Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) belongs to the Arecaceae botanical family of perennial lianas, shrubs, and trees (palm trees), which grow in abundance in Southern Asia, Polynesia and Malaysia.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and offer high levels of Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Iron, Calcium, sodium and Magnesium. They are also a rich source of fibre, as well as Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C, and Antioxidant rich Vitamin E. One of the Coconut's most important aspects is that it provides medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), such as lauric acid. The Body converts lauric acid into an antiviral and antibacterial compound called monolaurin, which helps fight diseases.
Coconut has a number of culinary uses and can be used in fresh or dried forms when cooking or baking. For example, unrefined Coconut Oil can be used in all types of cooking, whether it be baking, roasting, frying or simply using it as a spread. Coconut Flour is a healthy, Gluten Free alternative to regular flour which can be used to replace up to twenty percent of flour called for in a low-carb baked recipe.
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