13 Amazing Facts About Coconut You Shouldn’t Miss

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Coconut trees belong to the plant family known as Arecaceae and are the only species of the genus Cocos. They can grow up to 30 meters high. Coconuts are the seeds of the coconut palm tree and considered a type of nut. The “meat” of the coconut is high in protein; whereas the milk is refreshing, light and low in sugar. All parts of the tree are useful. That is why it is referred to as a versatile tree. Some of you like the fruit but have little to no idea of what the coconut is capable of, where it got its name from, its nutritional and health benefits and so on. INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you answers to these and more in this piece…

– It is commonly believed that the name “coconut” was given by Portuguese sailors in the 16th century because the three holes on the coconut looked like a human face. “Coco” means “laughing face,” or “grimace.” The English word “nut” was only added later on.

– At full capacity, the coconut palm bears fruit for 15 to 60 years, but under ideal conditions fruit production can last for up to 80 years. The maximum age of the coconut palm is between 100 and 120 years.

– Coconuts are good fuel for the body, but did you know that it’s also a planet-friendly fuel for machinery? Biodiesel has been making the rounds as a fossil fuel alternative, and coconut trees happen to be one of the plants that can produce oil in workable quantities.

– There are over 1,300 types of coconut, which can all be traced back to one of two genetic origins from either the Pacific or the Indian Ocean.

– Coconut water is a workable short-term substitute for human blood plasma and was positively tested as emergency intravenous fluid as far back as the ’50s. Coconut water is considered the “father of modern tissue culture science”. It ‘s also a rich source of minerals, vitamins, sugar and bioactive enzymes. It helps to remove dehydration.

– During World War II, coconut water was used as an IV drip because there was not enough blood plasma available.

– Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, that help the development of many organisms.

– No beach vacation is complete without a refreshing coconut drink to help you kick back and relax. In the Philippines, sap from an unopened coconut flower is distilled into a potent drink called lambanog.

– Aside from their culinary purposes, they are also used for cosmetic purposes and as a mosquito repellent (burning the husk).

– They’re loaded with naturally sterile electrolytes, which feed your pH and muscle function

– They have a high fiber content, which makes you feel full longer and helps regulate elimination.

– They’re rich in lauric acid, which converts to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity, and a great deal of research has been done to establish the ability of lauric acid to enhance immunity. This medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) actually disrupts the lipid membranes of offending organisms.

– They offer high levels of manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.

If you didn’t know, well now you do!!!


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