Coconut craze: the buzz behind everyone’s favourite superfood

Here’s all you need to know about the coconut; it’s benefits, recipes and many uses

It may seem as though the world has gone coconut-crazy (and who could blame it?). The tropical fruit has proven a popular healthy substitute for many ingredients and has even become a fundamental part of beauty regimes. Here are just a few reasons why coconuts are good for you:

  • Coconuts contain medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Rather than getting stored as fat, MCFAs get sent to the liver where they are turned into energy. Because this stimulates your metabolism, coconut consumption has been linked to weight loss.
  • They are rich in fibre and vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6.
  • Coconut oil can help to fight bacteria and viruses.
  • Coconut water is a fantastic way to stay hydrated; it contains lots of potassium, is lower in carbohydrates than other sports drinks and serves as a natural electrolyte.

What can I make with coconut products?

Mushroom, coconut, chill and ginger soup 
Our favourite ingredient is joined by a spicy side-kick in this delicious offering. Enjoy as a light lunch or impressive starter.

Coconut and blueberry croissants with lemon curd
Croissants are the ultimate brunch food and they’re given a burst of extra flavour with the addition of tangy-sweet blueberries and tart lemon.

Spicy coconut relish  
A Japanese-inspired side that goes great with tuna tartare or edamame salad. Plus, with no cooking required and only five minutes of preparation, it’s a one-step recipe that you certainly won’t forget.

Coconut and wasabi granita  
A fresh, light and healthy pudding with a surprising spicy component. Don’t be afraid of the wasabi – honey, vanilla and tropical coconut balance the heat beautifully.

Nut-free butter  
A luxuriously thick spread that has just the right amount of crunch. Slather on toast for a healthy and scrumptious alternative to peanut butter.

Coconut oil: uses

  • Use it as an eye makeup remover: only a small amount is needed – make sure to rinse your face with warm water after application.
  • Massage it into your hair as a conditioner – for luscious locks, put the oil (sparingly) on the entire head, or just at the ends where breakage is more likely to occur.
  • Get soft skin by treating coconut oil as a moisturiser: apply as you would with regular lotion.
  • Prevent stretch marks by rubbing some warm oil onto your skin before bed. Rinse off in the morning.
  • Treat it like shaving cream: it acts as an after-shaving moisturiser simultaneously.
  • Mix it with salt and use as a foot scrub. Demerara sugar works just as well as a body exfoliator.
  • Add bicarbonate of soda to it and mix with your toothpaste for shiny teeth.
  • Rub it into your cuticles to make them soft.
  • Soothe sunburn – after the initial heat has worn off, rubbing coconut oil into your skin can help it to heal faster and avoid peeling.

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