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coconut oil uses

Updated on October 19, 2013

Coconut belongs to the Palm family. It is grown around the world in lowlands, tropical and subtropical habitats. However, coastal areas provide the best habitats.

The story behind the origin of coconut continues to be in dark. Few claim it is native to south Asia, while others declare its origin is in northwestern South America. However, fossil records from New Zealand attract our attention to the fact that small, coconut-like plants were widespread there as long as 15 million years ago.

Coconut has a wid variety of health benefits, apart from adding to the cuisine, particularly for indians that too south indian food is prolific in coconut usage.

Coconut oil is also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, lauric acid -- which is known as anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal, throid sufferers use it as it increase body metabolism, and to lose weight. Virgin coconut oil is used for making natural soaps and other health products.

Best to be applied on skin because it reduces bacterial and fungal infections, improve digestion by helping nutrient absorption, regulates blood sugar levels.

Coconut water can be used as an intravenous fluid, and in isotonic sports drinks.

Because of high level of saturated fat in coconut oil, it was considered a health hazard in the US. however things are different now, with large number of studies proving that not all saturated fats are alike and that the fatty acids in virgin coconut oil in no way raise serum cholesterol or contribute to heart disease, in fact are very healthy. However, hydrogenated coconut oil, which has been altered from its original form, is dangerous for health. The more the production of coconut, the more the production of coconut oil.

The medical community world over is now recognizing coconut oil as a functional food, and tool against immune diseases.

Pure coconut oil has an incredible nutritional value and is very much health friendly.

India, this year, has emerged as the leading producer of coconuts, followed by Indonesia and the Phillippines. Thanks to better rain, effective pesticides, and modern cultivation methods, the production and productivity of coconut this season grew by bounds in the country.

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      ratnaveera 9 years ago from Cumbum

      Dear Neet, Thank you very much for presenting a wonderful Hub about coconut oil ! All the points you have given are very informative !