Five Interesting Facts About Coconuts

coconut2People like to eat coconuts and eat them in their raw form, in candy, and drink the milk or water that comes from within them.  They grow on palm trees and are readily available through most of the world.  The coconut is an amazing food that has a long history of being a healthy plant for the human body.  Here are five things you may not have known about this nutty plant.

number1Where did the Coconut come from?
Coconuts are a prehistoric plant that scientists believe either came from the South Pacific around what is now New Guinea.  Because of their water resistance, coconuts were able to stay afloat over the ocean. They can be found all over the Pacific, the Indian Ocean regions and Africa. In later years, sailors and explorers spread the growth of coconuts even farther by taking the seed (yes, it is a seed – not a fruit or a nut) with them for food.

number2How did the Coconut get its name?
The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name.  They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.  The brown, hairy husk and three face-like dimples made them think the seed looked like a sort of spirit.  When the “coco” came to England, the suffix of nut was added and that’s how the name came about.

number3Isn’t Coconut oil bad for the heart?
No.  Coconut oils contain MCTs, a median chain triglycerides which are easy to digest.  The oil is source of energy and has an accelerating effect on the metabolism. Even though many suggest that the oils aid in heart disease, this is misinformation propagated by other oil lobbiests.  Palm and coconut oils are very healthy and good for your heart.

number4What else can Coconut oils do?
Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, called cytokinins, and three sets of chromosomes – or triploids – that help the development of many organisms.  Coconut water is considered the “father of modern tissue culture science”. Currently, research is being done to see if coconut can be used in hair regrowth and anti-aging cosmetics.

number5And now something amazing about Coconuts!
Coconut water can be used as a plasma extender (universal donor).  The water from the coconut has traditionally been used when commercial IV solutions of plasma have not been available.  This is often used in third world countries and was used extensively during World War Two in the South Pacific where the coconut was readily available.  There are also published findings that show coconut water being used in kidney dialysis and dissolving kidney stones.