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Top 10 Healthiest Foods - Coconut Oil and Coconut

Healthy Coconut Recipes Using Coconut OilWhen educating a client on my “Top 10” Healthiest  Foods, I find that many are surprised and dismayed to hear that coconut oil is way at the top of my list.        

The criteria I use for selecting these foods considers the various foods’ potential for toxicity, their nutritional value, and their potential for aiding in disease prevention.  

How the foods complement one another in providing a variety of nutrients, and whether they were adequate sources of hydration, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals were also taken into consideration. 

Why is Coconut/Coconut Oil so Healthy?

Studies from the 1960s and 1970s show that Asians and Pacific Islanders whose diets were rich in coconut oil were substantially free of cardiovascular disease despite consuming from 35 to 60 percent of their calories from saturated fat. 

Among the Pukapuka and Tokelau Islanders, atherosclerosis, heart disease, colon cancer, kidney disease and high serum cholesterol were virtually unknown.  The people were found to be lean and healthy.   One-half cup of shredded coconut meat provides 4 grams of fiber, 142 mg of potassium, 13 mg of magnesium, fewer than 3 grams of sugar and 13 grams of healthy medium-chain fatty acids.

These saturated fatty acids are very stable at a wide range of temperatures which prevents rancidity, and they are mostly comprised of healthy lauric acid (a major component of mothers’ milk), capric acid (which fights yeast overgrowth), and caprilic acid.  

According to Mary Enig, Ph.D., the world’s preeminent lipids authority, these fatty acids work to kill lipid encapsulated viruses and bacteria too, including many sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia and AIDS.  Therapeutically, they have shown value in the treatment of cachexia (wasting, secondary to cancer) and childhood epilepsy.

What is the fastest way to improve your diet?

The fastest, easiest way to improve your diet is to begin adding good foods and beverages to what you already eat.  Think of it!  If all you do is add enough really good foods and beverages to your diet, eventually you will have added so many good things that they begin to edge out the bad things.  How easy is that!?

So, consider adding healthy coconut oil and other coconut products (fresh or flaked coconut, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut flour & coconut water) to your diet and begin your journey to a new healthier you today!

  • Stir virgin coconut oil into your morning oatmeal
  • Add it to the water you cook your rice in
  • Use it instead of unhealthy margarine or sugary spreads on morning toast
  • Flavor coffee or tea with a spoon of healthy natural coconut cream

Have a REAL sweet tooth??? Why not try the yummy coconut macaroon recipe below:

Healthy Coconut Macaroon Recipe
Healthy Snack Recipe - Coconut Macaroon, photo credit Elana's Pantry

  • 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil (use this to grease a cookie sheet) 
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 whole egg

To prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix warm water and honey together. 
  3. Add the coconut flakes. 
  4. Beat in the egg, mixing thoroughly. 
  5. Form mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and drop them by the spoonful onto a well greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes.

Yield: Approximately 1 dozen Macaroon cookies

This macaroon recipe is not overly sweet tasting and if sweetness is missed, sweetened coconut flakes can be substituted. But I love them just as they are! They are soft and chewy, and far healthier than cookie recipes that call for flour, salt and other dubious ingredients. And they're gluten free, too! When you have a real craving for a little something sweet, these macaroons offer a truly healthy alternative!

13 Comments to Top 10 Healthiest Foods - Coconut Oil and Coconut :

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janet b. landry on Monday, April 30, 2012 6:46 AM
macaroons, my absolute FAVORITE dessert in the whole world!
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Maria H. Blanco on Monday, April 30, 2012 7:53 AM
Wow! What a wonderful surprise to see you here! **big hugs** I love homemade coconut macaroons, too. I hope you take some time this week and treat yourself to some! xoxoxo

Melvin Freddy on Saturday, September 08, 2012 3:52 AM
By reading out this post my knowledge has been enriched about the way to improve my diet. I'm by knowing that how coconut is significant for us. You will be glad to know that I've a big coconut garden and that's why I will able to get full benefits from coconut. Thanks
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Andy on Saturday, September 29, 2012 1:45 AM
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acer aspire 5742 series blu-ray drive on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:10 PM
What an excellent resource for healthy living! I love your blog and will return often. I have been using organic coconut oil for a couple of years for personal skin care. It is also the best natural lubricant I've ever found. After reading that Polynesians used it in this way for more than a century, I found comfort in trying something so natural (and it smells so good) for the health of our skin.
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Pharmacy Supplies on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 2:57 AM
I like coconut and its too delicious to eat. Thank you so much for sharing Coconut Macaroon Recipe, I will definitely try it.
Reply to comment on Friday, January 11, 2013 1:48 AM
However, most ingested cholesterol is esterified and esterified cholesterol is poorly absorbed. The body also compensates for any absorption of additional cholesterol by reducing cholesterol synthesis. Thanks.
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Alex Malik on Friday, January 25, 2013 1:05 AM
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