Why Is It Called A Superfood?
Coconut, widely used in South India, is a blessing for all of us because of its significant health benefits. “As mentioned before, coconuts are called superfoods because of their immense composition of micro and macro nutrition found in them,” says Preeti. “Being a healthy fat, it is highly soothing and nourishing to our gut health, and hence, it allows the healthy optimum digestion of the nutrients found in food,” she adds. Nmami explains further, “Coconut has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It is good for skin, hair, weight management, good for bones, and keeps you hydrated. Plus, there are several ways you can consume a coconut- you can have coconut water, coconut meat, desiccated or shredded coconut or coconut oil. So many health benefits and versatility of consumption makes it a superfood!”
Some Not So Obvious Health Benefits
Want to get on the bandwagon for healthy, shiny teeth? Oil pulling is your answer. Made famous by Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, we were finally given a peek into her morning-routine which consisted of oil pulling while engaging in a fun bonding session with her upper. Our experts give their nod of approval to Sharma’s method. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. It has been used for thousands of years and is a traditional Indian folk remedy,” explains Nmami. “Oil pulling is an excellent way to start your day,” says Preeti. “It’s great for detoxifying your body and maintaining your oral health. I have been propagating this system for my clients for having optimum gut health. It helps in removing all the plague from the teeth, and toxins from the mouth. If done properly, it takes out the toxins from the respiratory system as well!”
How To Select And Store Coconuts
“Dried coconut must be stored in airtight containers and preferably in refrigerators during summer to preserve the healthy properties of the coconut oil that is present in the dried coconut. It will also help the coconut from getting stale or moistened. While fresh coconut must be stored in the fridge and if you make it into any recipe such as coconut chutney, or curry with coconut milk, it should be used quickly and not stored for the next day,” says Preeti.
Another interesting tip by Nmami while purchasing a coconut is to check for the signs of mould and cracking and wet areas around it. Also, one must ensure to shake a coconut before purchasing. When you shake it, you will hear the sound of its water. “More the sound, the more heaviness of the coconut makes it extremely new and fresh, on the other hand, if it has no water in it, it means that is has gone bad and is not fit for consumption,” she says. Storing coconut water for 1-2 days is never a good idea, and consuming it after 2-3 days can create digestive issues as well. Coconut flesh can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for the 2-3 days to reap the maximum benefits. “You can use desiccated coconut over your meals and use it in your smoothies to get the nutrient benefits while also adding to its taste!” Yummy!