Coconut…The Why — January 29, 2021

Coconut…The Why

 

Calories…One half cup coconut…or a piece of fresh coconut meat measuring 2″ x 2″ x 1/2″…contains about 350 calories. Protein…1/2C or a 2″ cube of coconut meat contains 1.5 grams protein. Carbs…1/2C or a 2″ cube of coconut meat contains about fifteen grams carbohydrates. Fiber…1/2C or a 2″ cube of coconut meat contains four grams of fiber.

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Fat

One-half cup or a 2″ cube of coconut contains about fifteen grams of total fat—13.4g saturated fat…0.64g monounsaturated fat…and a smaller amount of polyunsaturated fat—meaning that coconut is not one of the healthiest fruits out there.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting your fat intake to a total of 78 grams per day…of which no more than sixteen of these grams being saturated fat… Which means that coconut is not actually healthy for you if you are concerned about your fat intake.

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Vitamins

  • Coconut is not a significant source of vitamins, but is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins—vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin.

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Minerals

  • Manganese…A single serving of coconut meat provides 34% of the daily value for manganese, a mineral that helps your body maintain a healthy brain, nervous system, healthy bones, and immune function.
  • Copper…A single serving of coconut meat provides 10% of the daily value for copper, a mineral that helps form red blood cells.
  • Selenium…A single serving of coconut meat contains 6% of the daily value for selenium, an important antioxidant that protects your cells.
  • Iron…A single serving of coconut meat contains 2mg…11% of the daily value…of iron, a mineral that helps form red blood cells and also helps regulate your heartbeat.
  • Potassium…A single serving of coconut meat contains 356 mg…7.5% of daily value…of potassium.

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Antioxidants

Coconut contains antioxidants—including gallic acid, caffeic acid, salicylic acid, and p-coumaric acid—which may help protect cells from damage and death caused by oxidative stress and chemotherapy….and may also reduce your disease risk.
Cuckoo Over Coconuts — January 22, 2021

Cuckoo Over Coconuts

 

When you think of tropical fruit, one of the first things that comes into mind is the coconut…one of the most important crops of the tropics.

 

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The Tree

Coconut trees can grow up to almost one hundred feet tall with leaves that can be as long as twenty feet each.

Coconut trees can typically be found anywhere along the coast…wherever the average daily temperature stays above 55°F and the average annual rainfall is above 40 inches.

Each tree can yield as many as a hundred actual coconuts, but most trees grow about fifty.

 

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The Fruit

Your typical coconut is an oval shape that is about fifteen inches long and seven inches round…weighing about three pounds…with a hard shell containing both coconut meat and liquid.

 

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More Facts

The name coconut comes from the Spanish word coco, which means ‘head’ or ‘skull.’ The coconut probably got this name from the fact that the coconut looks like a face…with three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facaaial features.

There are several varieties of coconut…which you probably wouldn’t know if you walk into your typical grocery store.

These include the Maypan coconut, the King coconut, and Macapuno….each varying in such factors as taste of the coconut water, color of the fruit. For more about the different types of coconut, check out this article by Home Stratosphere.