Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history. Known as the "tree of life," the wonderful fruit of the coconut palm is rich in specific fats that have incredible health benefits. Traditional tropical populations that consume a lot of coconut oil are seldom overweight, and traditionally have been free from the modern diseases that afflict most western cultures.
In the past coconut was believed to be unhealthy due to it's high saturated fat content. However, it has now been proven that fat contained in coconut is unlike any other fat on Earth and has high nutritional value. Why is Coconut fat different? Coconut has a unique fat molecule; this is what makes this fat different from most fats we consume. The Coconut Research Center explains, "The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are LCFA." Coconut is known to have MCFA or medium-chain fatty acids, also referred to as MCT or medium-chain triglycerides. MCFA are metabolized by the human body differently because of their size; unlike the saturated and unsaturated fats in vegetable oils, eggs, milk and meats, which contain LCFA, coconut is a rare dietary source of MCFA and therefore highly beneficial to the body and overall health. Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.
The presence of lauric acid in coconut is another reason it is known for having super nutritional value. Lauric acid is a fatty acid found in human breast milk. The article, How a PR Campaign Led to Unhealthy Diets by Beatrice Trum Hunter, published in the August 2003 issue of Consumer's Research, volume 86 no. 8, states, "researchers demonstrated that coconut fat reduces the risk of degenerative conditions. It helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, as a result of its antimicrobial component, lauric acid, which is found solely in coconut fat and in breast milk."
Our organic raw shredded coconut is a wonderful treat and chock full of goodness. We low temperature dry it to preserve all the naturally occurring enzymes, nutrients and flavor. Unsweetened, unadulterated and never any preservatives. Guaranteed Delicious!
Some possible benefits of our raw organic Shredded Coconut may include:
● Improving digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, & amino acids
● Promoting healthy weight loss
● Supporting your immune system health
● Boosting energy & endurance
● Expelling or killing tapeworms, lice, giardia, & other parasites
● Providing you with an immediate energy source
● Supporting tissue healing & repair
● Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
● Improving insulin secretion & utilization of blood glucose
● Relieving stress on pancreas & enzyme systems of the body
● Reducing symptoms associated with pancreatitis
● Helping relieve symptoms & reduce health risks associated with diabetes
● Reducing problems associated with malabsorption syndrome & cystic fibrosis
● Improves calcium & magnesium absorption & supports the development of strong bones & teeth
● Helping protect against osteoporosis
● Helping relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease
● Relieving symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, & stomach ulcers
● Improving digestion & bowel function
● Relieving pain & irritation caused by hemorrhoids
● Reducing inflammation
● Supporting & aiding immune system function
● Heart healthy; improving cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease
● Protecting arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis & thus protects against heart disease
● Helping prevent periodontal disease & tooth decay
● Functioning as a protective antioxidant
● Helping to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging & degenerative disease
● Improving utilization of essential fatty acids & protects them from oxidation
● Helping to relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome
● Relieving symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement)
● Reducing epileptic seizures
● Helping to protect against kidney disease & bladder infections
● Dissolving kidney stones
● Helping protect against liver problems
● Lower in calories than all other fats
● Helping protect the body from breast, colon, & other cancers
● Promoting loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate
● Helping prevent obesity and overweight problems
● Reducing symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, & dermatitis
● Supporting the natural chemical balance of the skin
● Softening skin & helping to relieve dryness & flaking
● Reducing wrinkles, sagging skin, & age spots
● Promoting healthy looking hair & complexion
● Providing protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun
● Helping control dandruff
● No harmful or discomforting side effects
● Completely non-toxic to humans
The tiny flakes are what professional bakers call "macaroon" cut because they are perfect for coconut macaroons.
Suggested Uses: Add to recipes, use as a garnish, sprinkle on ice cream or dessert dishes.
Botanical Name: Cocos nucifera
Other Names: coconut palm, iru, Niu, niyog, Nizok
Ingredients: Raw Organic Shredded Coconut.
Origin: Mexico - Certified Organic
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Raw Shredded Coconut is Certified Organic and passes our strict quality assurance which includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Organic Raw Shredded Coconut packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your raw Organic Shredded Coconut in a cool, dark, dry place.
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