The Goodness of Coconut Water and Coconut Oil

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Coconut water is nature's sports drink, rich in potassium (about 600 milligrams per 235 ml cup) and energy producing carbohydrates (about 9 grams 235 ml per cup). Researchers have found that coconut water is just as effective as traditional sports drinks in maintaining hydration status and promoting recovery between exercise sessions. In addition, coconut water appears to have antioxidant properties that may help neutralize free radicals produced from high intensity or endurance training. Another bonus: This super drink is free of the artificial colours, flavours and preservatives found in most commercial sports drinks - chemicals your body can do without!

Coconut oil is an excellent source of lauric and other fatty acids, which appear to support the immune system and have antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial properties. Internally, they work to inactivate a number of pathogenic organisms like Helicobacter pylori, stomach bacteria that may cause ulcers, and other harmful intestinal bacteria. And unlike traditional antibiotics that destroy both the good and bad bacteria in the gut, the fatty acids in coconut oil seem to get rid of harmful bacteria while preserving the colonies of beneficial bacteria your body needs for optimal digestion, nutrient absorption and immune function. 

MYTH: Eating fat makes you fat. 

In a 2009 study, researchers looked at the effects of supplementing a reduced calorie diet with 2 tbsp./30 ml of coconut oil in forty women aged 20-40 yrs. After 12 weeks, they found that they reduced their waist circumference as compared to the group that wasn't taking the coconut oil.

Susan Arruda