What’s a Superfood and what makes Coconut a superfood?
While scrolling through the Instagram feed of a health enthusiast, you may have stumbled upon a breakfast bowl sprinkled with chia seeds, coconut shavings and other exotic sounding fruits and vegetables with captions that praise these superfoods. Which brings us to the question, what are superfoods and why do most yoga practitioners or health warriors swear by them?
There is no clear definition as to what a superfood is, but food that is teeming with large quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, good fats, enzymes and other nutrients known to give various health benefits, fits the bill. The important part about superfoods is that they elevate the nutritional value of your meal. Simply including these foods in your meals can energize you and make you feel great.
Let’s draw your attention to one such unsung hero – coconut. Bestowed with the superfood label, and rightly so, coconuts are a good source of fibre, containing vitamins and minerals like, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc along with saturated fat in the form of Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT).
The benefits of cooking with coconut oil especially Virgin Coconut oil are aplenty, mostly due to its MCT content, a healthy form of dietary fat that gets rapidly broken down and absorbed to provide multiple health benefits from weight management to being a quick source of energy and cognitive support. MCTs can also aid digestive health owing to their shorter chain length hence absorbing quickly in the body. This is of help to people with certain gastrointestinal problems. Virgin coconut oil may even be hailed as energy boosters because MCTs are rapidly digested for an instant release of energy, making them an efficient source of energy. So if you are into sports or any physical activity, this could be your go-to fuel.
So go online and grab a bottle of virgin coconut oil, coconut milk, sugar, desiccated coconut, coconut chips and spreads. Because we don’t have to tell you how to indulge in this powerful fruit, the possibilities are simply endless!