.
For example, partially hydrogenated coconut oil isn't deemed as healthy by nutritionists - it's similar as other processed oils that hold trans fats. Yet so-called "virgin" coconut oil comes from fruit component of coconuts, and is extracted without the use of chemicals or other foreign agents. Thus, nutritionists look more favorably on virgin coconut oil. That is what Home Baked Group uses!