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Paddle Healthy | 10 Benefits of Coconut

From hair care to beauty products, hydration to cooking, coconut is the SUP diet’s latest craze.  It’s a healthy option for a lot of the paddling assets that’s made its way into a wide-variety of consumer products nationwide. Ironic, considering until recently coconut was believed to be unhealthy due to high fat content. T0 celebrate that busted myth, here’s some fodder for next time a conversation on the water turns into a coconut debate. —SC

1. Coconut is classified as a drupe–meaning it's considered a fruit, nut, and seed.

2. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and researchers believe humans first domesticated coconut in prehistoric time.

3. Coconut flour is high in fiber and supplies the body with amino acids.

4. Coconut oil is unique considering that it possesses hypocholesterolemic (cholesterol-lowering) effects—unlike other oils derived from plants.

5. The drupe has a low glycemic index, which helps prevent blood sugar levels from fluctuating drastically.

6. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that's converted to the monoglyceride monolaurin, which has antiviral, antibacterial properties

7. Consuming two to three tablespoons of coconut oil daily can reportedly help reduce—or even reverse—poor blood circulation.

8. Saturated fat in coconut oil differs from other saturated fat, as it's composed of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which stimulate the body's metabolism because they're converted to energy (unlike other fats that are stored in the body) and promotes the loss of excess body fat.

9. Coconut water is rich in antioxidants and high in potassium—around 600mg per cup!

10. When applied topically, coconut oil protects the skin from free radicals (which cause the appearance of aging) and can help provide relief to those who suffer from skin problems such as dry skin.


Recipe for a healthy post-paddle smoothie with coconut and banana.

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