London: Coconut has many nutritional benefits and now it has been revealed that this super food can help in curing various medical problems.
Coconut water is a highly hydrating fluid. It has less sugar than fruit juices and more minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium that can boost up your energy levels. Coconut oil can be used for roasting and baking and has less cholesterol.
Coconut sugar can be used instead of sugar in baking. It may be a healthier alternative to traditional granulated sugar; however it is still an energy-dense food-type which should only be used on special occasions.
Coconut yoghurt is a fairly new dairy-free alternative, great for those who are lactose-intolerant and who fancy a change from the soya varieties. It is much higher in fat than both natural dairy yoghurt and soya yoghurts, but also much lower in carbohydrates.
Fresh coconut flesh is delicious, full of vitamins and minerals and goes really well in a smoothie. Enjoy as a snack but go easy on your portion sizes - a typical snack pack (100g) of fresh coconut pieces contains 271 kcal compared to just 50 kcal in a 100g fresh fruit pot.