Coconuts are the seeds of the coconut palm tree and considered a type of nut (actually a drupe). The "meat" of the coconut is high in protein; whereas the milk is refreshing, light and low in sugar.
Coconuts are good fuel for the body, but did you know that it's also a planet-friendly fuel for machinery? Biodiesel has been making the rounds as a fossil fuel alternative, and coconut trees happen to be one of the plants that can produce oil in workable quantities. Not only that, but coconuts can perform multiple roles: as a base substance, an additive, or a direct substitute for petroleum diesel.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise—the earliest diesel engines ran on peanut oil.
Coconut oils contain median chain triglycerides which are easy to digest. The oil is source of energy and has an accelerating effect on the metabolism.
Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, that help the development of many organisms. Coconut water is considered the "father of modern tissue culture science".
Palm trees are dangerous for humans to climb, and it can be awkward trying to wrench a 10-pound coconut free while holding on for dear life. That's why coconut farmers have enlisted some simian specialists to do the dirty work for them.
In tropical countries like Sumatra, farmers train monkeys to harvest their coconuts. Most farmers control the beasts with a long leash, but some monkeys are so well-trained they respond to their owner's voice. These animals are in such high demand that they can fetch quite the penny.
In a healthy, undamaged coconut, the water is even sterile. During World War II, coconut water was used intravenously to treat patients suffering from blood loss when blood plasma was not available.
They say that the sailors aboard Vasco de Gama's ships gave the coconut its name. They called it "Coco" because the three holes on the coconut looked like a grimacing face or hobgoblin. "Coco" means "laughing face," or "grimace". When the "coco" came to England, the suffix of nut was added and that's how the name came about.
Contained in young coconuts, coconut water is rich in vitamins, mineral salts and other nutrients, which make it an ideal natural drink – of growing popularity - for those who practise sports or just need to rehydrate. It is also good for the circulation and digestion, as well as protecting the cardiovascular and immune systems. Invaluable during pregnancy, it helps maintain amniotic fluid volumes.
Coconuts can float for long distances across the ocean and then put down roots again when they are washed ashore. There are reports that individual coconuts have even reached Scandinavia.
Coconut oil reduces the calorie intake of rice by 50-60%. This amazing finding has emerged from a survey carried out recently by the College of Chemical Sciences in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Just add a spoonful of coconut oil when cooking the rice and leave it to rest 12 hours before serving. This method actually increases the concentration of resistant starch, the part that normally escapes digestion in the small intestine and turns into glucose.
Have you ever tried "coconut vodka"? In the Philippines, sap from an unopened coconut flower is distilled into a potent drink called lambanog. It's powerful stuff (easily 80 to 90 proof) but is organic and free from additives..
Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year – ten times the number of people killed by sharks.
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