Crazy for Coconuts

We love to take care of you at Truce by giving your body nutrition with a purpose, and one way we do that is by incorporating coconut, in its many forms, into our drinks and food.  Whether it's our beloved and freshly prepared Cocobombe made from the coconut meat and coconut water of young Thailand coconuts, our coconut macaroons, or our smoothies made with creamy unsweetened coconut milk, we've got your taste buds and your health covered.  In Sanskrit, coconuts are called "kalpa vriksha", which means "tree which gives all that is necessary for living".  Here's why coconuts live up to all the hype.  

Coconut water (used in our Cocobombe along with the scooped out "meat") has been used in tropical countries for centuries to not only hydrate but to treat a variety of health conditions.  Its high electrolyte content has given it the name as "nature's sport drink" (and a much healthier, natural, lower sugar option than other sports drinks on the market)!  It's also very detoxifying since coconut water has a similar electrolyte profile to our blood, making it ideal for replacing fluids and removing toxins.  The primary nutrient in coconut water is the electrolyte potassium, of which many of us are low on, and which specifically counteracts some of the negative effects of a high sodium processed diet that unfortunately is quit common.  Two other important electrolytes coconut water contains are calcium and magnesium.  These two nutrients work together in our bodies to help maintain muscle relaxation, including our heart muscle, and help with the formation of serotonin, the "feel good" hormone.  

Coconut meat and coconut milk, which is extracted from the meat, are more dense and higher in fat, but I like to clarify that it's high in GOOD fats.  For a long time, I feel like the high fat content of coconut (meat, milk and oil) got a bad rap, but the medium chain fatty acids of the saturated fat in coconut are very good for you.  They are used by our brain (which is primarily made up of fat and relies on a steady stream of it) without going through the digestive tract, so easily accessed by the body.  As well, 50 percent of the fat is lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties and also improves cholesterol levels. So the saturated fat in coconuts actually lowers cholesterol levels, improves blood pressure and helps with overall heart health. Just to top it off, the fat in coconut helps slow the rate at which sugar is released into the bloodstream, better controlling insulin levels and preventing a "sugar high".  The healthy fats in coconut meat and milk are just one part of it.  It's also high in potassium, calcium and magnesium, like coconut water, as well as iron, manganese and selenium.  

If that doesn't get you running for a coconut, maybe the fact that it's just a "safe" food for anyone will. Because it's completely free from dairy, lactose, soy, nuts or grains, it's a good option for anyone with allergies or intolerances to these foods.  Nutritious, delicious and safe rolled into one....you can't beat that!   So whether it's our hydrating Cocobombe, our snacky coconut macaroons, or our more filling coconut milk smoothies, you really can't go wrong.  Satisfy a craving and get a nutritional boost at the same time. :) 

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