One of my favorite foods in Laos, and all of Southeast Asia, is coconut. You can usually buy them fresh for 50 cents to $1, put them in the fridge and enjoy them whenever you need a refreshing drink or satisfying snack.
When we moved to Laos, I was thrilled to see we had our very own coconut tree! Unfortunately, our coconut tree wasn’t very good at producing coconuts and produced only one little coconut at a time. Even when the neighbors’ trees just a few feet away had 15-20 coconuts on them, ours still only had one. So, we just continued buying them at the market. We especially kept stocked up on coconuts after I got pregnant, because it was one of the few things I could tolerate and even enjoy while I had morning sickness.
The more I learn about coconuts, the happier I am that I love them. They have so many health benefits and uses. Besides drinking the coconut water and eating the flesh, there is coconut milk, coconut oil, and coconut flour. Even the coconut husk is good for getting a fire started.
Some of the benefits of this amazing and delicious superfood, include:
- Fight bacteria, viruses and fungi
- Give you more energy
- Improve blood cholesterol levels
- Boost brain function in Alzheimer’s patients
- Moisturize your skin and hair and act as a natural sunscreen
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of benefits of the coconut. Most of these come from the coconut oil. Need some ideas how to use and eat more coconut oil? Check out 101 Uses for Coconut Oil.
Do you use coconut oil? What do you use it for?