When I smell Coconuts I’m reminded of the beach; being a southern California girl would you expect anything else? However yesterday I cooked Talapia fish tacos, which I served on blue corn tortillas with cabbage, cheddar cheese and salsa. Not only did they look pretty-they tasted delicious! Since we ate only 6 tacos, we had more than a half head of cabbage left over and being a Fashionably Green chic- I didn’t want it to go to waste. So I grabbed a can of coconut milk to boil it in, borrowing from Jamaican cuisine; in Jamaican food they usually boil their vegetables in coconut water-but I only had the milk on hand. Lucky me, because I was pleasantly surprised with the best tasting green cabbage I have ever eaten! I am a big fan of boiled green cabbage, but lately only eat it around St Patrick’s day. However yesterday after draining the cabbage and seasoning it with only salt and pepper, I was delightfully treated to the best boiled cabbage I have ever tasted! Plus it didn’t even require any butter. Which got me to researching the benefits of coconut; and boy was it a fabulous ride. I googled the benefits of coconut milk and came across the Coconut Research Center’s website that dealt a wealth of information.
Some of the benefits associated with coconuts (as copied directly from this site: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/index.htm ) are:
- Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
- Helps protect against osteoporosis.
- Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
- Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
- Improves digestion and bowel function.
- Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
- Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
- Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
- Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
You’ll be even more amazed to learn that this is only a partial listing of the benefits listed on the Coconut Research Center’s website. Of course there are different Coconut products that can be consumed; and i’m not quite sure which product is good for what benefit; but if you make it a goal to eat several types of coconut: say coconut shavings, coconut milk, coconut oil or coconut juice, you will benefit greatly!
My favorite part about the CRC page is the fact that they have a link to a video of Dr. Oz talking about coconut oil (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-1 ) because I love his show!
Now that I know how delicious and buttery coconut milk makes vegetables taste, I will be boiling tons more in it! If your looking for a quick and delicious way to remove butter from your diet, look and feel good-I recommend experimenting with Coconuts! So go now and be coo-coo for coconuts!